2017 BMW 3 Series Hybrid Sedan

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$44,100

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Overview

Being the Hybrid version of the iconic 3 series, this car has a lot to prove. It was one of those cars which single-handedly crafted the compact luxury sedans. Some would say it has lost its edge and honestly the notion is not entirely false. The drive quality is good, steering is responsive, and the design is impressive. However it's getting a little tired in terms of features, the style is becoming a relic, and better technology is outrunning the 3 series. It used to be the Godfather which had the respect and admiration with the “Wow” factor. But now the 3 series doesn’t spark anything similar. It’s a good car but nothing special.

With the sticker price of $44,100, the BMW 330e is powered with a hybrid powertrain of 2.0L 4 cylinder engine and 7.6-kWh battery and 87-hp electric motor. The sedan pumps out a 247 horsepower and 301-pound-feet of torque. You get a sports line design for the exterior and the four interior wood options on the dash.

This hybrid sedan boasts its BMW heritage and mastery in the compact luxury segment. However, in the past years, BMW received a lot of competition from its fellow Germans and other automakers all over the world. The likes of Mercedes Benz C350e and Infiniti Q50 Premium keeps the Beemer on its toes.

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Pros

Uber Interior Quality

The battery doesn’t take a toll on cargo

Balanced Handling

Cons

Lack of Features

Steering is less responsive than its rivals

What's New?

There is no major change for the 330e this year



Styles

 2017 BMW 3 Series hybrid Sedan in Imperial Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series hybrid Sedan in Glacier Silver Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series hybrid Sedan in Estoril Blue Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series hybrid Sedan in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2017 BMW 3 Series hybrid Sedan in Alpine White color
Imperial Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Safety

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Engine

7.8

Interior

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.8

Features

7.8

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 BMW 3 Series hybrid Sedan 330e iPerformance

330e iPerformance

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$44,100

Configurations
330e iPerformance 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 184-hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 215 lbs.-ft. @ 1350 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (NULL/30/0)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial November 16, 2018

7.4

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine

 

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

With the sticker price of $44,100, the BMW 330e is powered with a hybrid powertrain of 2.0L 4 cylinder engine and 7.6-kWh battery and 87-hp electric motor. The sedan pumps out a 247 horsepower and 301-pound-feet of torque. You get a sports line design for the exterior and the four interior wood options on the dash.

This hybrid sedan boasts its BMW heritage and mastery in the compact luxury segment. However, in the past years, BMW received a lot of competition from its fellow Germans and other automakers all over the world. The likes of Mercedes Benz C350e and Infiniti Q50 Premium keeps the Beemer on its toes.

Features

7.8/10

The 2018 BMW 3 series Hybrid is the efficient child of the 3 series family. It's widely similar to rest of its siblings and inherits the same traits and values. It gets the smaller turbocharged 2.0L 4 Cylinder engine with an integrated electric motor. This hybrid powerplant delivers a 247 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This sedan is equipped with features like a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate, a standard 6.5-inch infotainment screen and more.

Trim

BMW 330e iperformance 4dr

MSRP

$44,100

Key

Features

Aluminum Hexagon trim/Estoril Blue matte highlight

SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year subscription

BMW Navigation system

Adaptive Full LED Headlights

BMW Connected App Compatibility

Head-up Display

We Recommend

 The 330e is the single trim available, so there is not much to choose. However, we would recommend you to get the Driver assist package which makes things easier. You can also get the Premium package for making your cabin more luxurious. BMW offers independent features like heads up display, heated steering wheel, a navigation system, active blind spot Detection and more.

Engine

7.8/10
“We wanted to like the 330e more than we did. It feels balanced and agile, the brakes are secure, but the edge is dulled by 350-some pounds of added plug-in hybrid component weight. What we didn't expect was the lackluster steering, which is nowhere near as communicative as in the 340i we tested”-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 330e gets the last variant form the 4 turbo options in the BMW armory. It is backed with a 2L Turbo-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, similar to its 320i sibling. Further, the engine gets assistance from a 7.6-kWh battery and 87-hp electric motor. This hybrid powerplant is capable of generating 247 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The engineers at the BMW factory has done a great job merging raw engine power with the electric motor and at the same time generate such a flawless power delivery, good job Bimmer.

Though the electric motor and batteries add 500 pounds more to the 3 series, it doesn’t affect much on the drive. The 330e is only available in all-wheel-drive.

