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New 2018
BMW i3 2018 4-door hatchback
BMW's electric car is a rear-wheel-drive, four-seat hatchback with rear-hinged back doors. The interior is striking in its simplicity and style, which is reminiscent of Scandinavian furniture. The electric motor produces the equivalent of 170 hp, which makes this tall, narrow car feel quick. An optional two-cylinder engine, which acts as an onboard generator rather than a primary power source, extends the range beyond the typical 75 miles to about 130 miles total. Charge times are about 4 hours with a 240-volt connection. 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 quite firm. It takes time to get used to the pronounced deceleration when lifting off the accelerator pedal.

Road Test

With its space-age body, super-efficient powertrain, and laser focus on its urban mission, the i3 pushes the boundaries in automotive design. This tall, narrow, electric city car not only looks like a futuristic personal transportation pod that just...


  • Tidy dimensions make it easy to maneuver and park in tight urban areas
  • Optional range-extending gasoline engine minimizes electric-car range anxiety


  • Expensive for what you get 
  • Not suited for long drives even with range extender due to small gas tank

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
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • 1-speed Direct
Engines Available
  • 0.7-liter 2 electric (170 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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