2014 BMW i3 Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 BMW i3 - Road Test Specs

2014 BMW i3 Hatchback

(0-cyl. Electric 1-speed Direct Drive)


Year Make Model2014 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)
Vehicle TypeRWD 4dr 4-passenger hatchback
Base MSRP$42,275
Options on test vehicleGiga World ($1,700 -- includes universal garage opener, keyless ignition and entry, satellite radio, special cloth/leather upholstery, leather and wood trim dash); Sport 20-Inch Wheels ($1,300); Parking Assistant Package ($1,000 -- includes rearview camera, parking sensors, automated parking system); Harman Kardon Sound System ($800); DC Fast Charging ($700); Solar Orange/Frozen Grey Paint ($550); Heated Front Seats ($350)
As-tested MSRP$48,675
Assembly locationLeipzig, Germany
North American parts content (%)5


ConfigurationTransverse, rear-engine electric motor, rear-wheel drive
Engine typePermanent magnet synchronous electric motor
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)170 @ 4,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)184 @ 0-4,800
Fuel typeElectric
Battery typeLithium-ion
Battery voltage360
Battery capacity, rated (kW-hr)22.0
Battery capacity, usable (kW-hr)18.8
Plug-in type (110v/220v)Level 1, Level 2 (SAE J-1772), Level 3 (SAE combo interface)
Charge time (hours @ 110v/220v)4 hours @ 240 volts (EPA); 4.5 hours @ 208 volts (Edmunds testing)
Transmission typeSingle-speed direct drive


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, variable-ratio rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.2
Tire make and modelBridgestone Ecopia EP500
Tire typeAll-season, low-rolling resistance front and rear
Tire size, front155/60R20 80Q
Tire size, rear175/55R20 85Q
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, frontVentilated cast-iron rotors with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rearSolid cast-iron rotors with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.9
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.4
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.6
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)10.0
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.2 @ 87.5
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)26
60-0 mph (ft.)109
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON63.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.78
Sound level @ idle (dB)34.8
@ Full throttle (dB)65.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)62.9

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWithout any ability to affect change (like a Sport mode or traction control button), the i3 is as consistent as a metronome -- and pretty quick, too. Run after run, it just goes and goes and goes without shifting gears, or much sound at all (a slight whirring) aside from tire and wind noise. Like the Mini E that feels very much like this, releasing the throttle elicits readily recognizable regenerative braking.
Braking commentsVery well-mannered under braking with modest nosedive, straight and stable without a need to correct with steering, and consistent stopping distances. The brakes feel as normal as any other car's in this simulated panic stop test.
Handling commentsThe most noticeable trait of the steering is how quickly it reacts once it's turned even a little off the center position. While this is a nice thing for a test-driver performing a slalom test, I'm not sure it would be so valuable or welcome in everyday driving -- especially on the highway. That said, steering is light and precise, and despite looking rather tall and tippy, the i3's body roll is less than other compacts and it changes direction readily and confidently. Electronic stability control (ESC) begins to intervene just as the tires begin to howl, but the corrections to the course are very subtle and short-lived and most people might never know the system was active. Sportier than it looks, but then again, it wears a BMW badge so I would hope so.

Testing Conditions

Test date7/29/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)86.62
Relative humidity (%)19.94
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.79
Wind (mph, direction)3.8, head and cross
Odometer (mi.)336
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/41

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 kWh/100 miles
Driving range (mi.)81 (EPA); 95.8 (Edmunds test route)

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description12-speaker Harman Kardon
iPod/digital media compatibilityAuxiliary audio jack, USB jack, Bluetooth audio
Satellite radioOptional
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard
Smart entry/StartOptional
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar, front and rear back-up camera, automated self-parking system
Adaptive cruise controlOptional

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,635
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,859
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)48.8/51.2
Length (in.)157.4
Width (in.)69.9
Height (in.)62.1
Wheelbase (in.)101.2
Track, front (in.)61.9
Track, rear (in.)62.0
Turning circle (ft.)32.3
Legroom, front (in.)40.5
Legroom, rear (in.)31.9
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)37.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)53.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)49.2
Seating capacity4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)11.8
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)36.9
GVWR (lbs.)3,571
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)937
Ground clearance (in.)5.5


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles
Hybrid/battery8 years/100,000 miles

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