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BMW 330e Touring Shows Electrified Performance On The Autobahn

BMW 330e Touring Shows Electrified Performance On The Autobahn

Hybrids are slow, hybrids are boring, hybrids this, hybrids that… you’ve probably heard many of these complaints, and to a certain extent, some of them make at least a little sense. But it’s probably safe to say that most of these black marks concern older hybrids and, more precisely, the so-called self-charging hybrids. The modern plug-in hybrids can be fun, efficient, and even good-looking.

Take for example the BMW 330e, for which our Managing Editor Brandon Turkus said it’s one of the best 3 Series he’s ever driven. Since February last year, the 330e is also available as a wagon in some regions of the world, and this makes it even more practical. That doesn’t mean it’s less fun to drive, and a new video from the AutoTopNL channel on YouTube shows us what this electrified wagon is capable of.

Under the hood, the 330e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine shared with the 320i with an electric motor sitting ahead of the eight-speed automatic transmission. The combined system output of this system is 288 horsepower (212 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton-meters) for a 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in just 5.9 seconds. The top speed is rated at 143 mph (230 kph).

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The vehicle from the video is a 330e wagon and it hits the Autobahn for a top speed check. There’s measuring equipment that helps us compare the numbers from the instrument cluster with the actual GPS-based numbers. And while the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint is performed in 6.03 seconds basically matching what the automaker says, the top speed falls a little short of the official numbers. Still, 139 mph (224 kph) is definitely not bad for what is considered a practical family hauler.

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