2022 BMW 330e xDrive Long-term update: Plug in… vague
After our long-term testing BMW 330e 2022 xDrive for several weeks, I had a lot of thoughts — some conflicting thoughts. I find that how much I love my car depends on how I see its mission.
As a sports sedan… it’s so good. At 4,138 pounds, it’s a bit heavy for a traditional 3-series concept. However, considering the amenities, options and of course the modern creature, mixture device, it makes perfect sense. The 330e xDrive and its fellow Series 3 variants stack up well against others sport car. It’s more comfortable than a cadillac CT4 or Alfa Romeo Giuliais equal to the balance of Mercedes C-Class and more interesting than Genesis G70. The traditional phone cards of the 3 Series: drive, brake and transfer suspension are both offered here.
As a plug-in hybrid… it’s confused. I’m full a week after Road Test Editor Zac Palmer threw me the key to the tune for almost $40. I will make another trip to the gas station briefly, and that’s frustrating. I charge it quite often with Level 1 charger comes with a car, and I took advantage of the public infrastructure that is relatively common in my area. I like to charge the car, but with a temperature of 30 degrees or less, 20 mile electric range dissipates quickly.
You could argue that my experience would have been more efficient with a Level 2 home charger. To be fair. I agreed and at some point envisioned getting one for my home. On the other hand, would you spend all that money on an L2 charger for a Dip into the mixture with only 20 miles of range? Not unless you have another EV with more expandability. It’s also a simple math. The total range of the 330e XDrive is 290 miles thanks to a fuel tank that holds only 10.6 gallons. While that number may sound respectable, in real-life driving conditions it happens very quickly.
This is not just a commentary on the 330e. Instead, it is a prism for looking at the contradictory and ambiguous nature of plug-in hybrids in general. Maybe it’s because my expectations are high — I’m really excited about the concept of a 3 Series with plug — that its challenges resonated with me more deeply.
As a practical proposition… it is definitely. Our tester starts at $45,945 and with options costs $51,840. That’s a good deal. You get a sport BMW car — no more no less 3 Series — has room for a car seat, groceries and a large breed dog such as a golden retriever. The only dent on the prop value is still the fuel range.
As a luxury car and a BMW… It is awesome. BMW has wisely retained the traditional grille on the 3 Series, and its slightly creased styling matches the more aggressive designs its competitors have switched to: some of them are redesigned done as well G70some are pretty overwrought, like Audi A4. With a black and brown interior with orange ambient lighting and an M steering wheel, it looks like part of a Bimmer, evoking the same demeanor I’ve come to expect from any 3 Series.
As we head into the heart of Midwest winter, I hope to learn more about the power of this four-wheel drive sled in the snow. It’s also covered in winter rubber, so I look forward to making the most of it when the weather is inclement.
I also hope that I will find a better charging/refueling routine, which will codify my feelings towards this sedan. The Series 3 is still the geek’s muse, but the 330e xDrive is an exercise in math.