BMW 330e - best tax-free cars

The plug-in hybrid BMW 330e is a remarkably efficient way to cover your business miles.

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Our pick: 330e M Sport

Price: £34,235 (inc £2,500 govt grant)

The plug-in hybrid BMW 330e is a remarkably efficient way to cover your business miles, as it offers claimed economy of up to 148mpg with tax-free emissions of just 49g/km. When you consider the car offers almost identical performance to the 330i petrol model, that’s some feat.

It manages the trick thanks to a hybrid powertrain that combines a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s good for 154bhp with an 87bhp electric motor. The resulting 241bhp is good for 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 140mph, although using all that performance will guarantee the economy plummets.

It’s a great car to drive though, with a smooth shifting eight-speed auto gearbox and an electric–only mode with a range of 25 miles if you’ve plugged in and charged up the batteries. It costs about the same as the 330i too, once the government grant is deducted, and you’ll save a packet on fuel and the Congestion Charge if you drive in London.

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