BMW I3 Hatchback

135kW S 42kWh 5dr Auto [Lodge Interior World]

BMW I3 Hatchback - 135kW S 42kWh 5dr Auto [Lodge Interior World]

Vehicle Information

List Price
£36,305.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
4.3 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
By Line

BMW's long-awaited electric vehicle, the i3, always promised much. These days, with a gutsier 120Ah battery, it delivers even more. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

BMW i3 has proved to be a successful first stab at the all-electric vehicle market for its Munich maker and since the original 2013 launch, the Munich maker hasn't stopped trying to improve it. In 2016, the original 60Ah version was replaced with a 94Ah variant that boosted this model's all-electric operating range to over 200 miles. A year later, BMW gave the styling a minor refresh and added a slightly pokier i3s derivative into the range. Then in late 2018, the brand introduced a larger 120Ah battery that promised a driving range increase of up to 30%. The result of all these improvements is a car that's now even harder to ignore in this growing segment.

Background

If you're of the old school and BMW means shark nosed, six-cylinder, ultimate driving machines to you, the Munich company's i3 electric vehicle is going to appear a wholly alien concept. It's a squat little citycar riding on 155mm wide tyres. Yet delve a little deeper and it doesn't take long to find a strand of proper BMW DNA. It's revealed in the thinking behind the engineering and the logic that went into making the various development decisions. Wherever BMW's engineers could have developed a more focused, technically correct solution, they appear to have done so, allowing for certain cost controls of course. Of course, you might well be part of the 99% of British car buying customers that chooses an internal combustion engine over an electric motor. Your next car and maybe the next one after that will probably be powered by fossil fuels. Even if that is the case, have a look at what the BMW i3 now offers, especially in this improved 120Ah form with its long 190-mile (WLTP) all-electric operating range. It's building a case for electric vehicles that is becoming ever more convincing.

Driving Experience

As you might expect from a BMW product, the i3 doesn't want for go. The electric motor is mounted low down within the rear axle which helps to keep a low centre of gravity and also to improve crashworthiness. The power unit weighs just 130kg and produces 170bhp in standard form, which means that the i3's power to weight ration of 141bhp per tonne is just 5bhp per tonne shy of a Honda Civic Type R hot hatch. If you're interested in a comparison of that sort, you'll be interested in the slightly pokier i3s variant, where the electric motor's power output is boosted to 184bhp, plus there's sports suspension with specially developed springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Whatever i3 variant you choose, as with all electric vehicles, a decisive advantage comes in its amount of torque. In a typical city scoot such as, say, a 1.2-litre Fiat 500, you can count on 102Nm of torque, but this BMW generates a hefty 250Nm of muscle in its standard frm (or 270Nm in 'i3s' guise), offering instant urge with all that torque available from idle. It's sent to the rear wheels via a single-ratio gearbox that offers the choice of three driving modes: Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro+. The i3s has an extra 'Sport' setting. This translates to a car that's certainly not slow off the mark. The standard model will get from standstill to 37mph in 3.8sec and to 62mph in 7.3sec (or 6.9s for the i3s). Either way, any hot hatch driver would have a very hard time keeping pace with an i3. The top speed is limited to 93mph in the standard model or 99mph in the i3s. Extremely direct steering, a low centre of gravity, a clever DSC stability control system and lightweight body structures add up to very focused driving characteristics. BMW has engineered in a little body roll, largely to clue drivers in to where the limits of those narrow tyres are, but this remains a car you can enjoy hustling along.

