Hybrid Battle: BMW 330e iPerformance vs Lexus IS 300h

3-Series, News | March 15th, 2017 by 20
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Hybrid sport sedans are becoming more and more popular in the premium compact sedan segment. Brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz were the first to really …

Hybrid sport sedans are becoming more and more popular in the premium compact sedan segment. Brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz were the first to really do so, launching the BMW 330e and Mercedes-Benz C350e. However, there’s a newcomer to this group, the Lexus IS 300h. So how does it stack up against the BMW? Motoring.co.au finds out.

In this latest review by Motoring, the BMW 330e goes toe-to-toe with the new Lexus IS 300h. Both cars are tested for their quality, driving performance and overall efficiency. These are new times, when a 3 Series isn’t tested just for its dynamics.

Under the hood of the BMW 330e is a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s mated to an electric motor, which combine to develop 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is sent through the typical eight-speed automatic to the rear wheels. When using all of the hybrid powertrain’s might, the 330e can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds, which is about as fast as the normal BMW 330i.

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By comparison, the Lexus IS 300h uses a naturally-aspirated 2.5 liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and an old-school nickel battery which combine to make 223 hp. That setup is paired with a CVT transmission and also powers the rear wheels. The Lexus’ 0-60 mph time? A comparatively lazy 8.5 seconds.

But their performance isn’t the real story here because, after all, they’re hybrids. The real story is how efficient they are and the BMW 330e wins that battle too. It can actually be used as a pure EV in the real world, with up to 37 km of pure electric driving, although, Motoring only noticed about 25 km. Still, though, that’s a lot more than the Lexus, which could barely muster a single km before the engine kicked in. A lot of the reason for that is that the BMW is a plug-in hybrid, which can be charged like an EV while the Lexus is a more traditional hybrid.

Combine the BMW’s better performance and far superior efficiency with the fact that it’s also more fun to drive and has a better cabin and the BMW 330e is the clear winner of this test.

[Source: Motoring.co.au]

20 responses to “Hybrid Battle: BMW 330e iPerformance vs Lexus IS 300h”

  1. Arunabh says:

    Good one.

    Now can one of the moderators publish the result of 9 cars compact luxury sport compact from motortrend here?

    • Arunabh says:

      *9 car compact luxury sport shootout

      • guest says:

        Why? As MT point out, you can rent a competitor from Hertz or buy a similarly sized Civic for half $. Get back to me when they comparison test the Jalopnik/Chris Harris Special Edition 320i.

        • Arunabh says:

          Can you try to connect this to my comment pl.

          • guest says:

            Your original unrelated to this article comment?
            Your request for this blog to repeat an article which you evidently have already read?
            Or my attempt to point out that the MT test has nothing to do with this article or blog?
            Which part is over your head?

          • Arunabh says:

            BMW blog seldom covers the articles where BMW models get (genuine) criticism. Its for this reason I commented that just as they published a comparo from motoring Australia where a bimmer has won, they should have put an article about what other journals are saying about bimmers elsewhere.

            And in a way, isn’t this blog all about repeating articles from auto websites around the world?

            And dont worry about which part is a over my head. You better try to hold your pants from falling further.

            And even better, When you aren’t getting what others are upto here is what you can do: stay silent. It helps alot in masking the stupidity and even gives an (incorrect) impression of intelligence.

          • guest says:

            You still don’t get it. The car Motor Trend put in 7th place is the same one, when properly optioned, which beats the competition, thus my Jalopnik/Chris Harris SE citation. This article is about HYBRIDS ie., UNRELATED to the Motor Trend ICE mass market test vehicle. IF you read this blog, you’d know they cite Motor Trend & that other readers often comment on their anti-BMW bias (for instance commending brands that break down during testing). This is BMWBLOG, if you want BMWHATERBLOG, go elsewhere. There’s lots of it.

          • Arunabh says:

            I am also a hardcore BMW lover. But i also accept the fact that the ethos for which BMW was loved aren’t there anymore or have diluted to a point that the vehicles doesn’t have any distinction to other brands.

            It gives me immense pain that BMW’s name is taken up with lesser brands like Lexus, Audi etc. While they all are wonderful brands in themselves BMW was always a cut above them all which frankly isn’t the case any more.

            AMGs beat M in the game started by BMW, nowadays. Jaguars are regularly churning out cars that are easily better than BMW in terms of ride and handling. Whether one likes or hate its interior designs, Mercedes are head and shoulder above BMW in giving the best impression of luxury. As far as tech is concerned, let next gen Audi A6 and A8 come to showrooms. They will, probably, have BMW’s number right from day one. And since when does ‘OPTIONED CORRECTLY’ to extract all the driving pleasure become a thing with BMW. Why has driving pleasure become so much of an option kind of thing when it should ideally be an intrinsic part of any BMW’s DNA?

            Just because we love BMW, are we going to accept whatever BMW is throwing out to us only because it has roundel slapped to it? And isn’t it a fact that more and more people are complaining the same stuff about BMW now?

