BMW i3 review

Category: Electric car

Section: Introduction

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Introduction

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Ever since it was first unveiled, the BMW i3 has played a major role in bringing electric cars into the mainstream. With its funky looks, impressive performance and clever carbonfibre and aluminium construction, the i3 has shown buyers that electric cars don't have to be white goods – they can be lusted after. 

Of course, keeping the i3 ‘current’ in a fast developing sector hasn’t been easy. Every few years BMW has taken the opportunity to update its sole fully electric offering by fitting larger, more energy efficient batteries. The latest 120Ah model now offers a claimed range of up to 160 miles in real world conditions and there’s even a sporty i3s variant that’s designed to deliver a more entertaining driving experience.

However, despite these constant upgrades, the world into which the i3 was born now looks very different. In the last few years alone, we’ve seen an all-new Nissan Leaf, a heavily revised Renault Zoe and an increasing number of electric cars based on existing piston-powered models, including the Peugeot e-208, Kia e-Niro and the inventively named Mini Electric

In our in-depth review, we’ll let you know how the BMW i3 stacks up against these new electric rivals and also whether it will fit into your lifestyle if you’re thinking of switching from a petrol or diesel car.

So click through to the next page and start reading. And whichever car you end up deciding to buy, head over to our New Car Buying pages for a great deal with absolutely no hassle.

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Number of trims2 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? electric
Avaliable doors options5
Warranty3 years / No mileage cap
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£68 / £74
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£135 / £147

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