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2017 iPerformance 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Officially known as the 330e iPerformance, this variant of BMW’s 3 Series sedan is a plug-in hybrid model. Introduced for 2016, it’s a successor to the ActiveHybrid3, which had emerged three years earlier.

Along with models like the full-size 740e, the 330e amounts to a significant step toward offering a plug-in hybrid version of almost every BMW model. Anyone seeking a hybrid or plug-in model has plenty to choose from nowadays, but few deliver anything like the BMW 3 Series brand of handling excellence, along with appealing fuel-efficiency figures.

The rear-wheel drive 330e can be driven like a conventional hybrid automobile, or plugged into an electric outlet periodically to bring the battery up to full charge.

What's New for 2017

A brand-new model for 2016, the 330e iPerformance changes little for 2017. Standard equipment now includes blue “kidney” grilles, with white, black, gray or silver body colors. Matte chrome exterior trim is now standard. New “i” and “eDrive” badging has been added. Optional navigation has been updated to BMW’s iDrive 5.0 system. A new wheel option is exclusive to the 330e.

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Under the hood, a 2-liter, direct-injected TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine makes 180 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. The gas engine works in tandem with an 87-horsepower electric motor and a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Combined system output totals 248 horsepower, along with 310 pound-feet of torque. The lithium-ion battery pack produces 293 volts and is mounted flat, in an especially crash-safe position under the load floor.

Electronic elements stem from BMW eDrive technology, as used in the i3 and i8 models. An electronic boost function is permanently enabled. The electric motor supplements the gas engine with 74 pound-feet of torque; but it can deliver a brief additional boost of up to 184 pound-feet, depending on the position of the accelerator pedal.

BMW claims the 330e iPerformance sedan can accelerate from a standstill to 60 mph in as little as 5.9 seconds. The 330e can operate for about 14 miles in all-electric mode, at speeds up to 75 mph.

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BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission offers sport and manual gear selection. Driving Dynamics Control uses a console switch to select Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, or Sport+ mode. Drivers may choose from three eDrive-specific programs: Auto eDrive (the default), Max eDrive (electric-only), and Save Battery.

Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 31 mpg overall (city/highway) when using the gas engine alone, and 72 MPGe (equivalent) when both elements of the plug-in hybrid system are operating. When plugged into a Level II 240-volt charger, full recharging of a depleted battery takes as little as 2.2 hours. At 120 volts, charging requires 6 to 7 hours.

A Proactive Driving Assistant uses the navigation system to access real-time data, so the system can identify specific segments of the intended route where electric drive would be preferable to use of the gasoline engine. When an uphill stretch lies ahead, the Assistant may prepare to use electric energy, so recuperative braking can be employed on the subsequent downhill section.

Standard equipment is similar to other 3 Series models, including automatic climate control, start/stop function, paddle shifters, auto-dimming interior and driver’s exterior mirrors, power front seats, wood interior trim, nine-speaker audio, LED foglamps, and run-flat tires on 17-inch alloy wheels. Luxury, Premium, and Technology packages are optional.

A rearview camera and front/rear parking sensors make up the optional Driver Assistance package. Active-safety features come in a Driver Assistance Plus package. They include lane-departure and forward collision warnings, city collision mitigation, pedestrian protection, blind-spot detection, side- and top-view cameras, and speed limit information. Options even include an adaptive M suspension and aero body kit, in an M Sport package.

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Priced at $44,795 (including destination charge), the 330e falls into a position just above the full-electric BMW i3. Like other plug-in hybrid models, the 330e iPerformance qualifies for incentives from the federal government, as well as from certain state or local agencies. We strongly recommend the active-safety features in the Driver Assistance Plus package.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 184 HP / 215 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
Not Available
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 184 HP / 215 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
Not Available
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
10.8 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
182.4 "
Exterior Width
71.3 "
Exterior Height
56.3 "
Front Headroom
40.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.7 "
Front Legroom
42.0 "
Rear Legroom
35.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,915 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
18.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket / Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power) / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power) / (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
12-way (10-way Power) / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
9 / 16 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Warning / Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Automated / Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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