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BMW 3 Series Touring

330e M Sport 5dr Step Auto

BMW 3 Series Touring - 330e M Sport 5dr Step Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£43,635.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol Plugin
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
5.9 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
N/A
By Line

The 330e Plug-in hybrid is the technological flagship of BMW's current 3 Series line-up. Now, it has wider appeal. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

With BMW's plug-in hybrid petrol/electric 330e model, the conventional 320i variant's 184hp 2.0-litre petrol engine has been matched with an electric motor and a larger battery to create quite a package. Now you can have it with the estate body style and xDrive AWD too.

Background

Not everyone wanting futuristic engine technology wants their car to also look futuristic. To look like BMW's i3 for instance. If you're buying from this Bavarian brand and want a petrol/electric powerplant, the 330e Plug-in hybrid offers a more subtle way to go. You get 37.3 miles of all-electric driving range when the car's charged up, which enables the creation of some impressive overall stats - up to 217.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and as little as 30g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Those figures fall only fractionally with this Touring estate body style. Take some time to understand BMW's thinking here and it's hard not to be impressed.

Driving Experience

This current 330e Plug-in hybrid took a big step forward over its predecessor, the main difference between the two cars found when it comes to measurement of all-electric driving range. This was rated at only 21 miles in the previous generation 3 Series plug-in but in this current 330e design, BMW clams up to 37 miles of zero emissions motoring from a fully-charged set of batteries. In other words, if you've a pretty typical daily commute, you might never have to fuel up this car to complete it. As you might expect, this kind of cleverness comes courtesy of a very advanced powerplant indeed, in this case a combination of the 184bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit from the 320i mated to an electric motor incorporating an 'XtraBoost' function. This can increase power to as much as 293hp, reducing the 62mph sprint time to six seconds exactly. The hybrid system's extra weight drops maximum speed slightly over that of the ordinary 320i, but it's still rated at 143mph. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is now available on this variant.

Design and Build

This isn't the kind of Plug-in hybrid model you'll buy if you want to make an eco-statement. Unless you really know your BMWs, there's almost nothing to visually differentiate a 330e from any other 3 Series saloon unless you happen to spot the side panel charging flap. The 3 Series styling theme by now should be familiar to almost every business buyer. Classic cues like the kidney grille at the front, the sharp lines of the flanks and the powerful rear end are all present and correct. The cabin looks predictably smart, with chrome finishing and high-gloss surfaces. This 'M Sport'-trimmed models get the full 'Live Cockpit Professional' package which gives you a 12.3-inch virtual instrument binnacle screen and a 10.25-inch centre-dash iDrive monitor. There's some clever stuff incorporated into this pricier set-up, including gesture control and what BMW calls an 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', which works a bit like the 'Siri' or 'Google Assistant' systems you might use on your 'phone and is there to answer questions you can voice to the car as you drive it. And out back? Well the 330e saloon's luggage bay measures 375-litres - that's 105-litres down on a conventional four-door 3 Series model. This Touring estate 330e derivative has a 410-litre boot, extendable to 1,420-litres - which is 90-litres down on a conventionally-engined 3 Series Touring model.

Market and Model

The 330e now comes in both saloon and Touring estate guises, plus there's a choice of either rear-driven or 4x4 xDrive formats. You get four trim levels to choose from - 'SE', 'Sport', 'M Sport' and 'M Sport Pro Edition'. Prices start at around £40,000 and rise to around £50,000. As with all Plug-in hybrids, you have to have automatic transmission. The xDrive set-up commands an extra premium of around £1,500. There's a premium of £1,500 for this Touring estate body style. Key rivals include include two models from Mercedes (the C300e and the CLA 250e), the Volvo S60 T8 Plug-in Hybrid and, if you're prepared to compromise on a premium badge in return for a bit of extra space, the Volkswagen Passat GTE and the Skoda Superb iV. Even base 'SE' trim gets you plenty of kit that previously you'd have had to pay extra for on a 3 Series - things like Adaptive full-LED headlamps, a Parking Assistant that automatically steers you into spaces, a reversing camera, acoustic side glass and 3-Zone air conditioning that allows rear passengers to set their own climate. BMW has even standardised its lovely 'Welcome Light Carpet' that illuminates the ground around the front doors when you get into the car or step out of it at night.

