2019 BMW i3
Ratings & Reliability
BMW's electric four-seat hatchback has rear-hinged back doors. The interior is striking in its simplicity and style. The electric motor produces the equivalent of 170 hp, which makes this tall, narrow car feel quick. We tested it with the optional two-cylinder engine, which acts as an onboard generator to extend the range beyond the typical 75 miles to about 130 miles total. Charge times were about 4 hours with a 240-volt connection. The i3 is very energy-efficient when running on electric power but not so fuel-efficient when using the gas engine. Despite its tall stance, the i3 is very agile and easy to maneuver, but the ride is quite firm. The sudden deceleration when lifting off the accelerator pedal takes some getting used to. New for 2019 is a 120Ah, 42.2-kWh battery with a claimed 153-mile electric range, and a 181-hp i3s version.