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.

BMW i3 Hatchback
44 5stars

The BMW i3 is the most appealing electric car yet, with a premium cabin and surprisingly fun handling.

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The full BMW i3 review

There are 2 BMW i3 versions available

Hatchback i3 EV 5dr £30,980
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback i3 EV Range Extender 5dr £34,130
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

BMW i3 Hatchback i3 EV Range Extender 5dr

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…

Thomas Kyriakoudis

5 out of 5 stars

BMW i3 Hatchback i3 EV 5dr

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…

Toby Aldrich

5 out of 5 stars
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