BMW 330e iPerformance hybrid (2016-2018) - Practicality & boot space

The 330e should prove barely less practical than any other 3 Series saloon

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Practicality & boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

It’s a shame that the 330e iPerformance isn’t available in BMW 3 Series Touring estate form, but the 3 Series saloon should still prove easy to live with unless you regularly carry large, bulky items.

BMW 330e interior space & storage

If you’re looking for maximum interior space, the Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb both eclipse the 3 Series in terms of rear-seat room. However, the BMW doesn’t disgrace itself. It’s the biggest 3 Series yet and offers far more head and legroom in the back than any of its predecessors.

As this is a rear-wheel-drive car, there’s a pronounced transmission tunnel running under the rear seat, though, and this means a fifth passenger will struggle for somewhere to place their feet. The driver and front-seat passenger are unlikely to have any concerns: both have loads of lateral space and can stretch out in comfort. The driving position is near-perfect, too, and there’s plenty of adjustment available in the seat and steering column.

Boot space

Available in saloon form only, the 330e’s bulky-load practicality is limited by a small boot opening. What’s more, the lithium-ion battery pack under the boot floor reduces total luggage capacity to 370 litres (compared to 480 litres in other 3 Series saloon models). Split-folding rear seats are an optional extra that’s well worth adding to enable longer loads to be carried.

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