2021 BMW 330e Review

While hybrid technology has been applied to a wide variety of automobiles, people still tend to think of it in terms of economy over performance. However, this is a BMW hybrid and the Bavarians don’t play that. Everything we’ve come to know and love about the BMW 3 Series sedan is present and accounted for in the 2021 330e. This includes handsome styling, sumptuous interior accommodations, advanced tech and admirable performance.

However, this also includes the overly complicated nature of BMWs to which we’ve become accustomed. On the other hand though, steering, suspension and throttle response are all independently adjustable, so you CAN set the car up to your specific tastes.

The primary power source is a 181-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four, which is supplemented by a 111-horsepower electric motor mounted in line with the eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined output is 288 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. I averaged 29 mpg overall.

Because the 330e is a plug-in hybrid, you can run it on electricity alone for up to 20 miles at moderate speeds. It will also do 87 miles per hour on electricity — sacrificing range for velocity. What’s more, the navigation system communicates with the motor to employ electricity based upon the nature of the surroundings in order to conserve gasoline where desired.

Again though, this is a BMW 3-Series, so it’s quick off the line, smooth, reassuringly stable at speed and agile in the twisties — while providing good feel from the steering and the brakes. In other words, the 330e goes like a proper BMW. Yes, some might find the ride quality a bit on the firm side, but the 330e also delivers that sense of solidity one finds only in premium German cars.

All in all, the 2021 BMW 330e is as smart as it is good looking and enjoyable to drive.

I like it.

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