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2017 BMW 330e iPerformance Test Drive Review

Derived in part from the BMW i3 and i8, the plug-in BMW 3-Series is every bit of the sports luxury sedan you would expect. In fact, BMW has taken the 330e and put it into its new iPeformance lineup to make sure everyone knows that this is still a performance derived vehicle. So how does it differ from the other slow plug-in hybrids? The 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance combines the efficiency of an electric engine with the power of a traditional engine. That helps the BMW 330e iPerformance strike the perfect balance between sport and fuel-efficiency.

Exterior:

At first glance, the exterior of the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance looks exactly like every other trim-level of the 3-Series. There is definitely not much difference between a standard 3-Series and the 330e. Nonetheless, there are some special ‘e’ touches on the luxury plug-in hybrid sedan including blue trim on the aggressive kidney grille, blue accent on the wheel centers, and an ‘i’ badge on the fenders so you know that this vehicle is related to the BMWi lineup. There is also an ‘eDrive’ badge on the c-pillar along with a plug-in outlet on the left fender.

The exterior measurements of the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance are also the same as other 3-Series trim-levels. The sedan sits on a wheelbase that measures 110.6 inches with an overall length of 182.8 inches. The width comes in at 71.3 inches and the height stands at 56.3 inches.

When compared to other vehicles in its segment, the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance is probably one of the sleekest plug-in hybrid vehicles on the market.

Interior:

The consistencies between the BMW 330e iPerformance and the 3-Series continue on the inside and that’s not entirely a bad thing. It seems BMW doesn’t want you to feel like that you are driving a plug-in hybrid sedan and is doing their best to keep away from the stigma of boring and bland when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles.

The interior of the BMW 3-Series is well known for an ergonomic design that is built with extremely high-quality materials. Every aspect of the interior is built around the driver and that is very much apparent with the beautiful layout of the center console that is tilted towards the operator of the vehicle.

The 2017 BMW 330e comes standard with 10-way power front sport seats, Fineline Anthracite Wood trim, USB audio, handsfree Bluetooth with audio streaming, iDrive system, a 6.5-inch center screen, a 9-speaker system audio system, and much more. All 330e iPerformance models also come with  BMW eDrive Services that include a range and charging status display, charging station search, charging timer, and cabin preconditioning. Moving forward, you can add the various optional packages that you can add on any 3-Series including Premium Package, M Sport Package, Luxury Package, Cold Weather Package, Technology Package, and other various options.

Interior room wise, the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance offers the same legroom as the standard 3-Series with 42 inches of legroom for front-row passengers and 35.1 inches for rear passengers.

Performance:

Here is where things get really interesting for the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance.  To break it down in the easiest terminology – the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance is powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine that pumps out a total of 180 horsepower. The engine is coupled with an eDrive 87-hp electric motor that helps bring total output to 248 horsepower with a maximum torque of 310 lb-ft.

Mated to an eight-speed STEPTRONIC Automatic transmission and an insane amount of torque, the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance runs from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. That’s quicker than any current 3-Series model besides the 330i and the 340i. Fuel-efficiency wise, the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance averages and EPA-rated 71 MPGe and is capable of driving up to 22 miles in all-electric mode.

With that in mind, you can enjoy a perfect balance of ‘green’ and ‘sport’ at the same time. Depending on what you’re in the mood for you can also use the Driving Dynamics Control that allows you to pick between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ settings.

Safety:

Each 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance model comes with a long range of standard safety features but buyers can add on the Driver Assistance and Driver Assistance Plus Package for extra security. The two packages add on features like a rearview camera, blind spot detection, park distance control, adaptive cruise control, speed limit info, and more.

Overall:

With the 2017 BMW 330e iPerformance, the German automaker has found the perfect balance between keeping its luxury sport sedan heritage and the fuel-saving demands of the current car shopper. Prices for the BMW 330e iPerformance start at $44,100**.Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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