BMW i3
BMW i3
BMW i3

2018 BMW i3

Pros: Availability of gasoline-engine “range extender” version; peppy acceleration with instantaneous throttle response; tall body build provides good headroom and legroom; relatively smooth ride for a subcompact-sized car

Cons: Limited driving range in pure-electric form; so-so cargo space; rear-hinged back doors aren’t as practical as traditional doors; some drivers may find it hard to adjust to the aggressive regenerative braking

CG Says: The 2018 BMW i3 adds a new i3s sport model with more power (184 horsepower vs. 170 hp for the base i3); lowered, sport suspension with a wider track; and unique styling. The i3 is a subcompact-sized 4-door hatchback that offers the choice of pure electric power, or electric power with a small 2-cylinder gasoline-engine “range extender.” BMW claims a pure-electric range of up 114 miles. The optional gas engine extends the driving range further. The i3 makes extensive use of strong, lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic in its construction—its curb weight is around 3000 pounds. Available features include a navigation system, sunroof, collision warning and mitigation systems, a rearview camera, and leather upholstery. Though it is not without its compromises, the i3’s peppy acceleration, forward-thinking styling, and BMW-bred driving personality should make it a compelling choice among electric- and green-vehicle shoppers.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices i3: $45,445
i3 w/Range Extender: $49,295
i3s: $48,645
i3s w/Range Extender: $52,495

Base Engine
electric motor (i3)
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
129
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
106

Optional Engine
electric motor/0.6-liter 2-cylinder engine (i3 w/Range Extender)
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
35
EPA Electric Motor Combined (MPGe)
109

Optional Engine
electric motor (i3s)
Horsepower
184
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (MPGe)
126
EPA Hwy Range (MPGe)
99

Optional Engine
electric motor/0.6-liter 2-cylinder engine (i3s w/Range Extender)
Horsepower
184
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
35
EPA Electric Motor Combined (MPGe)
109

BMW i3s
2018 BMW i3s
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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