Prod the BMW’s starter button and the dash displays spring into life, but there’s no sound from under the bonnet. Squeeze the throttle and the 330e accelerates swiftly and silently. The 87bhp electric motor is mounted on the back of the 2.0-litre engine and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed box. It’s comfortable to travel in, too. The BMW 3 Series has a well judged ride, with a slight firmness around town that gives way to an unruffled motorway cruise. Quietness is impressive, though – the petrol engine fades into the background at speed and rolling in slow urban traffic is almost silent when you’re in electric mode. Of all the 3 Series models, the 330e iPerformance is the most relaxing. The dashboard is well ordered and built with precision from high-quality materials. There’s plenty of equipment: every trim has modern essentials such as climate control, cruise control, sat nav and DAB radio as standard. The iPerformance reminds you of its hi-tech nature with extended interior lighting, including a blue ‘welcome light’ specific to plug-in hybrid models and special plug-in hybrid functionality for the ‘black panel’ electronic instrument cluster.
It can be yours from just per month (based on 20% deposit/trade-in (€5,390), financing over 5 years based on a 7.9% APR). Call our sales team on 0719154442 or email email@example.com to arrange a test drive, you won’t be disappointed.*Lending criteria and conditions apply (Over 18s only). Rate quoted is correct as at 21st August 2019 and is subject to change. This is a Consumer Hire Purchase agreement. Ownership remains with financial institution until the final payment is made.