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Driving

Price (on the road)

Β£34,075-Β£42,140

Target Price (cash)

Β£29,575-Β£37,630

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Company car buyer

BMW I3 Hatchback 5dr Auto

If you're going to take the plunge into electric motoring, the full-EV version of the BMW i3 is an appealing premium choice. Just make sure your lifestyle can cope with its limitations before you buy.

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Private car buyer

BMW I3 Hatchback 5dr Auto

If you're going to take the plunge into electric motoring, the full-EV version of the BMW i3 is an appealing premium choice. Just make sure your lifestyle can cope with its limitations before you buy.

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

Β£391.21-Β£468.45/month

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The pure-electric i3s features a fractionally more powerful 180bhp electric motor that also produces more torque, allowing it to reach 62mph in 6.9sec (nearly half a second quicker than the standard car), with a top speed of 99mph. Yet its real-world range remains a so-so 100-125 miles. By having a generator and a nine-litre fuel tank as back-up, the range-extender model is capable of going around 90 miles further than the standard i3s. However, it is quite a bit more expensive and, unsurprisingly, heavier. This means 0-62mph takes a more sedate 7.7sec, with the car topping out at 99mph.
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94Ah Auto
The electric-only i3 is cheaper and lighter than the range-extender version, so it&#39;s a little quicker when accelerating and has a few more miles of electric-only range. However, despite the lack of an engine sitting alongside the electric motor in the back, you don&#39;t get any more boot space. It&#39;s the best-value i3 in the range for private buyers or company car users, so it’s our favourite version.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

403.5-tbc mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

0-14 g/km

VED Tax band

How much will it cost you?

A-B

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1100 litres

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