Featured 330e first impressions

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    So finally took the plunge and bought the 330e I’d been deciding on this morning.

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    A few pics tomorrow but I’m really happy with it. Although I love my tech and toys when it comes to cars, I think I’ve got my work cutout here... I drive 6 is a joy to use with an improved rotary controller from my last f30, touchscreen as well (though that doesn’t interest me).

    Onto the performance and efficiency. It definitely shifts, quickly when you need it, as I’d experienced in the test drives, but it’s also slightly more efficient than I’d read about when it comes to driving on petrol only. Gear shifts are swift and smooth but the petrol motor can sometimes over-rev on kick down...

    With 10 miles left in the electric motor leaving the dealership, I’d driven at normal speeds from Huddersfield back to York at 58.8 combined mpg, and about 12 miles on electric (having read up on how best to switch modes when on certain roads).

    The most impressive journey today was the obligatory drive out with the family in the new car. From York to Filey and back. I’d managed a quick 1.5 hour charge to put 9 or so miles in the battery after returning from the dealer.

    With a mix of A roads and dual carriageways and a not too light right foot I managed a combined 49mpg and the app tells me a total of 27 electric miles. That’s with the 200kg of battery plus 1 adult and 3 children and a boot full of beach gear! Those that say the ‘SAVE’ mode doesn’t affect economy too much on motorways and duals are indeed correct - a combination of that and learning to recharge from braking and coasting effectively tripled the miles.

    All in all, a fantastic motor, not for everyone if you want to maximise economy - lots of switching modes, A/c on and off etc...

    The only disappointment today wasn’t the economy, more the fact the steering wheel is an annoying 1 degree off clockwise when driving straight!! Will ask whether it’s a quick job they can do for me for free, if not it’s an easy one to get sorted...


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    Great report
    Keep us posted and enjoy....
    To compete with that
    Went to work this morning in my ‘motorway only’ polo diesel... yep dead exciting I know... and no 330e tech ... ( there is a radio though). but very cheap motoring indeed... paid £4700 for a 63 plate back in October last year with 30k and fsh.
    55 miles.. 50 on the motorway...5 not..
    Mpg... was 73mpg... at an indicated 75mph but actual gps 72 mph...
    That’ll do for me sat with every other boring sod pounding the M1...
    ( 73 miles for a small 1 gallon can sized amount. that’s quite something really that at 70-75 mph...)


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    Blimey that’s cheap motoring!


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    I like cars and absolutely love our g05 x5...
    but I refuse to kill both it and it’s value, going to work on 110 mile daily commute... I have wasted so much money over the years... I refuse to do it any more... I’ve never been lucky enough to have a co car... so it’s always been down to my own expense...and that’s why last year I just thought enough of this madness.... and decided cheapest was best...
    The whole 50 mile section has average speed cameras and literally everyone is just sticking to that obligatory 70-75mph.. so what’s the point...?
    I know this sounds a bit rubbish... but the polo, as cr@p as it is.. off the motorway, is a surprisingly comfortable and refined cruiser at 70 with enough go for when you may need it.. rpm sits at at meagre 2200...yep it’s def no 5/6/7 series.. but it was also 46k cheaper..!! I’ll take that for now...


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    That’s gone completely off topic
    Sorry
    Back to the 330e... keep us up to speed with progress
    Thank you..


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    Sounds like a lovely motor, petrol and electric that is.
    Looked at these as a lease car a few years ago, has the finance package etc all organised, didn’t go for the test drive though, knew I would be keen but the wife wasn’t. Tying in for four years given work etc wasn’t the right time.
    Will be interesting to see how you get on with this one. Certainly seems to be the future of cars as we know them.
    Also read that the vast majority of fleet users have never even plugged them in, all about the tax savings.

    How does it handle given the weight of the electrical gubbins?
     
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    There’s no discernible difference handling-wise to my old 320d. I wouldn’t have realised the weight of the batteries through driving alone, I threw it around some a road bends last night and it handled like a RWD 3 should.

    A day into ownership though and I’m already having to vacuum sand out of it


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    Sure that is sand and not Corona Virus! :D

    Good to read you are happy with your purchase. I'm sure we will get more reports. Enjoy!

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    Few snaps after a trip out...

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    Looks a beauty mate. Enjoy!
     
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    I hope that Audi mug is replaced ASAP...
    Letting the interior down there.

    Great looking car. Cracking colour.
     
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    Very nice
    Can you keep us informed of the range and how the batteries perform I’m interested in hybrid for next car change albeit some time off yet

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    I get the Audi flip top ashtray thing, the wife had two though one has disappeared - handy for stuff
     
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    Thought you’d pick up on the Audi bin! Was going to sell it but found it really useful for odds and sods, can’t find anything similar from genuine BMW.

    Yes I love the colour too, and the SE trim was partly because the trim was never a deal breaker and also after 3 years on 19 inch sport suspension my back needed a break!

    Onto the consumption, I did my first proper commute to the office (22 miles), unfortunately forgot to log the trip out, which was nearly half on electric but on the way back, setting off with 8 electric miles left, got this:

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    I’m certainly happy with 67.3mpg, especially on the return commute which is a little more uphill. I’ll log the outward journey tomorrow.

    Really was undecided whether my commute would suit this car and it was my main worry but it’s looking good, as long as I keep it charged each night.

    Had the alignment done today, steering wheel much better, maybe still not spot on but nowhere near as off as it was.


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    Outward journey this morning to the office. As expected slightly better consumption figures as there are more downhill sections - 9 miles out of 21 on electric.

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    Though it’s nice to see what the car can do when it’s driven economically, on the next tank of petrol I’ll be driving as I normally would - every now and then I’d like to enjoy the power at my disposal!


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