0-14 miles EV range? 31 mpg in gas mode? Really? https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=38081&id=37309I was up in Monterey this last August for a BMW national car rally (I have a '16 228i ragtop) and test drove a 330e they had for demo rides at Laguna Seca. No, one couldn't drive the 330e on the race track. I took it out of the race track and drove some back country roads around there.
I drove the 330e in electric mode only until I'd drained the battery and the ICE kicked in. I have to say the build quality and handling are first rate and far superior to our '17 Volt. It was also quiet as a tomb in the cabin both in EV and ICE modes. Yes, the range doesn't match the Gen2 Volt by a long shot. I imagine that BMW will be working on that though and as the range increases, the 330e will become a real competitor to the Volt. Not from a price point of course. But then the Gen2 Volt doesn't drive like a BMW either.
It's encouraging to see the competition heating up in this sphere. We all will benefit from it.
Yes. It was something that we Gen1 owners were puzzled by. The engine should not have needed premium based on it's specifications. Some folk run regular or midgrade gas in their G1's, but we don't since we do not know why GM specified 91.I'd be getting the 340i and have some fun with the xDrive model up here in the land of the North... The EV model just isn't there. Careful with those "Regular vs. premium" comments. Older Volts, like the one I had, required premium.