Used BMW i3 2013-present review

Category: Electric car

Section: Ownership cost

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Ownership cost

What used BMW i3 hatchback will I get for my budget?

The starting point for a used i3 is around £12,000, 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 £13,500 and £15,000 will earn you a 2015 or early 2016 model, including the range-extender version, with the same criteria. Once you’re in the realms of £18,500 to £20,000 you’re looking at good 2017 cars, with a low to average mileage, from a franchised dealer, while £25,000 to £27,000 or more should hook you up with a 2019 car with the larger battery pack.

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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, 50kWh capability and a DC cable as standard; this can give you an 80% charge in just 42 minutes.

Road tax should be free for most i3s registered before 1 April 2017, but you'll need to pay the reduced flat-rate fee for anything registered after this point. Find out more about the current road tax costs here.

BMW offers fixed-price servicing on used i3s, with a variety of 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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