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BMW i3

  • tickLow running costs
  • tickSharp handling and strong performance
  • tickPlenty of standard equipment
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BMW i3 Hatchback (2017 - )

An early electric pioneer, the BMW i3 remains a distinctive and stylish offering despite new rivals appearing in the EV market. It’s moved with the times too, with an improved battery pack and increased range meaning the earlier range-extender version is now redundant and the i3 is now a pure electric vehicle.
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Is the BMW i3 a good car?

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BMW i3 running costs

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BMW i3 safety

Driver aids, airbags and alerts.

BMW i3 features

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BMW i3 reliability

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BMW i3 interior

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BMW i3 performance

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Our expert review

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The electric car market has exploded since the i3 first arrived in 2013 and BMW’s innovative hatchback faces increased competition. Against more mainstream EVs like the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf and electrified versions of regular hatchbacks like the e-Golf it looks rather expensive. Then again, many will argue that it’s also more desirable, especially since an update in 2018 introducing a significantly more powerful battery and longer range. Where previously BMW offered a ‘range extender’ version with a small petrol engine to overcome range anxiety the i3 is now all-electric thanks to a theoretical range of over 200 miles and a usable one of more like 160. As such it’s still very cheap to run and the price looks more reasonable if you factor in the £3,500 government grant currently in place for electric and low-emission vehicles. They may be ‘one off’ set-up costs but, against that, you need to factor in installation of a BMW i Wallbox if you want faster home charging and the cables you need for public charging, that lot adding over £1,000 to the initial cost.

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