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2020 BMW 330e First Drive: The Electric Fairy

Munich, Germany - There are two schools of thought when it comes to plug-in hybrid vehicles. There are those who focus on fuel economy level at all costs, without worrying too much about the driving experience. And then there are those who seek to use electric power to deliver increased pleasure behind the wheel, all while saving on expenses at the pump of course.

BMW is part of this second school and decided to take the hybrid adventure seriously this time. The first Se3 Series Plug-in in 2016 was a bit of a wet firecracker. We did not feel the seriousness of the company behind this model. BMW look like they were compelled to respect California environment rules with minimal range required.

This second kick at the can is much more convincing.

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The 2020 edition of the 330e comes standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine producing 184 hp – the same as found in the base-model 3 Series. Then the engineers housed a 68-hp electric motor in the 8-speed ZF transmission. For short bursts, it can peak at 113 hp, and you can summon that through a button on the dashboard. So while ou start with a combined output of 252 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque, with the "Xtraboost" you push the horses to 293.

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