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New 2018
BMW i3 2015 4-door hatchback
BMW built the i3 as an electric car from the ground up. It is a rear-wheel-drive, four-seat hatchback with rear-hinged back doors. The electric motor produces the equivalent of 170-hp, which makes the car feel quick. An optional two-cylinder engine acts as a generator to extend the range beyond the 75-miles, to about 130 total. Charge times are about 4-hours on a 240-volt circuit. In our tests we measured the electric equivalent of 139 mpg. Despite its tall stance the i3 is very agile and easy to maneuver, though the ride is firm. It takes time to get used to the pronounced deceleration when lifting off the gas pedal.

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)