Design and Build

Think of the i3 as a car in two halves. The bottom half is almost all aluminium, the upper half almost all carbon fibre. Armed with this information, you can rightly surmise that it doesn't weigh very much. Even with the weight of all those batteries - some 230kg comprised of 96 individual cells kept at an optimum 20deg Centigrade by their own air conditioning unit - the i3 only tips the scales at 1,195kg. Compare that to the 1,395kg of the entry-level petrol-powered Mercedes-Benz B Class and you'll appreciate the lengths BMW have gone to keep weight low and efficiency high. The styling is determinedly modern, with the kidney grille being the key BMW styling signature. The black hood, roof and glazed hatch will be characteristic features for future BMW 'I' cars. Adaptive LEDs headlights and floating LED tail lights are standard. The lowered belt line in the rear and absence of a "B" pillar improves visibility, while the rear "coach" doors make entry easier. As before, the i3 really isn't a very big car, measuring just 3,999mm long, which is only a tad longer than a Ford Fiesta. Despite that, thanks to the flat floor, the thin seats and the low window line, the cabin feels surprisingly roomy. The instrument cluster and Control Display comprise two screens, one behind the steering wheel and the other at the top of the centre console. Interior materials are eco-orientated, with the dashboard and door cards made from dried grass fibres from the kenaf plant and eucalyptus wood being optional. The boot measures 260-litres, but fold the rear seats and you get up to 1,100-litres.

Market and Model

Value. That's a really tough one to assess in the context of the i3. Prices start at just over £33,000 for the standard all-electric model once you've taken into account the generous £3,000 government-funded Plug-in car grant. That's a sum you could easily pay for a pokey diesel version of a similarly-sized premium badged model like an Audi A3 or a Mercedes A-Class. There's a £2,000 premium to pay if you want the sportier 'i3s' variant. Sadly, there's no longer the option of adding in a little 'Range Exender' petrol engine. Full-LED headlights are standard, joining heat protective green tinted glazing, auto headlamps and wipers, Park Distance Control rear parking sensors, LED tail lamps, an alarm, power-folding mirrors and of course a standard charging cable, this one 5m in length. Inside, there's air conditioning that you can, if you wish, set with a timer to pre-condition the cabin prior to your departure. Plus you get cruise control with a speed limiter, heated front seats and a multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel. In addition, there's the 'Drive Performance Control' system that, via 'ECO PRO', 'ECO PRO+' and 'Comfort' modes, allows you to alter throttle response, steering feel and gearchange timings from the standard auto transmission, all of it better suiting the way you want to drive.

Cost of Ownership

Can an i3 really make economic sense? It's tempting to conclude that for a typical buyer covering, say, 7,500 miles a year, simply opting for a cheap citycar with a 1.0-litre engine would be a better bet. However, factor in something like the London congestion charge, which could run you over £8,000 for that period, couple it with the minimal fuel bills and likely strong residual values of the i3 and the BMW comes into its own. Put it up against conventional diesel versions of premium rivals like the Audi A1 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and they don't enjoy a massive price advantage, thus making the i3 look increasingly attractive. This car's certainly widened its market scope since BMW gave it an uprated 120Ah powertrain, which on the full-battery-powered model has facilitated an increase in all-electric WLTP driving range from the 112 mile total on offer when this car was originally launched to as much as 190.8 miles in its current standard form - quite a change. It's up to 175.2 miles in the i3s variant. Either way, think around 160 miles in realistic regular use. Recharging times vary, but are much quicker than you'd expect, despite the significantly larger battery capacity. A DC Rapid-charge system is standard and AC charging is multi-phase, meaning full charging can be completed in under 3 hours with the multi-phase system. As before, the car can also be charged at home using a standard three-pin plug or by specifying a BMW I Wallbox. Use the latter and an 80% charge can be reached in 4.9 hours. An 80% charge from a conventional household socket will take 15 hours.

