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BMW i3

BMW i3

About BMW i3

Offered as a sportier, more upscale alternative to electrics like the Fiat 500e, VW eGolf and Nissan Leaf, BMW’s 2017 i3 EV leads the electric-car revolution with advanced technology, unconventional styling and a new, longer-range model. The i3’s open-space interior concept also separates it from the pack, as does its nearly $43,500 entry-level price tag. When equipped with its gasoline-powered motor/generator, the 2017 BMW i3 becomes a plug-in hybrid, placing it in line with the Chevy Volt and Audi A3 Sportback e-tron. The range-extender model allows the i3 to travel beyond is roughly 114-mile range while still emitting very little emissions. Although newer EVs will continue to come from GM, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla, BMW’s i3 should hold up well.

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2017 BMW i3
What's new for 2017?
2017 BMW i3

For 2017, the BMW i3 (94 Ah) receives a new, more efficient lithium-ion battery that extends its range to 114 miles, more than 50 percent over the base i3 (60 Ah). New standard features include no-cost DC Fast Charge for two years (where available), 19-inch wheels and Comfort Access.

  • Expert Rating: 9.1
  • Consumers Rating: 7.3
  • MPGe N/A
2016 BMW i3
What's new for 2016?
2016 BMW i3

The 2016 BMW i3 EV sees no major changes this year.

2015 BMW i3
What's new for 2015?
2015 BMW i3

The 2015 BMW i3 electric vehicle gains a few new standard features, including the DC fast-charging port (optional last year), heated front seats and satellite radio.

2014 BMW i3
What's new for 2014?
2014 BMW i3

The 2014 BMW i3 is an all- new car. As the first of BMW's i sub-brand, it also paves the way for other vehicles from the luxury German automaker that emphasize efficiency.

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Consumer Reviews

BMWs i3 Sets The Standard for Electric Vehicles.

By on Thursday, February 23, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "It is a joy to drive and a head turner."

Cons: "None."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"We have owned this car for almost 6 weeks and prior to owning it, we drove an identical i3. This car sets the standards for the future electric vehicle. The battery is a Fast Charge that charges fully within 2-3 hours. It is made out of excellent light microfiber carbon that basically a form of plastic but better than cheap metal sheets. It is comfortable, fast, very quiet and has been reliable."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

would not recommend

By on Saturday, January 28, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "good acceleration"

Cons: "ugly look, buggy and costly car insurance"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"-bouncy ride, golf cart feel -skinny tires, tires are thin prone to flats, many reported-not for US roads -Tires do not last long, hev thin tread, costly replacement -no spare tire, you are flat, you wait for tow -software is buggy, numerous times to dealer for engine light warning -heater once broke -headlight once went out -not worth the price -over $2000 to insure/year -you will not find body shop that will fix carbon fiber damage in case of accident -ugly body shape, strange back-not like BMW"

19 people out of 22 found this review helpful

I currently own 2 BMW i3 vehicles

By on Friday, October 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "No gasoline consumption, Climate Control thru App"

Cons: "People stare too much at car tint your windows."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I used to own a Toyota Prius so the clean energy thing as always been my thing. I swore that if one day I was able of not consuming gasoline anymore I'd jump on that vehicle. I really had considered the Nissan Leaf but I hated its interior cabin. I was happy to see the BMW i3 at an automobile show before they were on sale. I now own 2 BMW i3 without the range extender. I drive around 65 miles on a daily basis. My wife and I are expecting our first born and nevertheless we got her an i3. The child seat fits perfectly and there's enough space in the trunk and hood for storage. I never bought the level 2 (220v) charger, I've been using the Level 1 (110v) charger that goes on any wall outlet. Since the vehicle regenerates by braking itself there is probably never going to be a need for brake pads or discs while I own the car. My tires are about almost ready to be replaced. There is no oil changes obviously and my service reminder says that on my second year I'll need to bring the car in for a Vehicle check (Basically it's a multipoint inspection). There is no money to be spent on maintenance if you skip on the range extender. Also, that small gasoline engine being offered can only go so fast, it adds weight and therefore takes away electrical range because of its existence. Don't get that option is my advice. Have I had my range anxiety scares? Sure I have. But it doesn't phase me into wanting to spend money on gasoline. Climate control offers a future in which if you leave to lunch everyday at 1:00pm then you can set it up to be nice and cold/warm inside your cabin. This is specially helpful here in South Florida where temperatures are hot all year long. My wife specially loves that feature. BMW will offer its customers BMW loaners when going on long trips, in case they don't offer that where you live then make up an excuse like your A/C smells and leave it in for service while you go on a road trip on BMW's loaners. By the way, public charging stations for the most part have built in wifi. I think a lot EV people don't realize this. If you don't have your chargepoint card on you then you can still activate a charging station with your Chargepoint app on Android or iOS. Hope this helps sorry for writing more of a blog then a review. I never do these. Electric Vehicles are the future!"

51 people out of 60 found this review helpful

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