2021 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid Sedan In Car Review: Dual Personalities, Both of them Great!

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A number you're going to hear more than once in this video is 288. That's the combined horsepower the 330e powertrain provides. Despite weighing more than two tons, this compact sedan certainly scoots. But even more important, it also feels great to drive.

In this video, I briefly describe the vehicle, then walk you around the outside and sit inside to give you a closer look at some of the car's details. From there, we unplug it from the wall and take the 330e for a nice drive.

Here are detailed specifications of the car:

2021 BMW 330e Base Price: $45,545
As Tested Price: $59,645 (options listed below)

Engine: 2.0-liter I-4
Power: 181 horsepower between 3800 - 6500 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft of torque between 1450 – 3600 rpm
Electric motor Power: 107 horsepower at 3170 rpm
Torque: 77 lb-ft of torque between 0 – 3140 rpm
Battery: 12 Kwh lithium-ion
Combined peak power and torque: 288 hp, 310 lb-ft

Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: rear-wheel drive

Fuel Economy
Combined 75 (mpge)
Combined 28 (mpg)

Dimensions
Length: 185.7 inches
Width: 71.9 inches
Height: 56.9 inches
Wheelbase: 112.2 inches

Weights and Capacities
Curb weight: 4039 lbs
Interior volume: 94 cubic feet (according to fueleconomy.gov)
Cargo volume: 13.2 cubic feet (according to BMW)

Calculated weight to power: 14.0 pounds per horsepower
Mfr’s claimed 0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds
Mfr’s claimed Top Speed: 130 mph

Government classified size: compact car
Seating: 5

Options: M Sport Package, $3800; Executive Package, $2600; Active Driving Assistant Pro, $1700; Driver’s Assistance Pro Package, $1700; Cognac Vernasca leather, $1450; Dynamic Handling Package, $1400; Parking Assistance Package, $700; Wireless charging, $500; Ambient lighting, $250

Recorded 5th of February 2021

Who is Robin Warner?

Robin spent five years of his adult life as an engineer. Four years at a Tier One supplier, TRW Automotive (now ZF TRW Auto), working as a traction and stability control calibration engineer, and little over a year as a vehicle dynamics engineer at Ford Motor Company.

Furthermore, he spent 15 years of his adult life holding different editor positions at various magazines, including Associate Technical Editor at Car and Driver, Road Test Editor at Road & Track, and Managing Editor at Autoweek.

Robin also spent several years racing. He starting in autocross, then bought a go-kart and then another one. Having a lot of success, including a Great Lakes Sprint Series championship in 2002, he moved to single-seaters, racing in the 2003 Skip-Barber Midwest Championship, the 2003-2004 Skip Barber Southern Championship, and the 2004 Formula Dodge National Championship.

In addition to making videos, Robin hosts a podcast about major road racing series across the globe, with a focus on Formula 1. Find the show at funwithcars.com
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