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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

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.0 out of 5

Insurance group

Warranty

Service interval

Annual company-car tax (20%/40%)

33-35

3yrs/unlimited miles

2yrs/18,000 miles

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.

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 rival brands MercedesAudi 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 (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.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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