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2021 (21) BMW 3 Series 330e SE Pro 5dr Step Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active guard plusAttentiveness assist
Auto start-stopBMW ConnectedDrive oline services with BMW apps
BMW service historyBMW Teleservices
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rearCheck Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Condition based serviceElectric power steering with Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges
Gearshift time display in manual modeiDrive controller on centre console
Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gaugeIntegrated owners handbook
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control systemOn board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
Optimum shift indicatorPersonal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Balanced 50/50 weight distributionBattery cut-out switch
Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modesEU6 emissions management
Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch controlStroke dependent dampers

Entertainment

DAB tunerElectronic service booklet

Exterior Features

Acoustic glazingActive airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
Automatic headlight activation/adjustmentAutomatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
Black roof mouldingsBody colour door handles
Body colour front and rear bumpersBody colour fuel filler flap
Body colour mirror caps with bottom segment in matt blackDynamic brake lights
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closingExhaust tailpipe - split left and right
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzleFading support
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elementsFront black door sill finishers with BMW designation
Green tinted heat protection glazingInterior rear view electrochromatic mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
LED daytime running lightsLED front fog lights
Lightweight engineeringMatt black exterior B pillar
Model designation on right side of tailgateRear wiper
Shark fin antennaTwo part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
Visible VIN plateWelcome lights in interior and door handle area
Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets 

Interior Features

12V power socket in front storage compartment2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
3 zone automatic air conditioning4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
40:20:40 split folding rear seat with loading systemAmbient lighting with welcome carpet light
Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrestCentred top Luggage compartment lights
Four grab handles integrated in roof liningFront and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
Front and rear door pocketsFront and rear reading lights
Front and rear velour floor matsFront head restraints
Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering columnIlluminated armrest storage compartment
Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartmentInterior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
Make-up mirror lightsRear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grilleStandard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocketThree spoke multifunction sport leather steering wheel
Toolkit located in luggage compartment 

Packs

Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/TouringLive cockpit professional pack - 3 series

Passive Safety

2 tone horn3 rear seats with non folding headrests
Airbags activation controlled with intensity and scopeBMW emergency call
Brake energy regenerationBraking pre-tensioning
Child proof locking system in rear doorChild seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
Coasting in idle in ECO PRO modeCrash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crashDriver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsDry braking
Dynamic brake controlDynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCElectromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
Head airbags for all 4 outer seatsHill start assist
Seat belt security check for driver and front passengerSide impact protection
Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limitersTyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
Ventilated front and rear disc brakesWarning triangle and first aid kit

Security

Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliserCentral locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid and panic modeStart/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button

Wheels

17" V spoke light alloy wheels with Style 778 including BMW mobility kitReduced rolling resistance tyres
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh12Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins)360
Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change0-100Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW2.3
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins)258Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change0-80
Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW2.3Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins)216
Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change0-100Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW3.7
Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins)156Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change0-80
Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW3.7Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2WLTP - AER (km) - City66
WLTP - AER (km) - Comb57WLTP - AER (miles) - City41
WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb35.4WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City18.8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb21.4WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High25.9
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High19.4WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low20
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium18.3WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City3.3
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb2.9WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High2.4
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High3.2WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low3.1
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium3.4WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb21.4
WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb2.9WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb16.4
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH16.7WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL16.4
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb3.8WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH3.7
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL3.8WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City66
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb60WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH59
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL60WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High49
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High66WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low63
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium69WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City41
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb37.3WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH36.7
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL37.3WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High30.4
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High41WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low39.1
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium42.9 

Emissions - ICE

Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb160WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - TEH162
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - TEL159WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High161
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - TEH163WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - TEL161
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High139WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - TEH141
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - TEL139WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low220
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - TEH225WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - TEL220
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium148WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - TEH152
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - TEL148WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb7
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb32WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH33
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL32 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1998Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)94.6
Engine CodeB48B20M1Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTH
Fuel DeliveryTURBO INJECTIONGears8 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb0.3WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb941.6
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb7WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - TEH7.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - TEL7WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High7.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH7.2WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL7.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High6.1WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - TEH6.2
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - TEL6.1WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low9.7
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - TEH9.9WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - TEL9.7
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium6.5WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - TEH6.7
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - TEL6.5WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb40.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - TEH39.8WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - TEL40.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High39.8WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - TEH39.2
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - TEL39.8WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High46.3
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - TEH45.6WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - TEL46.3
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low29.1WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - TEH28.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - TEL29.1WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium43.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - TEH42.2WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - TEL43.5
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb1.4WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH1.5
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL1.4WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb201.8
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH188.3WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL201.8