Cost of Ownership

Despite the fact that these days there's no longer the government contribution towards the purchase price that helped to boost sales of earlier versions of the old 'F30'-series 330e, BMW still reckons this plug-in derivative will be a strong seller. The installation of a more capable 12.0kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery has nearly doubled its potential electric driving range - to as much as 37.3 miles. And increased the all-electric top speed potential to 68mph. Charging time for the 12.0kWh battery is around two and a half hours from a conventional 7kW garage wallbox or plug-in public charge point. Hook up to a domestic 3-pin socket and the charging time will be just under five and a half hours. As usual with Plug-in hybrids, the official WLTP combined cycle fuel figures - up to 217.3mpg for the saloon and up to 201.8g/km for this Touring version - need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but the important thing is that the government believes the quoted CO2 return - which can be as little as 30g/km in the saloon or up to 32g/km in the Touring. Either way, this means a super-low Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating of 10%. Of course it's unlikely that you'd ever achieve the quoted mpg and CO2 figures in the real world, but the important thing is that the government believes them, hence the attractive tax breaks that'll come as part and parcel of 330e model ownership.

Summary

Here, BMW has brought us a hybrid 3 Series model that makes real world sense. The previous generation 330e struggled a little in this regard with its relatively restricted all-electric driving range. Fortunately, technology has moved on and this current 'G20'-series 330e model demonstrates just how far. If you were thinking of a high-spec diesel-engined version of this Bavarian contender, we think you really have to look at a 330e as a realistic alternative. The waiting lists for this variant suggest that many potential customers already are.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Rear wiper
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
BRAKES
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
  • Dry braking
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC ) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Hill start assist
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Front and rear velour floor mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
  • Stroke dependent dampers
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with audio streaming
DRIVER AIDS
  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Cruise control with brake function speed limiter
  • Electric power steering
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Auto start-stop
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
  • BMW service history
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Condition based service
  • iDrive controller on centre console
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • On board computer - average speed fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Aluminium tetragon interior trim
ENGINE
  • Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
  • Battery cut-out switch
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
ENTERTAINMENT
  • DAB tuner
  • Electronic service booklet
  • Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black roof mouldings
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour fuel filler flap
  • Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
  • Fading support
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M designation on front side panels, left and right
  • Matt black exterior B pillar
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Solid paint
  • Visible VIN plate
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V power socket in front storage compartment
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • 4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim front centre console armrest
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Vernasca leather upholstery
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet
  • Centred top Luggage compartment lights
  • Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Illuminated armrest storage compartment
  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
  • Make-up mirror lights
PACKS
  • Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
  • M Aerodynamics pack - 3 Series Saloon/Touring
  • Parking assistant pack - 3 Series
SAFETY
  • 2 tone horn
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
SEATS
  • 3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with load through system
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sport seats
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment
SECURITY
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Vehicle key with M specific designation
TRANSMISSION
  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
WHEELS
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" NON-RFT M double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 790M inlcuding BMW mobility kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • HC: 35E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 56
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 62
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 68
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 66
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 48
  • Bore: 82
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1998
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Codes: B48B20M1
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 94.6
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 147
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 162
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 162
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 170
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 161
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 161
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 168
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 32
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 32
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 37
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 29.1
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 360
  • Badge Power: 2.3
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: e
  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 292
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 258
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 0-100
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 5.9
  • BHP: 292
  • Engine Power KW: 215
  • Engine Power RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 310
  • Engine Torque MKG: 42.8
  • Engine Torque NM: 420
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1350
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 143
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 790M
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1442
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4709
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4
  • Wheelbase: 2851
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1827
  • Width (including mirrors): 2068
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 410
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2355
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1420
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1830
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 525
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Personal Lease
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£358.03
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,222.29 inc VAT
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Ex VAT
£298.36
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,685.24 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
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43,635.00
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£199 +VAT
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Free UK mainland
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£358.03
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£358.03
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,222.29 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£298.36
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,685.24 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
43,635.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
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Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
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Vehicle Information
List Price
£43,635.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol Plugin
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
5.9 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
N/A
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£358.03
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,222.29 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£298.36
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,685.24 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

BMW 3 Series Touring

330e M Sport 5dr Step Auto

BMW 3 SERIES TOURING *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£358.03
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,222.29 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£298.36
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,685.24 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC