BMW 330e costs, insurance, warranty & tax
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||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|33-44||3yrs/unlimited miles||2yrs/18,000 miles||From £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).
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 £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.
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 official range of 37 miles puts it among the best in class, so the BMW is one of the most efficient plug-in hybrid saloons
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingThe BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will be a very cheap car 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 & comfortYou need the top-spec BMW 330e M Sport for the full suite of in-car technology and features
- 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 very highly by owners, but there's plenty of the latest safety kit available for the 330e plug-in hybrid