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2022 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Base MSRP: From : $42,950 to $44,950
- 530e Sedan – From $42,950
- 530e xDrive Sedan – From $44,950
Battery Size: 12 kWh
EPA Range: 75 mpge
Charging Acceptance Rate: 3.6kW
Performance: electric moto, turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 288 horsepower
Mileage estimate: 23 electric miles, 28 overall
Price estimate: From $42,950 to $44,950
Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Drivetrain Warranty: 4 years / 50,000 miles
Roadside Assistance: 4 years / unlimited
Corrosion Warranty: 12 years / unlimited
2022 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid Review
The BMW 3-series is a prestigious luxury brand that’s been annually attracting car buyers since its highly anticipated debut in 2014.
Changes have naturally taken place since the 3-series recorded sales of 100,790 that first year. One of the biggest changes came two years ago when BMW added a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Electrifying the 3-series didn’t add a major bump in sales, but it did demonstrate the company’s commitment to EVs.
The 2022 BMW 330e is a four-door luxury compact sports sedan that seats up to five passengers. It has a stylish exterior that puts it in an elite class of “sexy” plug-in hybrids. The 330e is a handsome vehicle with an upscale interior that is among the most affordable PHEV sedans (starting at $42,950). It doesn’t cost much more than the base 3-series model.
For a modest increase in price than a gas-powered BMW 330, one receives a car that’s quicker and more fun to drive. The 330e delivers 23 miles of all-electric range and gets 75 MPGe and an average of 28 mpg overall.
Charging the 12.0 kWh battery pack takes roughly 2½ hours with a 240-volt outlet and around 12 hours with a 110-volt wall socket at home.
Performance and Speed
When assessing any BMW, performance is a major topic of interest. The 3-series is known for its good performance and the PHEV version doesn’t disappoint. The 330e has rear-wheel drive and doesn’t feel all that different from a gas-only 330i.
The 330e has one engine, a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder that has an electric motor that gives the total system 288 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. For those comparing, both those figures are higher than what the standard 330e delivers.
The electric sedan goes 0-60 mph in 5.4-seconds and has plenty of power, especially in the sporty XtraBoost mode. The car feels quick and is fun to just take out for pure enjoyment.
BMW has a reputation for good handling and the 330e certainly offers that with its nimbleness. It supplies a smooth ride with precision and provides good feedback for the driver. We love the regenerative braking system that decelerates the vehicle while charging the battery packs.
The 330e cabin received a heavy dose of leather on most of the dashboard and also has multiple aluminum and wooden accent configurations, giving it a premium feel. It is nearly identical to the standard 3-Series vehicle.
The compact sedan comes standard with a BMW iDrive 8.8-inch center-stacked touchscreen infotainment system. The digital gauge cluster is brightly highlighted and offers an array of helpful information. Voice recognition is standard and a great help at times. The infotainment screen can be controlled by either touch or a knob.
Overall, the seating is supportive and comfortable, especially for front-seat occupants. Note that like most compact sedans, the 330e is better suited for two back seat passengers – three can be one too many. The cargo area is impacted by the battery pack located below the car’s trunk floor. There are 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space and the second row when folded down expands that figure.
The 2022 BMW 330e is a smart purchase, providing 23 of electric-only miles of range, while going for only a couple thousand more (not including the federal income tax credit) than the gas-powered 3-series. The 330e has terrific performance, good handling, and a smartly designed interior.
User Video Review: 2022 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Recommended Charging Stations = LCS-20
Recommended Power Level of Charging Station = 16A
Vehicle Acceptance Rate: 3.6kW
Manufacturer Details by BMW USA