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
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|33||3yrs/unlimited miles||2yrs/18,000 miles||From £771 / £1,542|
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 40+-mile range.
BMW 330e insurance group
The BMW 330e falls into insurance group 33, regardless of trim level. That's slightly more than the 320d diesel model (which is in group 29) as well as the equivalent Mercedes plug-in hybrid, the C 300 de (also in group 29).
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).
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 rate of £150, down to £140.
However, it only takes a few optional extras ticked on the order form to nudge the 330e's price above the £40,000 threshold for paying the £325 annual luxury-car surcharge. If you do so, you'll be paying £465 annually for the five years road tax is due, reverting to £150 a year after that.
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
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingAn official electric range of up to 37 miles is best in the class, so the BMW promises to be as efficient as it gets for plug-in executive saloon
- 3Running costs - currently readingThe BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will be a very cheap car to run in most cases, especially for company-car users
- 4Engines, drive & performanceKeen drivers will be right at home in the BMW 330e, especially when they put it into Sport mode for extra power
- 5Interior & comfortYou need the top-spec BMW 330e M Sport for the full suite of in-car technology and features
- 6Practicality & boot spaceA smaller boot than the petrol and diesel 3 Series counts against the otherwise-impressive BMW 330e plug-in hybrid here
- 7Reliability & safetyBMW as a brand isn't rated very highly by owners, but there's plenty of the latest safety kit available for the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid