Considering the BMW 330e with the hopes of having the best of both worlds in performance and efficiency, including all-electric range? Don’t try to throw too much logic at the 330e. It can feel like a misguided compromise. But it is a step ahead of the previous 330e, thanks to a bigger battery.
The 330e has a 12-kwh battery pack and is rated at 23 all-electric miles. That is a big step forward vs. the previous generation 330e’s 14 electric miles. The 2021 330e is rated at 28 mpg combined (25 mpg city, 33 highway) in hybrid driving without factoring in a charge. BMW has revisited its plug-in hybrid systems across its portfolio, with similar improvements, over the past model year or so.
Under the hood sits an electric-augmented version of the now-typical BMW layout. There is a longitudinal inline engine, mounted as far back as possible, with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
In the 330e, that engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-4, detuned to 181 hp, with a single 111-hp electric motor. Total system output is up to 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, with the top 40 hp available in a 10-second “Xtraboost” kick.