• (4.7) 19 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $14,119–$23,519
  • Body Style: Hatchback
  • Combined MPG: 125
  • Engine: 170-hp, (electric)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 1-speed automatic
2014 BMW i3

Our Take on the Latest Model 2014 BMW i3

What We Don't Like

  • Ride on rough pavement
  • Compromised rear visibility
  • Appearance of some of the eco-friendly materials

Notable Features

  • New for 2014
  • All-electric four-seat hatchback
  • Range of 80 to 100 miles
  • Carbon fiber reinforced plastic and aluminum construction
  • Available range-extending gas engine
  • Three-hour recharge time on Level 2 service
  • Rear-wheel drive

2014 BMW i3 Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The new BMW i3 is a purpose-built electric car with seating for four. Constructed of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and aluminum to save weight, the i3's electric drivetrain gives it a range of 80 to 100 miles, according to BMW, and it can be recharged in three hours on Level 2 service, which is available at many charging stations.

To alleviate the range-anxiety concerns associated with electric cars, BMW offers an available two-cylinder gas engine for the i3. The engine doesn't drive the wheels but rather maintains the lithium-ion battery when its charge is low. The engine gives the i3 another 80 to 100 miles of range.

The i3 is scheduled to hit dealerships in the second quarter of 2014. Competitors include the Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500e and Chevrolet Volt.

Exterior Highlights

  • Modular architecture consists of carbon fiber reinforced plastic cabin and aluminum drivetrain chassis
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • Traditional front doors and rear-hinged back doors, no B-pillar
  • 19-inch light-alloy wheels; 20-inch wheels available
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers

Interior Highlights

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • iDrive system with 6.5-inch screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB port
  • 50/50-split folding backseat
  • Navigation system

Under the Hood

  • Electric motor makes 170 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque
  • 22-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack located near the rear wheels, which drive the car
  • Electronically limited 93-mph top speed
  • Three-hour charging time on Level 2 service; available DC fast charging for full charge in 30 minutes
  • Available 34-hp two-cylinder gas engine extends driving range

Safety Features

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Emergency communication system with 10-year subscription included


Consumer Reviews


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Forget gas Go Electric!

by Allanchuang824 from Richmond on October 22, 2017

This is an amazing car, especially for commuting around for work, to work, and back. Awesome concept that is already becoming the future. BMW really out did themselves once again with this car, you wi... Read Full Review

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2014 BMW i3 Safety Ratings

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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