BMW 330e review: running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will work out very cheap to run in most cases, especially for company-car users
Annual company-car tax (20%/40%)
From £1,110 / £2,220
BMW has always been good at making luxurious cars that are cheap to run, and the latest 330e is typical 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 30-plus-mile electric range.
BMW 330e insurance group
The BMW 330e falls into insurance groups from 33 to 35 depending on the exact specification chosen, with the more expensive trim levels attracting slightly higher premiums. That's significantly less than one of its main rivals, the Mercedes C-Class hybrid, which starts in group 43.
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 rival brands Mercedes, Audi and Volvo (although the latter two imposes a 60,000-mile limit on its cover).
The BMW 330e requires a service every two years or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first.
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 (VED) rate of £180, bringing it down to £170. However, all versions of the 330e have a list price above the £40,000 threshold for paying the £390 annual 'premium surcharge'. So you have to pay £560 the first five times you tax it.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid is a very accomplished all-rounder, combining driving enjoyment with ultra-low running costs for an appealing package
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe 330e's electric range isn't quite the best in class, but the plug-in BMW should still offer low running costs
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingThe BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will work out very cheap to run in most cases, especially for company-car users
- 4Performance, engine & driveKeen drivers will be right at home in the BMW 330e, especially when they put it into Sport mode for extra power
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortA recent facelift has further modernised the 330e's classy and well-built cabin
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityA smaller boot than the petrol and diesel 3 Series counts against the otherwise-impressive BMW 330e plug-in hybrid here
- 7Reliability & safety ratingBMW as a brand isn't rated amazingly, but there's plenty of the latest safety kit available for the 330e plug-in hybrid