Models

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

MSRP

$44,100

$46,400

$47,800

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.5L V6

Transmission

8 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

7 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

247 [email protected]

275 [email protected]

258 [email protected]

Torque

310 ft-lbs

443 [email protected]

360 [email protected]

Priced the lowest the BMW 330e is the ideal car for the luxury shopper in the market. The 247 horsepower is more than adequate for a car priced a little less the $45 grand. The Mercedes C35e is the direct competition to the 330e, but it's overpriced yet add more horses to your powertrain. The Infiniti Q50 is the inflated sedan in the segment with the V6 engine but low power output than BMW.

Acceleration

The 4-cylinder turbo might not play well for its sibling but for things are just fine for this Hybrid. The 247 horsepower and smart weight distribution allow the 330e to make the 60 mph test under 6 seconds. There is no notable turbo lag and speeding up feels natural for the majority of the time. As you hammer the accelerator this beemer hits the quarter mile light in 14.3 seconds. Not the best time in the lot, but better than some of its siblings.

Models

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e \4dr

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

5.9 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter mile

14.3 sec

N/A

13.4 sec

Engine

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

3.5L V6

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

6.1

Despite more horsepower, the Mercedes C 350e is evenly matched with the BMW 330e and is expected to perform the same in the quarter mile run. On the other hand, the Infiniti Q50’s V6 cast its magic spell and squeeze the 60 mph test in 4.9 seconds. The Q50 got an edge even in the quarter mile run as well making it the fastest compact luxury in the lot.

Ride and Handling

The 3 series used to be a benchmark for the compact luxury sedan but that’s no longer the case. Currently, its ride quality widely revolvs around a responsive steering, seamless weight distribution, and enough power to satisfy the compact luxury shoppers. It might seem like a normal luxury sedan, but the harder you push the better it gets. The steering might be evenly weighted but misses the necessary road communication. The limber transmission is smooth and shifts graciously.

The ride remains stable even on a jounced road, the cabin remains silent and no bumps penetrate the front or rear seats. However, the engine sound is artificial and peeped through the speakers.

Braking

The brakes are similarly for the entire 3 series branch. The pedal inspires confidence and feels effortless to modulate, other brands should take a inspiration from this one. You don’t need the optional summer tires to improve traction and enhance braking but if you want them, who doesn’t love more grip. Even with the additional battery weight, the 33e manages to slide under 4000-pound weight. Its lighter than the competitors, hence, you can expect an edge while hard braking.

Model

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

13

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

11.8

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3900

3924

3999

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The hybrid variants for the features cars have not undergone the panic brake test. So, a proper deduction of the braking is not possible. However, it’s the lightest car in the segment. The C 350e is the next car followed which is a tad heavier than the beemer. The Q50 is the heaviest car in the segment though.

Fuel Economy

7.8/10

Efficiency comes easy to a car run by electrons, and the 330e is the most fuel-efficient 3 series till now. This hybrid generates an impressive 45 mpg of city and 61 mpg of highway mileage. Combined it’s a crazy 50 mph mileage, something other sedans fail to deliver. So chill out if the next gas station is a couple of miles away, your 3 series will easily make it.

Model

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

MPG (city)

45

N/A

27

MPG (highway)

61

N/A

32

MPG (combined)

50

30

29

Fuel economy is where BMW surpasses its competition. The 45 mpg mileage is why people invest in hybrid vehicles. The 61 mpg of highway mileage takes it a step further. The Infiniti Q50’s 29 mpg and 30mpg combined mileage is nothing compared to the beemer’s 50 mpg bar.

Interior

7.0/10
“The 330e is comfortable in a particular way that will be familiar to those who have owned German cars before. The seats are well-shaped and supportive but not cushy. The suspension is well-damped and can soak up most any bump, but the road never fully disappears. Quiet but not hushed”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The 3 series styling is unique, it sure is magnetic but at the same time have the minimum elements to look at. All features are placed on a specific angle to keep the console driver-centric. The material used is upscale and the seats are comfortable for long routes. You get a roomy cabin, not cramped like other sedans in the compact segment. However, the competitors have far outrun the BMW, the C-Class boats its flashy interior while Audi gets the most technologically updated cabin out of the three. The 3 series looks decent but it’s an antique when it comes to interior design.

Offering a seat for 5, this hybrid is spacious and when it comes to cabin space. The 40. 3 inches of headroom space in the front cabin, this spaces is minimized to 37.7 inches at the back. There is a good amount of legroom space in the front cabin, 42 inches to be precise. The rear seats though are comfortable but may feel confined for tall people.

Model

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.3/55.1/42.0

37.1/55.3/41.7

39.5/56.7/44.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/55.1/35.1

37.1/55.5/35.2

36.8/56.1/35.1

The front cabin space is ideal and better than its adversaries for the 330e, the Q50 might deliver more legroom but overall cabin space is better than the two on the Beemer. The rear seat spacing is similar for the Merc but the Q50 features less space.

