2016 BMW 330e

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2016 BMW 330e
2016 BMW 330e

Key specs

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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

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Notable features

  • 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

2016 BMW 330e review: Our expert's take

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.
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.
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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


Happy First Time BMW Owners

We love the 330e plug in hybrid. We infrequently gas it up as the hybrid combo works great. Very comfortable and a kick to drive.


its a comfortable car easy to drive

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


Perfect city sedan!

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 driving this vehicle around town, it had enough torque to make it a zippy drive, in addition to being a very quiet cabin. The interior features look like any other 3 series sedan except for the "edrive" button, the exterior has special badging that makes others know your driving an "E" vehicle. The car comes with a charger that you can plug to any regular outlet for easy convenience at home. The 330e gives you complete liberty as to how you'd like the car to perform whether its strictly gas, electric power or a combination of both!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
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
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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