BMW i3

Key facts

Battery size: 42.2kWh
Electric driving range (WLTP): 177 / 193 miles
Real-world electric driving range*: 140 / 160 miles
Maximum rapid charging rate: 50 kW

Available to buy second hand but no longer in production

BMW i3

 

Summary


The BMW i3 was extremely innovative when it was launched back in 2013, before going on sale in the UK in 2014. It was designed from the ground up as an EV, with a body structure largely comprised of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).

Since its launch it has undergone improvements in battery performance. The i3 was also available as a pure EV or with the option of a range-extender (REX), which was a small BMW motorbike engine that could power the battery if its charge dropped too low. A full tank of petrol gave an official range of 93 miles before needing to charge or fill up with fuel again. Production of the REX model stopped in 2018.

One big benefit of the i3’s construction is its weight – just 1270 kg, which is lighter than most other EVs. The design also meant that the i3 had a small footprint on the road, yet the stylish interior offered similar space to a car in at least the class above. But the i3 is only a four-seater, and entry to the rear seats is via small ‘suicide’ doors.

The i3 is also rear-wheel drive, and it has large diameter wheels in the interests of appearance, but narrow tyres in the interests of aerodynamics and efficiency.

The i3S model offers a small amount of extra performance.

 

Trim levels


BMW i3
BMW i3s

 

Other facts & figures (BMW i3 120Ah)


Doors: 5
Seats: 4
Boot size: 260 litres
Kerb weight: 1,270 kg
Towing weight: 0 kg
Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax (2022/23): 2%
Insurance group: 28-29
Power: 170 bhp
Torque: 250 Nm
Max speed: 93 mph
0-62 mph: 7.3 seconds

* = Depends on driving style, weather etc
 
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