FIRST COMPARISON. BMW 330e vs Mercedes C 350 e plug-in hybrid
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FIRST COMPARISON. BMW 330e vs Mercedes C 350 e plug-in hybrid

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BMW tries to mimic the efficiency brilliance of the C 350 e plug-in hybrid with its own take, the new BMW 330e.

The Bavarians are unveiling their first plug-in hybrid based on the current 3 Series generation at this year’s IAA Frankfurt motor show, next month. Time for the first static comparison between the BMW flavored eco mid-size sedan and its Mercedes nemesis. In both cases, much of the powertrain feels eerily familiar.

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Let’s start with the newest model to grace the segment. The BMW 330e features the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine as used by the 320i. Good for 184 HP, the conventional unit is augmented by an 88 HP electric motor, for a total system power rated at 252bhp and a mighty 420Nm of torque. The electric motor sits between the main unit and the eight-speed automatic transmission. Performance is brisk given the 225 km/h top speed and a 0-62mph sprint in 6.1 seconds.

The C 350 e follows the same recipe, but ups the power stakes with a hefty overall output of 279 HP and 600 Nm. The 2.0-liter turbo internal combustion engine is lifted straight from the C 250 and delivers 211 HP at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. The complementary electric engine contributes with an extra 82 hp and 340 Nm, all resources being sent to the rear-axle via a revised 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission. Under this setup, the green C-Class sedan can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 250 km/h, trumping the 330e in the process.

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The water-cooled 6.2 kWh Li-Ion battery sits under the trunk of the C 350 e for better weight distribution. The downside is the C 350 e offers 335 liters of cargo space as opposed to 480 liters in standard guise. The BMW 330e also features a 110 liters smaller trunk compared to other conventional versions down the range, at 370 liters versus 480 liters. This is still more than the Mercedes, though. The Li-Ion battery also sports a larger capacity, 7,6 kWh. Charging time take 3 hours and 15 minutes. The Mercedes is faster, the battery reaching its full capacity in 3 hours sharp when plugged to a 230V conventional wall plug.

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The fiercest fight concerns the CO2 emissions and consumption figure. In BMW’s case, these amount to 44-49 g/km and 1.9-2.1 l /100 km, depending on the tires used. Total range is 600 km while in Max eDrive full electric mode this reduces to 40 km. The Mercedes-Benz C 350 e on the other hand can run exclusively on electric power for about 31 km and returns an impressive fuel consumption, rated at 2.1 l/100 km. Emission figures also compare favorably to the BMW, at 48 grams per km.

While the new BMW 330e is currently only available in 4-door sedan guise, its Mercedes counterpart also addresses the big families with a T-Modell variant. Deliveries will start in 2016 for the Bavarian with the green C-Class already available on the market.

5 Comments

  • Marco says:

    Do you know when c class will be available in Italy?

    Bmw 330 E is available from December 2015 but we have no clue about mercedes

    Many thanks

    Marco

  • Anand says:

    I’m really having diffuclty choosing between the BMW 330e M Sport and the Mercedes C Class 350e Sport. Could someone give me a list of positives and negatives for both the cars? or any suggestions would be nice.

  • Messerschmitt says:

    Mercedes-Benz Sweden don’t have the navigation as standard equipment for the MY2017 C350e Sedan and estate versions. That’s odd, isn’t the navigator calculating the best way for hybrid driving?

    • Razvan Magureanu says:

      The logic answer is yes. But premium cars always like to ask aditional money for extras and the Comand Online is pretty expensive.

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