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New 2018
BMW i3 2014 4-door hatchback
BMW's i3 is built from the ground up, not a conversion. It is a rear-wheel-drive, four-seat hatchback with a pair of rear-hinged back doors. The electric drive produces the equivalent of 170 hp. An optional two-cylinder engine acts as a generator to extend the range beyond the 72 miles, to about 150 total. Charge times are 4.5 hours on 240-volt circuit, through the 7.4-kW onboard charger. The car uses an aluminum frame and carbon fiber structure to reduce weight. Despite its tall stance the car is very agile. It feels quick and easy to maneuver. The pronounced deceleration when lifting off the gas pedal takes some getting used to.

Safety Equipment

ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.

Road Test

With its space-age body, super-efficient powertrain and laserlike focus on its urban mission, the i3 pushes the boundaries in automotive design. This tall, narrow, electric city car is the first widely available model to use lightweight carbon fiber...


  • Super energy efficient
  • Tidy dimensions make it easy to maneuver and park in tight urban areas


  • Not suited for long drives because it's still range limited
  • Need to open front doors to get in or out of the rear seat

Best Version to Get

We'd get an i3 with the range extender in Giga World trim, then add the Parking Assistant package and heated seats.


2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • 0.7-liter 2 electric (170 hp)