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BMW 330e on sale in Australia from $71,900, X5 xDrive40e from $118,900

February 18, 2016

Following an initial announcement last week, BMW Australia has now confirmed prices for the new BMW 330e and X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid models.

2016 BMW 330e

Surprisingly, the 330e is quite affordable for a mid-size premium car. The local arm has indicated a retail price of $71,900, making it significantly cheaper than the old ActiveHybrid 3 (from around $100k). This places it in the range at about the same price as the 330i sedan.

The 330e comes with a ‘320i’ 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine producing 135kW and 290Nm, paired with an electric motor that adds 65kW and 250Nm. Combined output is rated at 185kW and 420Nm, with 0-100km/h coming up in a swift 6.1 seconds.

Best of all, the 330e offers a combined cycle fuel consumption of just 2.1L/100km. It can also drive on electric power alone for about 37km. When it comes time to recharge, both models can simply use a regular powerpoint.

“Our eDrive models will introduce BMW EfficientDynamics and hybrid technology to a whole new audience, continuing our ongoing commitment to sustainable mobility. Many drivers will be able to complete their daily commute exclusively on electric power, recharging their car by plugging into a normal power point at home or work.”

For the X5 xDrive40e there’s a 2.0-litre turbo in ‘28i’ tune (now ‘30i’) which generates 180kW and 350Nm. It’s paired to an electric motor that adds 83kW and 250Nm for a combined output of 230kW and 450Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is done in 6.8 seconds.

Like the 330e, the X5 xDrive40e offers an exceptional fuel consumption average, rated at just 3.3L/100km. This is excellent for a large SUV that uses a constant four-wheel drive drivetrain. It can drive on electric power alone for a range of about 31km. Prices for the xDrive40e start at $118,900, or around the same as the X5 xDrive40d.

Both models will arrive in Australia in May. Prices mentioned exclude on-road costs.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.