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2016 BMW 330e

$24,867 — $36,859 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.5) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Battery recharges in a few hours
  • 50:50 weight distribution, front to rear
  • Ability to conserve battery's charge for later driving
  • Overall driving range

The Bad

  • All-wheel drive not offered
  • Price premium over 328i
2016 BMW 330e exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 BMW 330e
  • New for 2016
  • Plug-in hybrid based on 3 Series sedan
  • Powered by an electric motor and turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Approximately 14 miles of all-electric range, 350 miles total
  • Rear-wheel drive

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

Joining BMW's growing lineup of electrified cars — which already includes the i3 all-electric hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car — is the 2016 eDrive 330e. The plug-in hybrid version of the 3 Series sedan promises the familiar look and luxury of the regular 3 Series but with an ultra-efficient gas-electric hybrid powertrain, sophisticated driving dynamics and an all-electric, zero-emissions range the automaker says is practical for city drivers and commuters.
Exterior
If you like the exterior of the regular 3 Series sedan, it's unlikely you'll find anything to dislike about the 330e. It reprises the signature twin-kidney grille and pointed wraparound headlights, along with contoured character lines spanning the hood and sides. The main identifiable difference between the regular and plug-in versions is the covered charging port just behind the driver-side front wheel.
Interior
Much of the interior also carries over, and since the 330e's lithium-ion battery pack is positioned under the trunk, cargo room isn't impacted. Trunk space is about 13 cubic feet, according to BMW, the same as the 2016 BMW 328i.

The 330e comes standard with auxiliary heating and cooling, which can be activated by a button on the car key or preprogrammed either via the iDrive operating system or the BMW ConnectedDrive smartphone app.

Under the Hood
The rear-wheel-drive 330e is powered by the tandem contributions of a gas engine and electric motor tha...

Vehicle Overview

Joining BMW's growing lineup of electrified cars — which already includes the i3 all-electric hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car — is the 2016 eDrive 330e. The plug-in hybrid version of the 3 Series sedan promises the familiar look and luxury of the regular 3 Series but with an ultra-efficient gas-electric hybrid powertrain, sophisticated driving dynamics and an all-electric, zero-emissions range the automaker says is practical for city drivers and commuters.
Exterior
If you like the exterior of the regular 3 Series sedan, it's unlikely you'll find anything to dislike about the 330e. It reprises the signature twin-kidney grille and pointed wraparound headlights, along with contoured character lines spanning the hood and sides. The main identifiable difference between the regular and plug-in versions is the covered charging port just behind the driver-side front wheel.
Interior
Much of the interior also carries over, and since the 330e's lithium-ion battery pack is positioned under the trunk, cargo room isn't impacted. Trunk space is about 13 cubic feet, according to BMW, the same as the 2016 BMW 328i.

The 330e comes standard with auxiliary heating and cooling, which can be activated by a button on the car key or preprogrammed either via the iDrive operating system or the BMW ConnectedDrive smartphone app.

Under the Hood
The rear-wheel-drive 330e is powered by the tandem contributions of a gas engine and electric motor that runs on a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack; the system makes a combined 247 horsepower. BMW says it's good for a 5.9-second zero-to-60 mph sprint on its way to a 130-mph top speed. The gas engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 180 hp, while the electric motor puts out 76 hp. The system is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain also features a permanent electric boost function, which boosts power in passing situations.

In addition to a trio of selectable driving modes — Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro — the driver can also choose from another three settings that govern battery use. Auto eDrive balances the use of the gas engine and electric motor for "optimum effect in all driving situations." Max eDrive uses electric power only and allows a top speed of 75 mph, and the gas engine can take over any time greater acceleration is needed. Save Battery mode ensures the battery's energy stores are maintained, or regenerated, if the charge level drops below 50 percent.

The battery, the automaker says, can be recharged in 2 hours and 15 minutes using a BMW i Wallbox with a charging power of 3.7 kilowatts, while a full charge takes an extra hour on a household power socket.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
2 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)
(4.0)

its a comfortable car easy to drive

by Danial Sohail from London on September 11, 2017

this car meet to me with my friends safely and my family easy to drive it and its most comfortable for us Read full review

(5.0)

Perfect city sedan!

by JoseOle777 from Los Angeles, Ca on May 26, 2017

Combine BMW's stellar driving punch with fuel economy and you get this! I addition to it being a fun sporty vehicle this car will change how you think of your usual fuel pump pit stops. I enjoyed ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 BMW 330e currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 BMW 330e Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
poor

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
marginal
Overall Evaluation
marginal
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 330e received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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