BMW has ambitious plans to . Some of those will be fully electric vehicles like the new , but the majority will be plug-in hybrids, like the , the or the subject of this review, the X3 xDrive30e.
- Enough electric range for short commutes
- Plenty of room for people and things
- Wireless CarPlay works great
- Not as powerful as its competitors
- All the good driver-assistance features are optional
The X3 30e borrows the powertrain from the 330e: a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 combined with an 80-kilowatt electric motor. This combination is good for 288 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, with electricity stored in a 12-kilowatt-hour battery pack located underneath the rear seat.
Different hybrid drive options are accessed via the eDrive button on the center console. Max eDrive reduces speed and power delivery, for the most efficient use of electricity. You can even configure Max eDrive to be the default setting — assuming there’s sufficient battery power. The eDrive button also allows you to control your battery options, so