of the 2018 BMW i3. Base trim shown.
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Ride comfort
- Overall range with gasoline extender
- Cabin space
- Urban-friendly dimensions, turning circle
- Low-grip tires
- Relatively high price
- Range extender recommends premium gas
- No AM radio
New performance-oriented i3s version
All-electric four-seat hatchback
Gasoline range-extending engine available
What it is: The BMW i3 is a purpose-built electric car with rear-wheel drive and seating for four. Constructed of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic and aluminum to save weight, the i3's electric drivetrain gives it an EPA-estimated range of up to 114 miles. Competitors include the Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500e, Volkswagen e-Golf and Chevrolet Bolt EV.
To address the range anxiety associated with electric cars, BMW offers an available two-cylinder gas engine for the i3. The engine doesn't drive the wheels but rather charges the lithium-ion battery to extend the car's range.
BMW has freshened the distinctive-looking hatchback with updated styling, new technology and a new performance-oriented i3s model with a higher-output electric motor, sport suspension and other changes.
3,500 BMW and Mini Cars and SUVs: Recall Alert
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 3,500 model-year 2018 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid sedans, i3 electric hatchbacks, X5 xDrive40e SUVs; model-year 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman SE All4 ... Read more
2014-2018 BMW i3: Recall Alert
CARS.COM Vehicles Affected: Approximately 32,000 model-year 2014-18 BMW I3 electric and hybrid vehicles The Problem: The driver's seating position could put ... Read more
2019 BMW i3 Gets Bigger Battery, More Driving Range
The 2019 BMW i3, a four-door electric hatchback, is getting a higher-capacity battery that offers up to 153 miles of driving range. Combined with the optional range-extending ... Read more
The best car I?ve ever owned and engineer masterpi
I love every bit of this car. I have the level 2 home charger which makes owning this car much better. No range anxiety at all because the car regenerates about 20-30 miles if driven correctly. Just ... Read full review
Literally the most reliable car I?ve owned.
The i3 is an excellent city car for running errands and commuting. It is very fun to drive being faster and more maneuverable then most every other car on the road. Read full review
48 months / 50,000 miles
48 months / 50,000 miles
48 months / unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic Warranty Terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Dealer Certification Required