2017 BMW i3 Pricing
- Expanded driving range meet most daily needs
- Strong yet lightweight chassis makes it quick and nimble
- Attractive and well-crafted interior has a unique architectural style
- Commanding driving position is highly adjustable
- Cargo area isn't large, and has a high load floor
- Range extender is not intended for cross-country travel
- Reverse-hinged rear doors not ideal for passengers in parking lots
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Features & Specs
|w/Range Extender 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)||60 Ah 4dr Hatchback (electric DD)||4dr Hatchback (electric DD)|
|Transmission||1-speed direct drive||1-speed direct drive||1-speed direct drive|
Our experts’ favorite i3 safety features:
- Active Driving Assistant
- Reduces the likelihood and severity of a front collision by issuing a warning before intervening with automatic emergency braking.
- Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
- Manages the gap to the car ahead, even down to a standstill in routine stop-and-go traffic; alerts driver in sudden slowdown situations.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Warns driver of insufficient tire pressure well before a slow unnoticed leak can lead to a blowout-caused roadside stranding or accident.
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 2017 BMW i3 is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback. Available styles include w/Range Extender 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), 60 Ah 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), and 4dr Hatchback (electric DD). The 2017 BMW i3 comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 1-speed direct drive.
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2017 BMW i3 Gas Mileage
2017 BMW i3 w/Range Extender 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
111 compined MPG,
2017 BMW i3 60 Ah 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
124 compined MPG,
137 city MPG/111 highway MPG
2017 BMW i3 4dr Hatchback (electric DD), 1-speed direct drive, electric fuel
118 compined MPG,
129 city MPG/106 highway MPG
|EPA Est. MPG||111|
|Transmission||1-speed direct drive|
|Drive Train||rear wheel drive|
|Curb Weight||3234 lbs.|