BMW i3 135kW S 42kWh 5dr Auto [Loft Interior World] Review

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BMW i3

The appeal of the i3 is obvious: it's a BMW, for starters, and it looks funky and different, has a posh interior and a cracking infotainment system. The absence of similarly priced rivals from other premium brands only strengthen its case. However, there's no escaping the fact that similarly priced mainstream rivals, such as the Kia e-Niro, offer similar performance and much longer ranges between charges. Practicality is another serious weakness of the i3, all of which means that, objectively, there are better electric cars available for the money.

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Trim: S

The i3s benefits from all the standard kit on the i3, plus 20in sports alloys, an additional Sport driving mode, an A-pillar and roof painted in high-gloss black, a more aggressive front bumper, a black kidney grille and sports suspension.

Engine: 135kW

The regular i3 has a healthy 168bhp, which is enough to whisk you up to 62mph in 7.3sec – so it's a doddle to keep up with fast-moving traffic.

Key information

0-62 MPH6.9 seconds
Fuel TypeElectric
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure


Urban: NMotorway: N
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?



EmissionsOfficial emissions rating