BMW has always been known for making some of the most premium and sport-savvy luxury sedans and SUVs on the market. However, the German automaker has had a heavy hand in hybrid powertrains over the past few years.

Don’t get it twisted; BMW hasn’t been churning out Prius lookalikes. Instead, it has been hybridizing the popular 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and X5 platforms to provide buyers with fuel-efficient alternatives. But which BMW hybrid is the cheapest?

The cheapest BMW hybrid car is one of its most popular platforms

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2023 BMW 330e | BMW

The cheapest BMW hybrid car that you’ll find in the lineup for 2023 is the 330e sedan. This compact luxury car carries a starting MSRP of $44,295, which is only $1,000 more than the entry-level gas-powered 330i.

For the price of entry, the 2023 BMW 330e comes standard with a new curved display and 5G technology. According to Kelley Blue Book, some of the other notable standard features include a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, simulated leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a tri-zone climate control, and power-adjustable front seats.

Yes, that’s a lot of stuff for the money. It doesn’t even include the multi-colored ambient LED lightning and panoramic moonroof, both of which are standard as well. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are also included, as is a 10-speaker audio system.

But the real story here is what lies under the hood.

What is the 2023 BMW 330e powered by?

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2023 BMW 330e | BMW

The 2023 BMW 330e is a plug-in hybrid that’s powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, just like its 330i stablemate. However, the plug-in part of the equation comes via an electric motor that’s powered by a lithium-ion battery pack.

Altogether, this fuel-efficient and potent powerplant puts out 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot of power for a small car, but what’s more impressive is the 23 miles of all-electric range that the 330e is capable of achieving. Sure, that may not sound like much, but if you live close to work or only need to run a few errands, you can possibly make the commute without using a drop of gas.

Additionally, the 2023 BMW 330e comes in either a rear-drive or all-wheel drive configuration, which is designated the BMW 330e xDrive.

What kind of fuel efficiency does the 2023 330e get?

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2023 BMW 330e | BMW

According to the EPA, the 2023 BMW 330e can achieve up to 28 mpg/75 MPGe in combined driving in its rear-wheel-drive form after the 23 miles of electric range is used up. The AWD configuration will see a 3 mpg deficit, or 25 mpg combined/67MPGe, when the 20 miles of all-electric range is used up.

We know that you might think that it’s not a lot of range – especially since the fuel efficiency figures on the gas-only 330i are similar. However, keep in mind that the plug-in BMW 330 model is only $1,000 more, and it could qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $5,836.

All things considered, that makes it more affordable and more powerful than its gas-only counterpart. And for all of the panache and luxurious amenities you get with BMW’s most affordable hybrid sedan, that price is tough to beat.

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