Dipping in the pool that the Toyota Prius establish nearly a decade already in search for fuel efficiency and performance is the 2016 BMW 330e Plug in Hybrid that promises a more fuel efficient drive but without the lack in performance. The technology from the development of the BMW i3 and i8, opened doors for BMW’s iPerformance hybrid premium consumer vehicles; one such example is the 330e.
The 2016 BMW 330e Plug in Hybrid Features Balance, Luxury, and Comfort
Aside from the ”eDrive” badging on the C pillar, there’s not even a trace of green leaves or anything denoting that the 2016 BMW 330e Plug in Hybrid is a, well, a hybrid, thus making it blend seamlessly with the rest of the 3 series fleet. Fortunately most of the components that make the 330e what it is, are safely, cleverly, and comfortably tucked inside the existing body without much compromise to space. The battery pack is stored under the trunk space only sacrificing just a few cubic feet of space and the powertrain consisting of the standard 1.8-liter turbo four and 87hp electric motor fits neatly under the hood.
On the inside, in BMW standards, the 2016 330e Plug in Hybrid is an entry level luxury sedan and that’s what you get, it’s basically a premium vehicle with premium features compared to sub $30,000 vehicles. The interior consists of contrasting leather seats with color-keyed trim. Materials are premium, with an overall feel of class and capability from a performance standpoint. Rear legroom and headroom is excellent and cargo space is average.
The 2016 BMW 330e Plug in Hybrid has three distinct driving modes that dictates how the hybrid powertrain behaves.First is Max eDrive mode where priority is put on the electric motor. Pure electric range is limited to 14 miles on a full charge by battery capacity and the engine comes to life automatically forovertaking. The second mode is is Auto eDrive which is the default setting passing the job to the gasoline engine whenever you reach 50mph. The last mode is the Save Battery Mode which put simply, is pure gasoline mode. Driving performance is excellent but it’s not M car excellent as feedback is dampened by comfort-tuned suspension. Despite the weight of the hybrid components, the combined pull of both motors is 248hp making for 0-60 runs in just 5.8 seconds. For emissions and economy, you’re definitely saving trips to the gas station but it’s not amazing compared to dedicated hybrids.
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