Cargo volume

The cabin seems well build and seating position is ideal but what about practicality? Is it a practical car? Yes, it is. The 13 cubic feet of cargo volume is adequate for the compact sedan market, and probably one of the better options on the market. The rear seats can be folded through a trunk-mounted lever to open the full cargo capacity of 53 cubic feet. The lack of utility pockets might hinder your experience on this 3 series.

Model

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13

11.8

9.4

Both cars feature a decent cargo capacity, however, its nothing close to what the 330e offers. The Merc gives 11.8 cubic feet of cargo volume and the Infiniti features 9.4 cubic feet of cargo volume. The 3 series clearly has an edge when it comes to cargo space.

Exterior

7.0/10
“This is simply one of the most attractive cars on the road. With short overhangs and a low, wide stance, the 2017 BMW 3 Series just looks athletic. It looks like it’s fun to drive. It’s a completely modern design, but there are enough links to previous generations, including the signature twin-kidney grille, that even casual observers know they're looking at a BMW”-KBB

Design and Styling

After all these years the 3 series still looks impressive. The bold lines on the hood looks stylish and make a statement wherever it goes. The signature kidney grill, short overhangs, and the athletic body design are always appreciated by the enthusiasts. The design is not completely fresh and has some traits embedded from the previous models. Its wide stance and classic profile are some of those things, otherwise, the car has aged well. But again, the design is still a blast from the past. It’s like a vintage watch you love to keep but isn’t wearable at every occasion.

Your choice will end with a plethora of metallic paint options like Melbourne Red, Mineral Grey, and Glacier Silver.

Dimensions and Weight

It's fair to say the 3 series is a good-sized car for a compact sedan market. Its largely resemble its sibling, one can clearly detect it’s a 3 series and the hybrid is no different. The sedan is 182 inches long, 71.3 inches wide, and 56.3 inches tall. The competitors are inches ahead of the 330e when it comes to dimensions. Despite the hybrid motor and batteries, the car weighs 3900 pounds, which is lighter than its biggest competition.

Model

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

Curb weight (lbs.)

3900

3924

3999

Length(in)

182.8

184.5

188.3

Width(in)

71.3

72.1

71.8

Height(in)

56.3

56.8

56.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

N/A

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

110.6

111.4

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

60.8/62.3

61.6/60.8

59.8/60.2

Being a compact luxury sedan segment all cars in the lot are below 190 inches in length, out of which the Infiniti is the biggest sedan. The BMW is inches smaller than both the Merc and the Infiniti. Other than that there is no significant change in the dimensions.

Safety

7.0/10

The Hybrid variant of the 3 series is yet to undergo any third party crash testing. However, the gas variant was tested and it turned out fine. It boasts a decent IIHS rating, so you can expect the same with the 330e as well. You get a number of active safety features like forward collision warning, emergency braking and more.

  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Front And Rear Head Airbags
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System

Competition

Mercedes Benz C350e-

What used to be the Mercedes entry-level luxury is far more than that, and its hybrid variant is even better. It generates more power and has a beautifully crafted interior. Despite having a similar engine it generates 28 more ponies and lot of torque. Its also priced a little up than the beemer. The BMW markets the 330e just with its drivability and the subcompact legacy they have built so far. 

However, others the Mercs have improved what BMW crafted and made it better with the C350e.

Infinity Q50-

 Though it comes with a mighty V6 engine, its performance is somewhat disappointing. Its engine generates less power as a V6 should and have low fuel economy numbers. Its interior suffers from the same aging factor as the BMW. There are a lot of entertainment and safety features which is a savvy factor to lure customers. The cargo capacity is adequate for the luxury sedan but BMW delivers better.

Both cars suffer from similar problems, but as a buyer, you want to go with the masters of compact luxury so clearly, BMW is the better option.

Final Verdict

The BMW used to be at the pinnacle of the compact luxury segment. With its decent powertrain, suave looks, and gutsy attitude, the 3 series dominated the segment for quite some time. However, that’s no longer the case. Better looking cars like the C Class Mercedes have overthrown the Beemer. Its still a decent car though, the seamless hybrid powertrain and evenly spread weight makes it a superpower in the segment.

The 247 horsepower is enough to power for your daily needs and the luxury elements in the interior makes it a great deal. But again, this car is aging fast. BMW needs to make major changes to compete in the market. As for the 330e, the competitors deliver more, it’s just the reliability which still invites 3 series buyers in the BMW showroom.

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