Used BMW i3 2013-present review

Category: Electric car

Section: Alternatives

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Used BMW i3 13-present
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  • Used test: BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf
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Alternatives

What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW i3 hatchback?

The Nissan Leaf comes without the premium badge, but is not without its charms. It’s easy to drive, cheap to run and comfortable to travel in. There’s plenty of room for the family, too. Against that are the usual problems associated with some EVs – its range isn’t great, it takes a long time to charge and its range drops considerably in colder weather.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is much more conventional in design than the i3, but it is one of the best electric cars on sale, thanks to its competitive range, decent equipment and excellent interior space and driving dynamics. Although some rivals are cheaper, and some offer a longer range, the Golf’s superior driving abilities and neat interior make it a winner.

The Kia e-Niro is a former overall What Car? Car of the Year winner, thanks to its 250-mile-plus real-world range. It's also good to drive, quick, practical and roomy. Used examples are still rather tricky to find, though. 

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Used BMW i3 13-present

Overview

It's now one of the older electric cars, but the BMW i3 still looks futuristic and has a stunning interior.

  • Agile handling
  • Low running costs
  • Smart and futuristic interior
  • High used prices
  • Lumpy ride
  • Not very practical