The BMW 3 Series gets a new PHEV: the 330e

The new 330e is available to order now in the UK with first deliveries expected in April next year. Prices for the entry-level model start from £33,935.

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In an industry moving towards greener vehicles, the BMW 330e is the newest addition. The all new plug-in hybrid will join the other available models in the 3 Series: petrol, diesel and hybrid.

The 330e is set to make its North American debut at the L.A Motor Show this week, after being first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It’s the first plug-in hybrid powertrain for the 3 Series and BMW claims the 330e “offers outstanding efficiency, combined with the sporty elegance of the BMW 3 Series Saloon”.

Powered by a BMW 2.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, the 330e keeps up the speed of its siblings. It features rear-wheel drive and a luxury, comfortable interior.

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With an approximate fuel range of 370 miles – 25 miles on pure electric – the 330e achieves 261bhp and 310lb-ft of torque. It makes the sprint from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 140mph. The PHEV creates just 44g/km of CO2 emissions and gets 148mpg.

Drivers can opt between three driving modes whilst on the roads: Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery. Auto eDrive uses both the electric motor and the petrol engine, depending on your speed and the battery level. Max eDrive allows you to drive purely on the electric motor, creating zero emissions. And the Save Battery mode enables the engine to charge the electric battery.

The charging time differs depending on what outlet you use. BMW claim the car can be fully charged in just over two hours with their home wall-mounted BMW i Wallbox, or three and a half hours when using a standard household socket and their charging cable. There are also charging points whilst you’re on-the-go, these can be found using the ChargeNow homepage or via the ConnectedDrive app.

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