Summary

We said electric cars were going to get better: here's a great example of just how. BMW's i3 was already a very good product. Now, it makes more sense than ever. As before, this model is unashamedly high-end - you only need to look at the materials it's built from to appreciate that - but as a result, it's leagues more exotic than a conventionally-powered rival with a premium badge. Indeed, its carbon fibre and aluminium construction lends it a technical sheen of cool that's quite different to the usual electric vehicle proposition, which all too often gives off the distinctive whiff of anorak. Costing around £2 to charge, with a real world range of up to around 160 miles on batteries alone, the i3 will work for many suburban commuters looking for something stylish and a bit different to the norm. One day electric vehicles will be cool rather than nerdy and if that happens, we think the i3 will be seen to be the car that started that progression.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Front electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Integrated tailgate rear window with tempered safety glass, heated rear window
  • Rain sensor with automatic windscreen wiper and headlight activation
  • Rear wiper
  • Side windows with tempered safety glass, rear static fixed windows
BRAKES
  • Active Differential Brake (ADB-Sport) in DSC-OFF mode
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking readiness
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC )
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front ventilated disc brakes
  • Hill start assist with traction detection
  • Rear solid disc brakes
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Anthracite Velour floor mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO , ECO PRO and comfort modes
  • Sports suspension
COMMUNICATION
  • Apple car play
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone facility with USB audio interface and audio streaming
  • BMW apps interface
  • BMW ConnectedDrive - Assist
DRIVER AIDS
  • BMW remote services
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Rear park distance control
  • Servotronic variable electric power steering (EPS)
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • AC Fast charge cable
  • Additional SPORT driving mode with sporty throttle response
  • ECO PRO mode to maximise the potential range (top speed 56mph) significant gains in range through a series of onboard electronic measures
  • ECO PRO mode to improve range
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 5.7" colour TFT Instrument cluster display - speedometer and readout, power and range information
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW live tiles with charging, dynamic range map, integrated handbook, iDrive Touch Control with buttons, TMC information used to dynamic route plans
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW Professional Multimedia Navigation system - 10.25" LCD screen with BMW i design, dynamic route planning and 8 buttons
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Connected eDrive Services
  • Electronic display of drivetrain information and battery range and temperature
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • On board computer - average speed fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Personal profile with automatic lock when driving away selectable, preferences and favourites to a personal profile within the vehicle
  • Real time traffic information
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Electrically adjustable high gloss black exterior mirror with aspheric on drivers side, convex on passenger side mirrors
  • Electrically folding, anti dazzle, heated memory, auto parking function, heated washer jets, electrochromatic, aspheric on passenger exterior mirrors
  • Rear view mirror with automatic dipping of passenger mirror when reverse gear is selected to aid parking
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Eucalyptus wood matt interior trim
ENGINE
  • 12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
  • 2.4kW AC charging with 5m cable
  • BMW eDrive motor
  • Li-ion battery with active cooling and 38kWh usable energy with aluminium radiator, 8 modules ,integrated battery storage management electronics (SME)
  • Safety battery cut-off for drive train and 12V
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices
  • BMW professional radio without CD media input/FM, 4 X 25 speakers stereo system, 2x mid range speakers with aluminium doors and 2x bass speakers 150mm
  • DAB Digital radio
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • A pillar and roof moulding in high gloss black with no matt chrome optic highlight
  • Black finished door sills
  • Black window surrounds
  • Black with integrated LED brake light in rear spoiler
  • BMW i3s badge on rear tailgate
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers, doors and door handles
  • Contrast highlights in BMW i Blue - Kidney grille surrounds below doors
  • Flap in rear side panel, right with push function to open with C shaped indication band for battery condition integrated into central locking system
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front bumper with i3s specific black inlay and accent highlights finished in BMW i Blue
  • Front floor mat with i3s model designation in the centre
  • High gloss black bonnet, door mirrors, roof and tailgate with chrome optic trim
  • High gloss black wheel arch extensions
  • i3S rear bumper design with wider body colour inlay
  • Kidney grille high gloss black with contrast chrome edging
  • Lightweight engineering with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body structure
  • Model designation
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Solid paint
  • Visible VIN plate
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Direction indicator side lights in exterior mirrors
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • High level third brake light integrated into rear spoiler with front LED bumper, LED side mirror caps, LED rear integrated cluster behind tailgate
  • LED direction indicator lights on front bumper
  • LED Headlights with headlight beam throw control, LED daytime running lights and sidelights with front BMW i design, LED low and high beam headlights
  • LED rear lights integrated into tailgate
  • Rear fog lights in bumper
  • Reversing lights in bumper
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Cabin pre-conditioning via iDrive or BMW i Remote App
