2018 BMW 3 Series Plug-in Hybrid Sedan

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2018 MODEL

8.3

Overall Rating

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

If you ever wanted to have the fun of driving a 3 Series but in a more environment friendly way, well BMW may have heard your prayers. The latest addition to their stable is the all new 2018 BMW 330-e Hybrid Sedan. This is a dual motor sedan starting at $45,600 giving a total output of 248hp and 310lbs-ft of torque.

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Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu. in.

horsepower

194 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

310 lb.-ft.

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.3/11.8

dimensions

wheelbase

114.4 in.

length

197.5 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

3490 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102 cu ft.

cargo volume

13 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/29/35 mpg

highway range (evs/hybrids)

553 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited


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Styles

 2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan in Alpine White color  2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan in Estoril Blue Metallic color  2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan in Glacier Silver Metallic color  2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan in Jatoba Brown Metallic color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.6

Engine

8.4

Fuel Economy

8.4

Interior

7.4

Exterior

7.9

Safety

8.5

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan 330e iPerformance

330e iPerformance

power
2
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 mpg

$45,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
330e iPerformance 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 8A) Starting at $45,600 MSRP (30 mpg/) 2premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive N/A

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

8.3

Overall Rating


Available as the 330e iPerformance starting at $45,600, the Bimmer is one of the cheapest among its competitors who offer similar performance and features. The 2.0L 4 cylinder engine has won a lot of awards worldwide because of its juicy Performance and drivability. The addition of a Li-ion battery helps the Bimmer generate a combined power output of 248Hp and 310 lb-ft of Torque from the Gasoline Engine and the Electric Motor.


8.6/10
Features

 

8.4/10
Engine

 

8.4/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.4/10
Interior

 

7.9/10
Exterior

 

8.5/10
Safety

 
 
 

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Features

8.6/10

There haven’t been many additions in the 2018 BMW 330e in comparison to the Outgoing 2017 model. However, there are a few welcome additions this year as Standard on the Base variant which includes an all-new 6.5” iDrive6.0 infotainment system, front Powered Seats, Climate Control and Cruise Control.

Trims 330e iPerformance
MSRP $45,600
Key Features Auto Start Stop Function
  3 Spoke Leather wrapped multifunction sports steering wheel with controls for Audio, Cruise Control, and Bluetooth Wireless telephony
  10 Way Powered Front seats with memory for Driver and Mirrors
  8 Speed Steptronic Transmission with adaptive transmission control and paddle shifters
  40/20/40 Split seating
  Pre Wiring for SiriusXM Satellite radio tuner
  HD Radio with Multicast FM station reception
  Rear View Camera and Auto-Dimming Interior and Driver Side Mirror
  Rain Sensing Windshield wipers with adjustable speed and auto headlight control
  Perforation and Tire pressure monitor

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Since the BMW 330e is present in only one variant, we don't have any trims to compare. You dont need choices when you're out to save the planet.

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Engine

8.4/10

When it comes to measuring fuel economy, or citing their monthly expenditures on premium unleaded, many BMW owners would probably get an “F.” That may [not] be an issue for the 330e, the new plug-in hybrid version of the venerable 3 Series sport sedan. If you’re patient enough to do the math, the 330e delivers impressive mileage gains and at-the-pump savings versus a typical gasoline 3er - Thedrive.com

Engine and Transmission

BMW hasn’t made many changes to the Engine and performance of the 2018 version as compared to the outgoing model, which is a good thing. The Engine offers Good Punch across the revs and feel enthusiastic all throughout. The Transmission also feels good and seem less in Upshifts and Downshifts with crisp gear changes

 

Models

BMW 330e iPerformance

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid luxe

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX

MSRP

$45,600

$47,900

$50,600

$35,210

Engine

2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder/AC Synchronous Electric Motor with integrated power electronics

2.0L Turbo I4 + Plug-in Hybrid Motor

3.5L V6 w/INFINITI Direct Response Hybrid

2.0L Dual CVVT DOHC I4 

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

247 hp

275hp

360 hp

202 hp

Torque

310 lb-ft

443 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

276 lb-ft

 

 

Acceleration

Being a BMW means the car should have good acceleration and this is what is reflected in this car as well. The addition of the heft does make this Bimmer slower than its other sibling 3 series sedans but isn’t that slow as the Electric motor does compensate for the added weight

Models

BMW 330e iPerformance

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid luxe

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

5.8 sec

4.6 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter mile

14.1 sec

14.0 sec

13.6 sec

15.9 sec

Engine

2.0L Hybrid

2.0L Hybrid

3.5L Hybrid

2.0L

Emissions

NA

NA

6.1 Ton/yr of CO2 @ 15K Miles/Year

NA

 

Braking

The Braking is Crisp and Precise as expected with good bite, feel and feedback and isn’t anyway lacking to the Competition, bettering some of its arch rivals handsomely. The overall characteristics of the gas powered 3 series sedan are carried forward in the hybrid as well and the braking performance in totality is a driver's delight.

Model

BMW 330e iPerformance

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid luxe

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX

Brake Front (in.)

12.3

13.0

12.6

12.0

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

11.8

12.1

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3900

3924

4015

3788

60-0 MPH (ft.)

113

113

115

N/A

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

8.4/10

Although the individual City and Highway mileage figures are not available to us as of now for the BMW, but the Overall figures for the Bimmer are a Respectable 30MPG for a sedan of this kind. However, you can get even higher Mileage figures if you are gentler on the Throttle or use the car in pure electric mode.