            The place where i live, i get to see atleast 1 or 2 maybach(Latest one) and 4+ S classes daily. but i have not seen one single new gen 7 series for last 25 odd days. Same is the case for C class. 7:2 is the ratio in which i see C class to 3 series.

            I request you to go through more articles, in this blog, where I have appreciated BMW where they deserved it. But i can’t act blind when i know things aren’t the same anymore.

            Things will go further South if we dont speak up now. And in a way, i am actually playing a role of BMW fan by trying hard to keep pointing where BMW is loosing it.

          • guest says:

            Yes, your typing will save the brand. I don’t know that you make a single statement that is valid.

          • Arunabh says:

            And yet you are waiting for me to put a comment only so that you can reply. Or for that matter you yourself are involved in typing only to prove yourself a BMW lover. LOL.

            And clearly, since you aren’t a fact based guy everything i say will fall flat on you.

          • guest says:

            You mistake subjectivity for fact, like beauty, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. BMW are at an all time sales high, they are still the benchmark, your claims for other brands reflect your bias. I’ve been following the company since 1970, I’ve watched them earn their success, it has nothing to do with my typing.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            None of your statements are correct. Sorry. First, we publish many times articles where the BMW doesn’t win.

            Second, we don’t republish ALL articles. We share things from others, just like they do also. We all do lots of original content.

            Browse around and let me know if you have questions.

          • Arunabh says:


            What you guys are doing is amazing. You guys put genuine effort to bring the best content for your readers.

            my point here is simple. When you guys are publishing what other journals have said about BMWs share it with readers with complete neutrality.

            Almost all the European reviews have said one thing about G 30’s ride. It is pliant only when specced with Dynamic Damper Control or else its busy and fidgety. But you guys have not captured this piece of information anywhere.

            The first drive that Car and driver did ( http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/first-drive-2017-bmw-5-series-review ) clearly stated that they are unsure whether this new steering setup is a hit or a miss, as per them. And overall, they were lightly warmed to this car, if at all. But the cover up article appeared to be hell bent to give a very rosy picture of what C&D guys think.

            At that point, i put a comment to your article as well ( which didn’t got so much attention as this one did, :P) ( https://www.bmwblog.com/2016/11/29/car-driver-drives-new-bmw-g30-5-series/ ).

            Your blog is a very respected blog. And i am pretty sure that guys at BMW must be going through it regularly. I try to use this opportunity to take my voice to them directly. I use several other forums to raise my point.

            And yes, i think if a concerted typing effort will be done, then BMW will definitely hear it. ( although, i got quite a bit disappointed when C&D sat Johann Kistler, driving dynamic expert of BMW and he almost indirectly stated that the era of intuitive and feelsome steering is gone – http://blog.caranddriver.com/steer-me-feel-me-exploring-why-bmws-no-longer-excel-in-steering-feel/ )

          • To be fair, we have mentioned that the ride is good on the adaptive suspension setup but don’t mention the standard setup because we haven’t yet driven it. So far, every G30 BMW has lent us or let us drive has only had the adaptive suspension, so it’s what we comment on. We can’t review something we haven’t driven.

            Also, when we do share what other reviews or news is reported, we do share it in its neutrality. There are literally countless articles from this site where we just report someone’s complaint of a BMW. The only time we voice our opinion is when we either agree or disagree with something said and have reason and/or experience to back it up.

            I’ve personally written reviews about BMWs where I’ve been disappointed and I’ve personally written comparison tests for this site where the BMW has lost. So our objectivity being questioned is really starting to get old.

          • Arunabh says:

            Thanks for reverting, Nico.

            When you are simply capturing what other journals think about the car then it should be stated as it is.

            In actual, you are simply telling us what they felt about car when they reviewed. Just because you have not driven car without DDC, that should not hold you guys from stating what other journals have said about car without DDC. And its actually a critical piece of information to someone who is not informed (and there will be many) about the difference DDC brings to car’s ride.

            And i do agree that you guys cover lot of things that are, in a way, not boasting about BMW. Recalls, Low Sales predictions, were all covered by you in the past. You guys are really doing more than best to keep us informed and aware.

            And lastly, my greatest regards to You, Horatiu, and rest of team for conceiving this wonderful blog. it has become a great platform for people from all around the world to gather and discuss about a great brand. :)

            May this blog grows from strength to strength.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Thanks for the kind words and for supporting us, it means a lot!

  2. Øystein Hermansen says:

    Just a correction (or maybe BMW also have those “old school nickel batteries”), the IS300h has NiMh type just like the BMW i8. And the trunk size in the 330e is 80 litre less then the IS300h (370 vs 450).

    It all comes down to ones priorities.

    • Sander says:

      Just a correction (or maybe BMW also have those “old school nickel batteries”), the IS300h has NiMh type just like the BMW i8.

      BMW i8 battery is lithium-ion (same as i3), not NiMh.

  3. lo co says:

    I think Lexus is not the newcomer…
    Since 2013 they give to us this hybrid.
    And we know hère in France that these types of cars ( 330e or c350e or s500e ) have only battery for green rules.( Taxes, parking , smog days…)

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