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC2.0
Badge Power292Coin Descriptione
Coin SeriesSE ProGeneration Mark7
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0734EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)5.9Engine Power - BHP292
Engine Power - KW215Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT310
Engine Torque - MKG42.8Engine Torque - NM420
Engine Torque - RPM1350Top Speed143

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/50 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/50 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleV SPOKE STYLE 778Wheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1442Length4709
Wheelbase2851Width1827
Width (including mirrors)2068 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)40Gross Vehicle Weight2355
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1420Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)410
Max. Loading Weight525Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1830No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW 330e [G20]

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

With the 'G20' version of BMW's plug-in hybrid petrol/electric 330e model, the conventional 320i variant's 184hp 2.0-litre petrol engine was matched with an electric motor and a larger battery to create quite a package. You could have it with the estate body style and xDrive AWD too. Let's check the pre-facelift 2018-2022-era version of this car out as a used buy.

History

Not everyone wanting futuristic engine technology wants their car to also look futuristic. To look like BMW's i-series models for instance. If you're buying a model from this Bavarian brand from the 2018-2022 period and want a petrol/electric powerplant, the 330e Plug-in hybrid offers a more subtle way to go. You get 37.3 miles of all-electric driving range when the car's charged up, which enables the creation of some impressive overall stats - up to 217.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and as little as 30g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Those figures fall only fractionally with the Touring estate body style. Take some time to understand BMW's thinking here and it's hard not to be impressed. This 'G20'-series seventh generation 3 Series was subtly updated in mid-2022, but it's the earlier 2018-2022-era versions of it we look at here.

What You Get

This isn't the kind of Plug-in hybrid model you'll buy if you want to make an eco-statement. Unless you really know your BMWs, there's almost nothing to visually differentiate a 330e from any other 3 Series saloon unless you happen to spot the side panel charging flap. The 3 Series styling theme by now should be familiar to almost every business buyer. Classic cues like the kidney grille at the front, the sharp lines of the flanks and the powerful rear end are all present and correct. The cabin looks predictably smart, with chrome finishing and high-gloss surfaces. The 'M Sport'-trimmed models get the full 'Live Cockpit Professional' package which gives you a 12.3-inch virtual instrument binnacle screen and a 10.25-inch centre-dash iDrive monitor. There's some clever stuff incorporated into this pricier set-up, including gesture control and what BMW calls an 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', which works a bit like the 'Siri' or 'Google Assistant' systems you might use on your 'phone and is there to answer questions you can voice to the car as you drive it. There's a respectable amount of rear legroom for what remains a manageably-sized car. There's certainly more room to stretch out than was the case with the previous 'F30'-generation 330e model, the distance between the front and rear seats having been extended by 11mm. There's slightly more headroom than before too and BMW reckoned that this cabin was wide enough to take three child seats side by side, though only the two outside positions come with Isofix attachment points. And out back? Well the 330e saloon's luggage bay measures 375-litres - that's 105-litres down on a conventional four-door 3 Series model. The Touring estate 330e derivative has a 410-litre boot, extendable to 1,420-litres - which is 90-litres down on a conventionally-engined 3 Series Touring model.

