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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 for its basic body structure. That single mission focus contributes to making the i3 the most energy-efficient car we'd ever tested up to that point.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“My favorite part of this car is the one pedal driving experience. The smooth quiet of electric driving is the best! Love the crazy imeadiate tourque with no shifting.”

Anonymous, WI (2014 BMW i3)

“Wow! I believe EVs will quickly become popular because of the powerful acceleration and secure handling - not for environmental reasons. The instantaneous and responsive acceleration is far superior to ICEs. The low centre of gravity (due to the battery pack location) helps improve the car's handling. Overall, EVs provide a much better driving experience. Once other drivers experience this for themselves, EVs will become the next minivan or SUV in terms of popularity, a lot faster t”

Anonymous, BC (2014 BMW i3)

“Insanely fast 0-30 accelleration..I drive mostly in suburban areas and i feel like everyone is driving in reverse when i take off from a stop light. Power is addicting! Will always own an electric from now on out!”

TOM S., IL (2014 BMW i3)

“Great torque, but short wheelbase makes for a choppy ride.”

ALBERT F., CA (2014 BMW i3)

“Great acceleration and braking.”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW i3)

“Great acceleration”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW i3)

“I have never enjoyed a car as much as I do the i3. I will order another one as soon as the warranty is out on my 2014. It's wickedly fast, nearly silent, agile and very easy to maneuver and park here at the beach.”

RON A., CA (2014 BMW i3)

“I have owned a lightweight sports car in the past, but even it did not accelerate as quickly as this car off the line, Really small turning circle and good handling. Also easy to park”

STEVEN M., NJ (2014 BMW i3)

“the thin tires cause the car to wander And not drive straight.”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW i3)

“The I3 is a rocket. I have to drive in a the power saving mode to prevent extremely fast pick up. The vehicle can turn in a wide driveway.”

JOSEPH P., FL (2014 BMW i3)

“A fast start out of the gate. It can keep up with most cars”

MICHAEL W., MD (2014 BMW i3)

“After more than two year the car accelerates, handles, and rides exactly like new. I believe that the nature of electric vehicles leads to much better aging of the critical components of the car.”

W C., IL (2014 BMW i3)

“Acceleration is outstanding, handling is confident and cost to operate is extremely low. 700 miles of use costs about $8.00 using off peak rate of $0.055 per kwh. Have had no repairs or any out of pockets costs except for one tire replacement due to a road hazard.”

TIMOTHY T., WI (2014 BMW i3)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“We use this vehicle much more than planned because it is great fun in the city. Because we are a family of 4, the rear doors are a hassle with every day use. That's the only issue. But never planned to be our 'go to' car.”

JOHN G., GA (2014 BMW i3)

“I like the upright seating position and the seats are supportive. Though the seats are not supremely comfortable or adjustable, given the car's limited range this is of lesser concern, I never drive it for more than an hour. Climate control is very good. Ride is a firm and well controlled. I love the very strong low speed acceleration and quiet of the vehicle.”

HOWARD B., WA (2014 BMW i3)

“The back seats don't get a lot of ventilation from the air conditioner. There should be vents in the back to help cool the rear occupants.”

TORY J., TX (2014 BMW i3)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

NA

What Owners Say

“I bought 1-year-old BMW i3 at a very good price (approximately half of list price). Have averaged 4.7 miles per KWH of energy, meaning that I can run the car for about 30% what I pay for my gasoline-powered car, while also polluting less.Add to this the benefit of virtually no maintenance and you can undestand my pleasure.”

STEVEN M., NJ (2014 BMW i3)

“We got especially good value due to the $5,000 GA and $7,500 Federal Tax Credits.”

LEE J., GA (2014 BMW i3)

“Leased a leftover 2014 model in 2015 for a very attractive rate which factored in government incentive.”

SCOTT F., NC (2014 BMW i3)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“It's refreshingly different. So many of the cars today regardless of manufacturer look very similar inside and out.”

Anonymous, BC (2014 BMW i3)

“The exterior is "weird" looking; most certainly doesn't look like other BMWs - but it has grown on me. After two years of owning the car I like how the exterior looks. The interior, on the other hand, took no time to appreciate. I fell in love with it the first time I sat in the driver's seat. Very modern, love the real wood dash, and the creature comforts are amazing.”

QUINT K., CA (2014 BMW i3)

“People love the loft style. And height of seats. Roomy for small appearing car.”

PATRICK D., CA (2014 BMW i3)

“I like the inside styling of the car, but the outside is something I had to get use to.”

ALBERT F., CA (2014 BMW i3)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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