Model

BMW 330e iPerformance

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid luxe

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX

MPG (city)

N/A

45 eMPG

27

N/A

MPG (highway)

N/A

61 eMPG

32

N/A

MPG (combined)

30

N/A

29

40

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Interior

7.4/10

“In the cabin, the 3 Series suffers from its age, when it's compared to high-tech wonders like the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class”

-Autoblog.com

 Interior Seating

The Interiors of the 330e speaks of the Build quality of the Germans. All panels have been solidly put together and have been made from top notch materials-be it Burl Walnut in the dashboard or High Quality Aluminium.

The Features list have been explained previously although some features that are missing can be found here. The standard variant features seats made of Synthetic Leather and good bolstering and support for the passengers. The infotainment system though feels like a learning curve but is easy to use once you get the hang of using the same.

Contrary to the perception, the 3 series has good seating space despite some of the floor board and the cabin space being occupied by the batteries. There is decent legroom for the rear passengers as well as good levels of Headspace as well.

Cargo Space

The Boot isn’t as spacious as the normal 330i or other 3 series variants but is good enough to carry luggage for trips and doesn’t hamper space that much. You also have the option of 20/60/20 split seating that liberates more space when needed.

 

Model

BMW 330e iPerformance

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid luxe

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40.3/55.1/42

40.9/55.3/41.7

39.5/56.7/44.5

39.8/58.1/45.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.7/55.1/35.1

37.1/55/35.2

36.8/56.1/35.1

37.8/56.4/35.6

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.0

11.8

9.4

9.9

 

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Exterior

7.9/10

“The lines are classic and elegant, sharp and expressive, with large headlamps and air intakes and a distinctive rear end”

- Autoblog.com

Dimensions and Weights

The Exteriors of the 330e are pretty much the same as compared to the conventional 3 series. The dimensions remain the same as compared to other 3 series sedans and the comparison with other cars have been listed below in terms of overall dimensions. This also means the Bimmer isn’t as flashy to look at unlike its Rivals like the Merc or the Infiniti but there is no denying the fact that the BMW will appeal to people of all ages.

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Model

BMW 330e iPerformance

Mercedes-Benz C 350e Plug-In Hybrid

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid luxe

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid EX

Kerb weight (lbs.)

3900

3924

4015

3788

Length(in)

182.8

184.5

189.6

191.1

Width(in)

71.3

71.3

71.8

73.2

Height(in)

56.3

56.8

57.2

57.5

Ground clearance (in)

5.5

4.8

5.1

5.1

Wheelbase (in)

110.6

111.4

112.2

110.4

Track width (in) F/R

60.3/61.9

61.5/60.9

60.4/61.4

63.1/63.3

Exterior Features

The BMW is similar to the other siblings of the family. However, few things that are standard include all

  • LED Headlamp lighting setup
  • Power PlugIn spot near the front fender for charging the vehicle when needed
  • Run flat Tires
  • 330e badging on the Rear End of the Car.

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Safety

8.5/10

BMW has not skipped on safety features and has added a lot of safety features as Standard on the 330e. IIHS and NHTSA tests haven’t been conducted for the 330e but it has been conducted for the gasoline powered 3 series variants and the 3 series has outperformed the expectations of all by getting superb scores-details of which can be found on the website of the IIHS and NHTSA. Although most safety features have been previously discussed, some other features include

  • BMW Assist eCall which includes Emergency Request(SOS button) and Enhanced Auto Collision Notification
  • Anti Theft Alarm System
  • Impact Sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnection of Alternator, Fuel Pump, Starter from Battery; Automatically unlocks Doors; Turns on Hazard and Interior Lights automatically
  • LATCH attachments for Child Restraint safety installation
  • Auto Levelling Headlamps

 

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Competition

The BMW competes with the Kia optima Plugin Hybrid, Infinti Q50 Hybrid Luxe and the Mercedes Benz C 350 Plug in Hybrid

BMW vs Kia

In terms of cargo space, the Bimmer has its nose ahead by offering 13cu ft of Cargo Volume as compared to the Kia Optima’s 9.9 cu ft. Also, its way more spacious and roomier in seating than the Kia as well but is heavier than the Kia which will make the Bimmer a great mile muncher on the Highway. The Kia also being the heaviest translates to lower braking performance than the BMW as well.

BMW vs Infiniti Q50

The BMW being the most spacious offers more space than the 9.4cu ft of the Infiniti. Also, the BMW edges ahead in terms of sheer driving pleasure and spaciousness of the cabin. However, the Infiniti does come with a little better equipment list that may be a downer on the BMW but not a deal breaker.

BMW vs Mercedes Benz C 350

The closest rival to the BMW has always been the Mercedes. The BMW cannot match the rear seat comfort of the Merc but is an overall better driver’s car. The Fuel efficiency is the best against the rivals for both the BMW and The Mercedes as well. The Braking is equally good in both cars. However we would recommend the BMW if you want a better driver’s car rather than a chauffeur driven one

2018 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

So to sum up the BMW 330e, at an MSRP of $45,600, the BMW is the cheapest of its 2 major rivals leaving out the Kia as it’s the most underpowered here. But at this price, the BMW has to offer a lot-great levels of cabin and cargo space, good braking performance, decent level of standard features and good efficiency. However, if you keep on adding the options to the car the prices may go up substantially.

But in our View, if you are looking for an all round driver’s car with great driving dynamics and practicality in Real life, the BMW trumps the others here and that is why, a fantastic buy according to us.