BMW’s first 3 Series plugin-hybrid – the 330e – is quickly shaping up to be one of the best cars to buy today. The 330e has been received with enthusiasm by the community and has been equally praised by magazines from around the world.
In our recent review, we talked about the rise of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, a trend that’s not going to stop anytime soon. For petrolheads this will mark a terrible shift in priorities, most of them struggling to buy one or two iconic models that they think highly of, before they are simply banned. However, these new changes are also dictating at least some part of what car manufacturers have to do moving forward and that’s how models such as the BMW 330e iPerformance start to take shape.
Now Car and Driver joins to sing its praises by pushing a review on a 2016 330e referring to the 3er plugin hybrid as “a sparkling performer.” In their instrumented test, the 330e reached 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and to 98 mph in the quarter-mile in just 14.3 seconds, beating the regular 2.0-liter model by 0.7 second and 0.8 second and nearly matching the 240-hp 328i.
The braking distance was slightly worse than the 320i, considering it carries more weight. The 330e’s 171-foot stop from 70 mph was longer than the 320i’s braking distance by eight feet. On the skidpad, the 330e showed 0.86 g versus 0.87 for the lighter 320i. Noise measurements were a near match except for the hybrid’s 30-decibel murmur at idle versus the combustion car’s 43 decibels.
Since the 330e is not only about saving the planet, but also about saving some cash, the 330e is extremely efficient and easy on the wallet – it averages 30mpg, 8 mpg better than the 320i.
At 62,345, the 330e test car is far from being the most affordable 3 Series in the current lineup, but for those looking to the future, this might just be the car for you.
Here is the full review at Car and Driver.