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The 330e’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
The 330e has standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 330e offers optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The 330e offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The 330e offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.
Both the 330e and the Optima Plug-In Hybrid have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 330e the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid last would have qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2019.
The 330e’s corrosion warranty is 7 years and unlimited miles longer than the Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s (12/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).
BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 330e for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Optima Plug-In Hybrid.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 10th.
The 330e’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder hybrid produces 86 more horsepower (288 vs. 202) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 276) than the Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the BMW 330e, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Optima Plug-In Hybrid.
The 330e’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer launch control.
For better stopping power the 330e’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Optima Plug-In Hybrid:
For better traction, the 330e has larger standard tires than the Optima Plug-In Hybrid (225/45R18 vs. 215/55R17). The 330e’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Optima Plug-In Hybrid (F:225/40R19 & R:255/35R19 vs. 215/55R17).
The 330e’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s standard 55 series tires. The 330e’s optional 225/40R19 front and 255/35R19 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 330e has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Optima Plug-In Hybrid. The 330e offers optional 19-inch wheels.
Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 330e can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer run-flat tires.
The 330e offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 330e’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Optima Plug-In Hybrid (112.2 inches vs. 110.4 inches).
The 330e’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.3% to 50.7%) than the Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s (55% to 45%). This gives the 330e more stable handling and braking.
The 330e is 5.4 inches shorter than the Optima Plug-In Hybrid, making the 330e easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The 330e has a much larger trunk than the Optima Plug-In Hybrid (13.2 vs. 9.9 cubic feet).
To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the 330e’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s useful trunk space.
The 330e’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the 330e offers cargo security. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the 330e. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the 330e offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.
The engine in the 330e is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Optima Plug-In Hybrid. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.
Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the Optima Plug-In Hybrid, the 330e has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The 330e offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The 330e’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the 330e the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Optima Plug-In Hybrid can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
The 330e’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The 330e’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
Both the 330e and the Optima Plug-In Hybrid offer available heated front seats. The 330e also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Optima Plug-In Hybrid.
The 330e’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Optima Plug-In Hybrid doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
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