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BMW 330e running costs

The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will be a very cheap car to run in most cases, especially for company-car users

BMW 330e
Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs rating

4.5 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService interval2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
33-443yrs/unlimited miles2yrs/18,000 milesFrom £879 / £1,759

BMW has always been good at making luxurious cars that are cheap to run, and the latest 330e is a typical embodiment of this philosophy. Its low CO2 emissions reduce company-car tax bills compared to running a diesel, and it can be very frugal in day-to-day motoring if you make the most of its near-40-mile electric range.

BMW 330e insurance group

The BMW 330e falls into insurance group 33 in standard from or 34 if you pick the xDrive four-wheel-drive version. That's slightly more than the 320d diesel (which is in group 29) as well as the equivalent Mercedes plug-in hybrid, the C 300 de (also in group 29).

Warranty

The BMW 330e gets the same three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty as any BMW sold new in the UK, which is comparable to those offered by rivals Mercedes, Audi and Volvo (although the latter two imposes a 60,000-mile limit on its cover).

Servicing

The BMW 330e requires a service every two years or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Road tax

As a plug-in hybrid, the 330e is classed as an 'alternatively fuelled vehicle' by the government and so gets a £10 discount on the standard annual road-tax rate of £155, down to £145. However, all versions of the 330e these days have a list price above the £40,000 threshold for paying the £335 annual 'premium surcharge'. So you have to pay £480 the first five times you tax it.

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