For The i3 has a high-quality cabin, excellent electric motor refinement and innovative connectivity, plus running costs should be low. It’s also genuinely fun to drive.
Against The fully electric version can't go far on a single charge. It's relatively short of rear-seat and boot space, and the ride is on the firm side. Many rivals are cheaper to buy.
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The BMW i3 is the most appealing electric car yet, with a premium cabin and surprisingly fun handling.
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There are 2 BMW i3 versions available
Target Price team says:
Choosing which i3 is relatively simple; you just need to decide if your lifestyle can cope with a purely electric version (which has a claimed range of 80 to 100 miles) or if you need the possibility to travel longer distances that comes with the petrol-electric range-extender (which will do 149 to 186 miles in total). We'd go for the pure EV model, particularly if the i3 is going to be a 'second car around town'.
Once you've made that decision, you can stick with the regular cabin trim or choose one of three optional set-ups – Lodge, Loft and Suite – which bring varying degrees of luxury.
BMW also offers a wallbox that can charge the i3 more quickly at home, and a number of after-sales packages that include access to a national charging point network and the ability to borrow conventionally powered cars if you're going on a longer journey. We'd study the costs carefully first, though; it could be cheaper to hire a non-BMW model on a one-off basis.
Reader test team says:
Owned this car for 1 month now and I absolutely love it. Driving experience is a joy. I've driven plenty of sports cars from Astons to Jags and from…
I think this is an amazing car. It's my second electric car (after a Mitsubishi iMiev), and it's just generations ahead: an iPhone 6 compared to an…