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BMW i3 review, price and specs

first pure electric car is clever and impressively rapid but it looks expensive compared to rivals

What is it?

The start of electric future or so the company The i3 combines state-of-the art carbon with an electric powertrain, and the of a ‘range extender’ petrol that can recharge the battery on the move. There’s no doubting it’s a truly remarkable of engineering, but the bigger question is it can justify its hefty pricetag of for the entry-level electric only and that’s after the UK government’s electric car grant has been

Technical highlights?

We’ve not got time to cover everything The i3 is seen by BMW as a technology leader, the programme debuting numerous new that we can safely anticipate be seeing elsewhere in the range. being the first car from the ‘i’ sub-brand for electric of course.

The car’s bodyshell is made carbonfibre reinforced plastic and panels are polymer. Other saving features include suspension, with the rear mounted directly to the power and hollow driveshafts. So even the hefty weight of the battery the pure electric version has a of just 1270kg, and the range is still just 1390kg.

The electric motor produces (167bhp) and drives the rear via single-speed reduction gearing and as the Vauxhall Ampera there’s no connection between the range engine and the wheels; all power is electrically. The optional 647cc petrol engine produces 37bhp and its sole purpose is to the 18.8Kw/h Li-ion battery

The batteries take around 10 to recharge from a domestic supply, or three hours a fast charging system BMW will be selling alongside the

How does it drive?

Very from any other BMW. a decent car, but not one that’s to feel familiar to anyone out of anything else in the range.

You sit in the finely trimmed cabin, thin seats that decent support and give the of eyeline you’d normally in an SUV or people-carrier. Where you’d to find instrument dials just a small display ahead of the narrow-rimmed steering And the gear selector is a feeble affair on the side of the instrument

The motor itself is almost Unlike the vocal Nissan which whine like a train under acceleration, the i3 whispers, even under acceleration. At urban speeds it quick flooring the throttle produces some proper with the motor’s seamless intensifying the sense of gathering

Officially the electric-only version the 0-62mph sprint in just

The ride is firm. Not uncomfortably so, at not on the super-smooth Dutch roads we the car on; but hard enough to make us how the i3 will cope when to deal with the UK’s tarmac. The tyres produce a amount of noise, despite diminutive 155-section, although might well be because of the of other sound.

Wisely, BMW has not to give the i3 any kind of electronically virtual soundtrack.

The power is the strangest part of the experience, what BMW calls ‘one operation. When you lift off the the electric motor switches to braking, slowing the i3 down at the of a moderate brake application, and it actually stop the car dead if you let it. The way to keep rolling is to then the throttle even if you just to slow down at a slightly rate. This also that the i3 won’t move rest until you press the although without the ‘idle of a true automatic it will backwards if you’re not pressing the

Overall it makes it surprisingly to make smooth progress in the of heavy traffic you’d the i3 to excel at.

And travelling faster? its clear the i3 is in no way intended for making progress, the chassis does a job when you up the pace. Despite the of the rear-drive chassis there’s but understeer when the tyres their modest limits, but the steering combines keen with a modest amount of

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And the i3’s narrow track and turning circle make it good at finding gaps in traffic.

Top speed is limited to to preserve battery life, but really tails off after 60mph. And at higher speeds the numbers on the ‘range’ display as a reminder of just how unsuited cars are to high-speed cruising try to up with UK motorway traffic and pretty much half the 82 ‘real world’ range.

We only drove the pure version, but as the range extender serves to top up the batteries it won’t be better suited to longer

How does it compare?

BMW hopes it doesn’t sales of other electric cars (and extended’ models) have dismal in the UK. Even after its gets applied the i3 still itself priced against proper talent the 60mpg GTD is just £1000 more.

The says it has already taken 150 in the UK. The big question is whether the level of stays high once the adopters have got their

Anything else I should

BMW is offering various bolt-on with the car including maintenance and the option of being able to for a conventional car for a certain number of a year.

Around 80 percent of UK buyers are for the range extender version, but BMW that proportion will as people grow to trust the version.

As tends to be the way with cars, you get out of the i3 wanting to know how it drive with a modern engine in place of its hefty and battery pack. Somewhat we suspect.

BMW i3 Electric Cars
BMW i3 Electric Cars
BMW i3 Electric Cars

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