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$44,450 — $51,500 MSRP
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Hatchback
4 Seats
114 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Ride comfort
  • Driving range
  • Cabin space
  • Urban-friendly dimensions, turning circle

The Bad

  • Low-grip tires
  • Relatively high price
  • Braking
  • Range extender recommends premium gas
  • No AM radio
2019 BMW i3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 BMW i3
  • Bigger battery boosts EPA-estimated range to 153 miles
  • All-electric four-seat hatchback
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Performance-oriented i3s version
  • Range-extending gas engine available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 BMW i3?

The 2019 BMW i3 is an electric car that seats up to four. It offers a driving range of up to 153 miles, according to the EPA, and a range-extending gas engine is optional. The i3 has rear-wheel drive, and competitors include the Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf and Chevrolet Bolt EV.

What's New on the 2019 BMW i3?

A higher-capacity battery pack boosts the i3's all-electric driving range to 153 miles, versus last year's 114-mile range. Available features include full-LED headlights with automatic high beams, wireless device charging, and a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to 10 devices (data subscription required after initial trial period).

What Features in the 2019 BMW i3 Are Most Important?

The 2019 i3's longer electric range should make range anxiety less of an issue, but if you're concerned about running down the battery, the version with the gas range-extender engine might be worth a look; the car's all-electric range drops to 126 miles, according to the EPA, but total range increases to 200 miles. Available active safety features include forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability.

Should I Buy the 2019 BMW i3?

Besides longer range, the 2019 i3's highlights include acceleration, ride comfort and cabin space. It is a bit pricey, however, so if you're in the market for an electric car, it'll be worth your while to consider all the available models — including those from non-luxury brands.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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New I3s REX

by I3s newbie from Birmingham, Al on September 14, 2019

Just purchased the BMW I3s a few days ago. I purchased the car from a dealership 115 miles away. I picked up the vehicle which had a full charge and the Range Extender showed 68 miles. I live in the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Newest i3

by i3 fans from Warsaw, IN on August 2, 2019

So far so good. This is our 3rd i3 so we have some previous experience with them. More range, more horsepower & more available options. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 BMW i3 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    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

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The i3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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