|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 BMW 330
|i Sedan (Sport)||2.0L Turbo I-4||RWD||8A||5.4 sec||14.0 sec @ 100 mph||23/34/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|i Sedan (Sport)||2.0L Turbo I-4||RWD||8A||5.5 sec||14.2 sec @ 98.5 mph||23/34/28.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 BMW 330
|e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid Sedan||2.0L Turbo I-4 + Elec 7.6-kWh||RWD||8A||5.8 sec||14.3 sec @ 98 mph||----/----/29 MPGe||Car and Driver|
|e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid Sedan||2.0L Turbo I-4 + Elec 7.6-kWh||RWD||8A||5.6 sec||14.1 sec @ 98.8 mph||----/----/---- MPGe||Motor Trend|
|e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid Sedan||2.0L Turbo I-4 + Elec 7.6-kWh||RWD||8A||6.0 sec||14.6 sec @ 97 mph||----/----/29 mpg||Motor Week|
2006 BMW 330
|d Sedan (Euro Spec)||3.0L Turbo Diesel I-6||RWD||6M||6.0 sec||14.5 sec @ 97 mph||----/----/38 mpg||Car and Driver|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||6M||5.6 sec||14.4 sec @ 98 mph||18/28/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||6M||5.8 sec||14.5 sec @ 96.7 mph||18/28/19 mpg||Motor Trend|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||6M||6.2 sec||14.7 sec @ 94.5 mph||18/28/20.2 mpg||Motor Trend|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||6M||6.2 sec||14.8 sec @ 95.1 mph||18/28/22.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||6A||6.6 sec||14.7 sec @ 95.1 mph||18/27/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|i Sedan (Euro Spec)||3.0L I-6||RWD||6M||5.6 sec||14.3 sec @ 98 mph||18/28/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
2003 BMW 330
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||6M||5.6 sec||14.3 sec @ 97 mph||18/27/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||6M||6.1 sec||14.42 sec @ 96.88 mph||18/27/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||6M||5.8 sec||14.3 sec @ 96.51 mph||18/27/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2002 BMW 330
|Ci Coupe||3.0L I-6||RWD||5M||5.8 sec||14.4 sec @ 97 mph||18/27/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||5M||6.4 sec||14.9 sec @ 94 mph||18/27/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||5A||7.3 sec||15.6 sec @ 92 mph||17/25/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||5M||6.1 sec||14.7 sec @ 96.3 mph||18/27/25.9 mpg||Road & Track|
|iA Active Autowerke Sedan||3.0L Supercharger I-6||RWD||5A||5.5 sec||13.9 sec @ 102 mph||----/----/14 mpg||Car and Driver|
|xi Sedan||3.0L I-6||AWD||5M||5.7 sec||14.4 sec @ 96 mph||18/25/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
2001 BMW 330
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||5M||6.1 sec||14.8 sec @ 95 mph||18/27/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||5M||6.1 sec||14.6 sec @ 97 mph||18/27/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|i Sedan||3.0L I-6||RWD||5A||6.8 sec||15.1 sec @ 96 mph||17/25/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|xi Sedan||3.0L I-6||AWD||5M||6.2 sec||14.7 sec @ 96 mph||18/25/---- mpg||Motor Week|
About BMW 330i
The BMW, it seems, is now focusing on great comfort and soft rides for their cars. The BMW 330i is a perfect example of that build philosophy. The BMW 3-series remains the top-selling entry-level car in the luxury sports sedan niche, and it’s the yardstick against which every other car in this niche is measured.
With the 330i, you get terrific ergonomics for enhanced comfort and front seats with proper support. The dynamics are competent and you just get the feeling when you drive it that it’s exactly the right size.
It’s not always easy to pick a car you want to buy. You can choose a BMW, but which one? You can pick a 3 series and settle for a BMW 330, and you still have a choice to make as to which variant to get.
- You can go for a 330d and get a 3.0-liter straight-six turbo-diesel motor, with a supposed fuel consumption of just 4.9 liters per 100 km.
- If you want a combustion-free driving experience with a limited range, you can get a 330e. It combines a lithium-ion battery with a turbo 4-cylinder engine.
- Or you can just get a BMW 330i automatic sedan instead. We’re talking about the 2017 version and not the BMW 330i with the 3-liter 6-cylinder engine that came out in 2006.
The BMW 330 is a 4-door sedan with rear-wheel drive, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and a 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine. No one will call it slow, as it goes to 60mph in just 5.4 seconds. That’s the kind of acceleration you get with 248 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque (at 1450 rpm), and virtually no turbo lag with the twin-scroll design.
It also comes with commendable fuel efficiency, with EPA estimates of 34 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city. Over test roads for 2 weeks, it offers a combined fuel consumption of 25 mpg. But when used on 200 miles of highway with a speed of 75 mph, it offers a stunning rate of 41 mpg fuel consumption.
Braking is better than average, as it needs just 168 feet to stop from 70 mph and that’s with summer tires that aren’t really sticky at all.
You can always depend on the BMW 3-series to provide a pleasant ride, and the BMW 330i doesn’t disappoint. The steering is electrically boosted, and it still offers the kind of surgical precision you’d come to expect from the brand. The primary controls offers a smooth and driven feel, and it makes driving easy. It also transitions into corners quite well.
Overall, the ride quality is exceptional, although the finicky may have some flaws to complain about. The steering doesn’t quite offer enough feedback for some, and the stop/start feature may be too abrupt and not smooth enough. The run-flat tires may offer a bit of a choppy ride. When travelling over brushed concrete, the noise from the rear can get a bit intrusive.
For those who prioritize safety, you get a long list of features here that can really provide some measure of protection. There are features like electronic stability control, and ABS and driveline traction control.
You’ve got airbags galore, with dual stage driver and passenger airbags for the front, sides, and for the knees. You also get curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags. You get a warning for low pressure tires. It also comes with the BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S.
You do get a lot of standard features for entertainment, comfort, and convenience. It’s a BMW, so that’s certainly a given. But while the base 330i offers a lot, to get the full enjoyment out of your 330i you need to pay extra for various options. The more popular options that you may want to consider include:
- 18-inch wheels to replace the 17-inch standard wheels
- The Premium package with a sunroof, SiriusXM satellite radio, adjustable lumbar support for the front seats, and keyless entry
- A driver assistance package that includes sonar park-distance control and a backup camera
- Heated front seats
- Leather trim
Still, for some it’s hard to ignore that nagging feeling that something’s amiss. Is BMW resting too much on its laurels? Is that why the steering feedback hasn’t been improved yet? Is that why there are so m any little annoying things? You get that sense that perhaps BMW needs an all-new version for the 3-series because the current generation feels like it’s a tad outdated.
It is losing its luster? That’s hard to tell. With its position at the top, the only other direction to go is down. But it has a lot going for it, so the other brands have some ways to go before they can topple the likes of the BMW 330i from its exalted position at the top.
To learn more about BMW 330i, visit the official BMW website.
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