Sharp handling, rapid acceleration and unique interior styling have made us fans of the BMW i3 since its debut. For 2017, the i3 gets an optional larger battery that extends its range and makes this eco-commuter an even more compelling purchase.
The i3 was built from the ground up as an electric vehicle, freeing its stylists from the need to make room for a bulky gasoline engine and fuel tank. Instead, the i3 was shaped around its battery and a compact electric motor, giving it a unique profile. BMW wanted to make the car as light as possible and manufactures the body shell entirely of carbon fiber, a material stronger than steel yet lighter than aluminum.
We like the i3's unconventional interior. The controls are laid out in an intuitive fashion, and the driving position is excellent. The backseat is roomier than you might expect, though entry is a two-step process because you must first open the front doors before the rear-hinged back doors. The trunk is rather small at 11.2 cubic feet, and because the drive motor and optional range extender are placed under the trunk floor, the loading height is rather high.
All i3s are powered by a 170-horsepower electric motor that drives the rear wheels. For 2017, the base i3 offers a new battery with a 114-mile range. Last year's battery, a 60-Ah (amp-hour) model offering 81 miles of range, is also still available. It's also slightly cheaper and offers simulated leather upholstery, compared to the cloth seating in the base model with the newer battery.
BMW also offers a Range Extender trim level, which has a tiny 0.6-liter two-cylinder gasoline engine fed by a 2.5-gallon fuel tank. When the battery runs low, the engine generates power to extend the i3's total range to 180 miles. Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, which can run at full speed and to its full range under gasoline power, the i3 has an engine that is really just a get-you-home measure. By design, it's insufficient for interstate travel.
The i3's performance is surprisingly good. We've timed it from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which is very quick for an electric car. The range extender adds 265 pounds of weight, but it has a minimal impact on performance; the i3 with the range extender gets up to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. The super-skinny front tires might cast doubt on the i3's handling prowess, but with a low center of gravity and perfect 50-50 weight balance, the i3 is a very entertaining BMW. The short wheelbase makes for great maneuverability, but the steering feels jumpy and sensitive on the highway.
The i3 is offered in 60-Ah, base and Range Extender models, all distinguished by battery size and range. There are options, but it's a modest list by BMW standards. Use Edmunds' incomparable shopping tools to help you find the perfect BMW i3.
2017 BMW i3 Overview
The all-electric 2017 BMW i3 utilizes an electric motor and is available in the following styles:
The 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD) comes with an electric, rear wheel drive, and with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD) comes with a basic warranty of 4 yr./ 50000 mi., a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
The 60 Ah 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) comes with an electric, rear wheel drive, and with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The 60 Ah 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) comes with a basic warranty of 4 yr./ 50000 mi., a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
The 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) comes with an electric, rear wheel drive, and with a 1-speed direct drive transmission. The 4dr Hatchback (electric DD) comes with a basic warranty of 4 yr./ 50000 mi., a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What should I pay for a new 2017 BMW i3?
2017 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD)
The 2017 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $58745. The average price paid for a new 2017 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD) is trending $3535 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback w/Range Extender (electric DD) is 6% below the MSRP.
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Review It's been a great first month. The car has had no issues. Acceleration is amazing and the quiet is just sublime. Good sound insulation also protects the interior from external noise as well as the lack of engine noise. We've had no problems; range is as advertised. Installed a 220 v 40 amp charger in the garage that is very convenient. Haven't had to use the Range extender yet, though my wife told me she got a notification that the engine was cycling, presumably just to keep the fluids from settling too much. Enormous headroom; I'm 6'4 and have another 2" beyond the top of my head. Visibility is excellent. The rear seats are quite usable but wouldn't buy it if we anticipated using them a lot. Lots of trunk space. Only gripe is that the BMW technology integration is a bit wonky and takes some getting used to. Would have loved to have electric seats, but I suspect that would have added significant weight. Carbon fiber body is really nice as is the interior wood. Seats are very comfortable.
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2017 bmw i3 60 Ah 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel 124 combined MPG 137 city MPG/111 highway MPG
2017 bmw i3 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel 118 combined MPG 129 city MPG/106 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 BMW i3?
Available BMW i3 2017 Submodel Types: Hatchback
Available BMW i3 2017 Trims: w/Range Extender, Base, s, s w/Range Extender
Exterior Colors: Capparis White w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Ionic Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Arravani Grey w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Andesite Silver Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Fluid Black w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Protonic Blue Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Solar Orange Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Imperial Blue Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent, Mineral Grey w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Fluid Black w/Highlight BMW i Frozen Blue, Laurel Grey Metallic w/BMW i Frozen Blue Accent, Melbourne Red Metallic w/Frozen Grey Accent
Interior Colors: Mega Carum Spice Grey and Carum Spice Grey leatherette/cloth, Giga Cassia and Carum Spice Grey leather/cloth, Tera Dalbergia Brown leather, Giga Brown Natural and Carum Spice Grey leather/cloth, Atelier European Dark cloth, Deka Dark cloth, Tera Dalbergia Brown Natural leather