What to Look For

Our owner survey revealed many satisfied users of this 'G20'-era 3 Series model, but inevitably, there were a few issues reported. Quite a few owners have complained about an exhaust rattle when the car starts up from cold. Others have mentioned oil leaks from the rear differential - check for any spots of oil beneath the back wheels. Creaking sounds from the interior plastics came up as an issue; as did a rattling from around the sunroof. Others reported connectivity issues with the iDrive infotainment system, so check that out thoroughly. Some owners mentioned that the audio system bass turns off randomly, especially on models equipped with the optional harmon Kardon system upgrade. We've also come across reported problems with the Cross Traffic Alert safety system. Obviously, a fully-stamped service history is vital. This car uses complex engines and only regular and appropriate maintenance will see them go the distance. Otherwise, it's just the usual things. Insist on a fully stamped-up service record and check the alloys for scratches and scuffs. There were product recalls for airbags (May 2019), the rear view camera (September 2019), the seat belts (December 2019) and the steering assembly (June 2020).Make sure that these have all been attended to by a franchised BMW dealership if the car you're looking at is affected.

Replacement Parts

[based on a 2019 model 330e ex-vat] Parts prices for a G20 3 Series model from this period can be reasonable if you shop around. We trawled around the internet and found these: An oil filter is in the £9 bracket. An air filter is around £20. Front brake discs cost in the £200 bracket; rear discs are in the £122 bracket. A set of front brake pads is around £29-£70; rear pads are around £32-£44. A fuel filter is in the £35 bracket; an alternator is around £352; wiper blades are around £11-£25.

On the Road

This 'G20' series 330e Plug-in hybrid took a big step forward over its predecessor, the main difference between the two cars found when it comes to measurement of all-electric driving range, thanks to an increase in battery size from 7.6 to 12.0kWh. That made a big difference. Whereas with the previous generation 330e, the range was rated at only 21 miles, with this 'G20'-series 330e design, BMW clamed up to 37.3 miles of zero emissions motoring from a fully-charged set of batteries. In other words, if you've a pretty typical daily commute, you might never have to fuel up this car to complete it. As you might expect, this kind of cleverness comes courtesy of a very advanced powerplant indeed, in this case a combination of the 184bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit from the 320i mated to an electric motor incorporating an 'XtraBoost' function. This can increase power to as much as 293hp, reducing the 62mph sprint time to six seconds exactly. The hybrid system's extra weight drops maximum speed slightly over that of the ordinary 320i, but it's still rated at 143mph. The brand's xDrive 4WD system was also available on this variant. Let's cover off the things you'll need to get used to in driving this PHEV 3 series derivative. There's automatic transmission of course (BMW's usual ZF 8-speed 'box with paddleshifters). The drive modes are a bit different though - 'Sport' is the only setting carried over from a conventionally-engined model. In normal motoring, the car will default to its preferred 'Hybrid' driving setting, in which the clever software automatically determines for you the optimum combination of combustion and electric drive. Alternatively (if battery charge levels permit), you can select 'Electric' mode, which liberates a bit more punch from the AC motor, though things peter out a little above 50mph. Your other options are either 'Sport' mode or, better still, 'XtraBoost' mode (which is the only one in which all 293 braked horses can be released). The bigger 12.0kWh battery we mentioned earlier increased the all-electric top speed potential to 68mph and charging time is around two and a half hours from a conventional 7kW garage wallbox or plug-in public charge point. Hook up to a domestic 3-pin socket and the charging time will be just under five and a half hours. As usual with Plug-in hybrids, the official WLTP combined cycle fuel figures - up to 217.3mpg for the saloon and up to 201.8g/km for this Touring version - need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but the important thing is that the government believes the quoted CO2 return - which can be as little as 30g/km in the saloon or up to 32g/km in the Touring. Either way, from new this meant a super-low Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating of 10%.

Overall

Here, BMW brought us a hybrid 3 Series model that made real world sense. The previous generation 330e struggled a little in this regard with its relatively restricted all-electric driving range. Fortunately, by 2018 technology had moved on and this 'G20'-series 330e model demonstrated just how far. If you were thinking of a high-spec diesel-engined version of this Bavarian contender in its pre-facelift G20 form, we think you really have to look at a 330e as a realistic alternative.

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Insurance
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This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

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41 monthly payments of£365.30
Deposit£249
Total amount payable£25,419.30
Fixed interest rate5.6%
Representative APR10.9%
Cash price£19,898
Credit amount£19,649
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage28,000
Excess mileage charge15.0p per mile
Completion fee£1
Optional final payment£10,192
Term (months)42

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