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Used BMW i3 13-present review

Used BMW i3 13-present
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What used BMW i3 hatchback will I get for my budget?

The starting point for a used i3 is around £16,000, at the time of writing. This will get you a 2013 model with an average mileage and a full service history bought from a specialist dealer. Upping the wedge to between £17,000 and £19,000 will earn you a 2014 or early 2015 model, including the range-extender version, with the same criteria. Once you’re in the realms of £20,000 you’re looking at good 2015 cars, with a low to average mileage, from a franchised dealer, while £22,000 to £25,000 should hook you up with a 2016 car.

Used BMW i3 13-present

How much does it cost to run a BMW i3 hatchback?

Obviously in terms of motive juice, very little – we reckon it should cost around £2 in electricity to charge up the i3 fully. The range extender has a slightly reduced electric range but a higher overall one of 210 miles, which can obviously be extended by filling up the nine-litre tank again.

A full battery charge takes eight hours from a domestic plug socket, but a faster-charging Type 2 wallbox can cut that to less than three hours. BMW offers its own charging unit, but it's bulky and expensive; other 32A solutions offer the same charging speed and a more compact design for less than half the price (there are Government schemes to help you with this, too). The i3 also gets a fast-charging capability and a DC cable as standard; this can give you an 80% charge in just 40 minutes.

BMW offers fixed-price servicing on used i3s, with a variety of different plans available and a number of different ways to pay, including direct debit. The i3’s battery is covered by an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard.

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