  • Pre-heating for battery with active air flap control
  • Single zone automatic air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Additional 12V power socket in right-hand side of boot
  • Additional detachable cupholder
  • Central cupholder - additional cupholder with clip on function for centre console
  • Conditioned based service
  • DC rapid charge preparation
  • Electronic drive selector on steering column to select drive, reverse, neutral or park
  • Foldable front centre armrest with integrated storage compartment
  • Front and rear grab handles in roof linings
  • Front and rear map pockets
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Gear selector switch on steering column with control lever in chrome pearl grey with leather inserts in black and gear visual indication
  • Glove box with partitioned sections
  • i3s specific steering characteristics
  • Illuminated charging socket in visual display
  • Luggage compartment access via recessed handle below tailgate
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Multi phase AC fast charge preparation
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Rear shelf cover
  • Solaric Woollen cloth/natural leather upholstery
  • Storage compartment in driver and passenger doors
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key
PACKS
  • Extended storage pack - I3
  • Lodge interior world pack - i3
SAFETY
  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Airbags - Front driver/passenger, front and rear curtain head protection, front side, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag
  • Crash Sensor - Activates hazard warning/interior lighting, central locking release 12V and HV battery safety cut-off
  • Electronic tyre pressure monitor
  • Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
SEATS
  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • Front and rear four seats with individual seat designs
  • Front integrated seat backrest and rear height adjustable headrest for all seats
  • Front seat heating
  • Isofix child seat attachment for two rear seats
  • Slide through light weight front seats with easy access to driver or passenger seat
  • Two folding rear seat headrests
SECURITY
  • Central locking switches for front doors, bonnet, footwell charging flap, footwell fuel filler flap and tailgate
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control including integrated two key
  • Stop/start button with comfort go keyless engine start
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
TRANSMISSION
  • BMW integrated differential transmission with electronic parking lock and single forward and reverse gears
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
WHEELS
  • Lightweight alloy wheels with unique streamline design
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 20" Double spoke light alloy wheel with mixed tyres- Style 431
WHEELS - SPARE
  • BMW Mobility kit with tyre sealing system
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO: N
  • CO2: 0
  • HC: 29E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Engine Codes: IB1P23M0
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Fuel Type: N
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Stroke: N
  • Valve gear: N
  • EC: N
  • EC Combined: N
  • EC Extra Urban: N
  • EC Urban: N
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 900
  • Badge Power: 2.3
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: N
  • Ghost model for valuation purposes: N
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 184
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • This vehicle is classed as a car for VED purposes: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • VAT qualifying vehicle - Seek advice from HMRC: 390
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: 0-80
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 4.3
  • BHP: 184
  • Engine Power KW: 135
  • Engine Power RPM: 7000
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque MKG: 27.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 270
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1000
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 99
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 175/55 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 195/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: Double Spoke Style 431
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Height: 1590
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4006
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.3
  • Wheelbase: 2570
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1791
  • Width (including mirrors): 2039
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 260
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1730
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1100
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1290
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Payload: 440
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£360.35
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,243.13 inc VAT
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Ex VAT
£300.29
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,702.61 Ex VAT
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48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
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36,305.00
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£199 +VAT
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Free UK mainland
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TBC
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Vehicle Information
List Price
£36,305.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Electric
Fuel Consumption
N MPG
0-62 mph
4.3 secs
Engine Size
0.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
0 g/km
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Inc VAT
£360.35
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,243.13 inc VAT
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Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
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BMW I3 Hatchback

135kW S 42kWh 5dr Auto [Lodge Interior World]

BMW I3 HATCHBACK S*Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
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£3,243.13 inc VAT
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£2,702.61 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC