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BMW I3 Hatchback
135kW S 33kWh 5dr Auto [2018.75]

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  • Initial Payment: 9 months
  • Contract Length: 24 months
  • Annual Mileage: 5,000 miles
  • Maintenance: No thanks
  • Admin Fee: i £195.00 plus VAT
  • Road Tax: Included
  • Breakdown Cover: Included
  • Delivery: Free UK Mainland
  • Colour/Trim: Undecided
  • Options: Undecided

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  • Sat NavSat Nav
  • Cruise ControlCruise Control
  • Air conAir con
  • Heated SeatsHeated Seats
  • Speed Limit AssistSpeed Limit Assist

Vehicle info

  • Manufacturer OTROTR: £36,980.00
  • Fuel typeFuel: Electric
  • No. of SeatsSeats: 4
  • Fuel ConsumptionMPG: Not Available MPG
  • Engine SizeEngine: 1 CC
  • CO2 EmissionsCO2: 0 G/KM
  • Gearbox: Automatic
  • 0-62mph: 6.9 SECS
  • Engine PowerPower: 183 BHP
  • Engine powerPower: 183 BHP
  • 0-620-62: 6.9 SECS
  • Top SpeedTop Speed: 99 MPH
  • Engine SizeSize: 1 CC
  • GearboxGearbox: AUTOMATIC
  • Combined MPGComb. MPG: Not Available MPG
  • Urban MPGUrban MPG: Not Available MPG
  • Service Interval MilesService Miles: 18000
  • Service Interval MonthsService Mths: 24
  • Extra Urban MPGExt. Urban MPG: Not Available MPG
  • CO2CO2: 0 G/KM
  • Number of seatsNo. of seats: 4
  • NCAP ratingNCAP: Not Available
  • LengthLength: 4006mm
  • WidthWidth: 1791mm
  • Boot SpaceBoot Space: 260cm3
  • HeightHeight: 1590mm

Std Equipment

i Vehicle data is provided by a 3rd party, therefore we encourage you to check all equipment on configurator of manufacturer's website prior to order.

    Driver Convenience

  • 5.7" colour TFT Instrument cluster
  • Additional SPORT driving mode with sporty throttle response
  • BMW apps interface
  • BMW ConnectedDrive - Assist
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW live
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW remote services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • ECO PRO mode to improve range
  • ECO PRO+ mode to improve range (top speed 56mph)
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • Lights on warning
  • Luggage compartment with electric unlocking via key remote control
  • Navigation System Professional Multimedia
  • On board computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Personal Profile
  • Real time traffic information
  • Service interval indicator
  • Servotronic PAS
  • Speed limit display
  • Speed limiter
  • Stop/start button
  • Tyre puncture warning system
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface (Available as no-cost option)
  • Cruise control with brake function (Available as no-cost option)
  • Entertainment

  • Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • BMW professional radio
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 4 speakers (Available as no-cost option)
  • Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Black door sills
  • Black roof mouldings
  • Black wheel arch extensions
  • Black window surrounds
  • Black with integrated LED brake light in rear spoiler
  • BMW i3s badge on rear tailgate
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • eDrive rear designation
  • Electric adjustable, heated, folding, anti-dazzle interior & exterior drivers, and aspheric on passenger side
  • Electric front windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front bumper with i3s specific black inlay and accent highlights
  • Front floor mat with i3s model designation in the centre
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated rear window
  • High gloss black A pillars
  • High gloss black bonnet
  • High gloss black door mirror housing
  • High gloss black grille with chrome inserts
  • High gloss black roof
  • High gloss black tailgate
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Headlights
  • LED indicator lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Rain sensor with auto light activation system
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • Tempered safety glass
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Interior Features

  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • AC fast charge preparation
  • Additional 12V power socket in right-hand side of boot
  • Additional detachable cupholder
  • Adjustable steering column
  • Anthracite Velour floor mats
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Automatic interior light system
  • Cabin pre-conditioning
  • Door armrests
  • Easy entry system
  • Electronic drive selector
  • Folding front centre armrest + storage
  • Folding rear seat head rests
  • Front and rear map pockets
  • Front headrests
  • Front/rear interior lights
  • Gear selector switch located on steering column
  • Glovebox
  • Glovebox light
  • Grab handles
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable rear headrests
  • Isofix child seat attachment
  • LED luggage compartment lighting
  • Multifunction leather steering wheel in black with blue accent
  • Neutronic Cloth upholstery
  • Pre-heating for battery with active air flap control
  • Rapid charge preparation
  • Reading lights
  • Rear shelf cover
  • Slide through light-weight front seats
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
  • Ticket holder
  • Packs

  • Extended storage pack - I3
  • Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • ABS with Brake Assist
  • Airbags - front driver/passenger, front & rear curtain, front side
  • Auto differential brake
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • DSC+
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic tyre pressure monitoring
  • Front and rear vented brake discs
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Seatbelt pretensioners
  • Seatbelt security check for front seats
  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Security

  • Automatic drive away locking facility
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Key integrated remote control central locking
  • Keyless ignition
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Technical

  • Drive Performance Control
  • Safety battery terminal
  • Sports suspension
  • Wheels

  • BMW Mobility kit with tyre sealing system
  • Low rolling resistance tyres
  • 20" Double spoke light alloy wheel with mixed tyres- Style 431 (Available as no-cost option)
  • Trim

  • Andesit silver trim (Available as no-cost option)

Tech Data

    Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh:33.2
  • Battery Charge Slow kW:2.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage:0-80
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes):600
  • Battery Charge Fast kW:7.4
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage:0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes):240
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW:50
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage:0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes):78
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW:Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage:Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes):Not Available
  • Battery Leased:No
  • Battery Type:Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type:Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km:14.3
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles:174
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage:100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years:8
  • Emissions - ICE

  • CO:Not Available
  • CO2 (g/km):Data Not Available
  • HC:Not Available
  • HC+NOx:Not Available
  • NOx:Not Available
  • Particles:Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions:EURO 6
  • Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft:Not Available
  • Catalytic Convertor:Yes
  • CC:1
  • Compression Ratio:Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout:Not Available
  • Cylinders:Not Available
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm):Not Available
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm):Not Available
  • Engine Code:Not Available
  • Engine Layout:Not Available
  • Fuel Delivery:Not Available
  • Gears:1 SPEED
  • Number of Valves:Not Available
  • Transmission:AUTO
  • Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg):Not Available
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg):Not Available
  • EC Urban (mpg):Not Available
  • General

  • Badge Engine CC:0.0
  • Badge Power:183
  • Based On ID:Not Available
  • Coin Description:S
  • Coin Series:Not Available
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:29E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %:Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?:No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months:24
  • Service Interval Mileage:18000
  • Special Edition:No
  • Special Order:No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months:Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage:Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class:M1
  • Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs):6.9
  • Engine Power - BHP:183
  • Engine Power - KW:135
  • Engine Power - RPM:7000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT:199
  • Engine Torque - MKG:27.5
  • Engine Torque - NM:270
  • Engine Torque - RPM:Not Available
  • Top Speed:99
  • Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle:NEDC Correlated
  • Tyres

  • Alloys?:Yes
  • Space Saver?:No
  • Tyre Size Front:175/55 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear:195/50 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare:TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style:DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 431
  • Wheel Type:20" ALLOY
  • Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height:1590
  • Height (including roof rails):Not Available
  • Length:4006
  • Wheelbase:2570
  • Width:1791
  • Width (including mirrors):2039
  • Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):Not Available
  • Gross Vehicle Weight:1700
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):1100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):260
  • Max. Loading Weight:435
  • Max. Roof Load:Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked:Not Available
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:Not Available
  • Minimum Kerbweight:1265
  • No. of Seats:4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:10.31

Want a little extra?

Independent review

THE I'S HAVE IT

BMW's long-awaited electric vehicle, the i3, always promised much. Now, it delivers even more. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

BMW i3 has proved to be a successful first stab at the all-electric vehicle market for its Munich maker and since the original 2013 launch, the Munich maker hasn't stopped trying to improve it. In 2016, the original 60Ah version was replaced with a 94Ah variant that boosted this model's all-electric operating range to over 200 miles. A year later, BMW gave the styling a minor refresh and added a slightly pokier i3s derivative into the range to create the model line-up we're going to look at here. For all buyers, the option remains on both variants to add in a small 'Range Extender' petrol engine to further boost operating mileage. The result of all these improvements is a car that's now even harder to ignore in this growing segment.

Background

If you're of the old school and BMW means shark nosed, six-cylinder, ultimate driving machines to you, the Munich company's i3 electric vehicle is going to appear a wholly alien concept. It's a squat little citycar riding on 155mm wide tyres. Yet delve a little deeper and it doesn't take long to find a strand of proper BMW DNA. It's revealed in the thinking behind the engineering and the logic that went into making the various development decisions. Wherever BMW's engineers could have developed a more focused, technically correct solution, they appear to have done so, allowing for certain cost controls of course. Of course, you might well be part of the 99% of British car buying customers that chooses an internal combustion engine over an electric motor. Your next car and maybe the next one after that will probably be powered by fossil fuels. Even if that is the case, have a look at what the BMW i3 now offers, especially in this improved form with its long 205-mile all-electric operating range. It's building a case for electric vehicles that is becoming ever more convincing.

Driving Experience

As you might expect from a BMW product, the i3 doesn't want for go. The electric motor is mounted low down within the rear axle which helps to keep a low centre of gravity and also to improve crashworthiness. The power unit weighs just 130kg and produces 170bhp in standard form, which means that the i3's power to weight ration of 141bhp per tonne is just 5bhp per tonne shy of a Honda Civic Type R hot hatch. If you're interested in a comparison of that sort, you'll be interested in the slightly pokier i3s variant, where the electric motor's power output is boosted to 184bhp, plus there's sports suspension with specially developed springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Whatever i3 variant you choose, as with all electric vehicles, a decisive advantage comes in its amount of torque. In a typical city scoot such as, say, a 1.2-litre Fiat 500, you can count on 102Nm of torque, but this BMW generates a hefty 250Nm of muscle in its standard frm (or 270Nm in 'i3s' guise), offering instant urge with all that torque available from idle. It's sent to the rear wheels via a single-ratio gearbox that offers the choice of three driving modes: Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro+. The i3s has an extra 'Sport' setting. This translates to a car that's certainly not slow off the mark. The standard model will get from standstill to 37mph in 3.8sec and to 62mph in 7.3sec (or 6.9s for the i3s). Either way, any Toyota GT-86 sportscar drivers will have a very hard time keeping pace with an i3. The top speed is limited to 93mph in the standard model or 99mph in the i3s. Extremely direct steering, a low centre of gravity, a clever DSC stability control system and lightweight body structures add up to very focused driving characteristics. BMW has engineered in a little body roll, largely to clue drivers in to where the limits of those narrow tyres are, but this remains a car you can enjoy hustling along. Go for the 'Range Extender' version of this car, as is possible with ether i3 or i3s variants, and a tiny 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine is added to cut in once the battery power is spent.

Design and Build

Think of the i3 as a car in two halves. The bottom half is almost all aluminium, the upper half almost all carbon fibre. Armed with this information, you can rightly surmise that it doesn't weigh very much. Even with the weight of all those batteries - some 230kg comprised of 96 individual cells kept at an optimum 20deg Centigrade by their own air conditioning unit - the i3 only tips the scales at 1,195kg. Compare that to the 1,395kg of the entry-level petrol-powered Mercedes-Benz B Class and you'll appreciate the lengths BMW have gone to keep weight low and efficiency high. The styling is determinedly modern, with the kidney grille being the key BMW styling signature. The black hood, roof and glazed hatch will be characteristic features for future BMW 'i' cars. Adaptive LEDs headlights and floating LED tail lights are standard. The lowered belt line in the rear and absence of a "B" pillar improves visibility, while the rear "coach" doors make entry easier. As for changes made to this revised model, well there aren't many. The trademark BMW i Black Belt running from the bonnet over the roof to the car's rear end is now complemented by A-pillars and roof lines that also sport a black finish. The front and rear aprons have been restyled and a smart chrome design strip now runs across the full width of the rear end. On the sporty i3s variant, there's a roof line accent with a high-gloss black finish and a rear apron composed of individually styled contours with a black surround frame featuring an extra-wide, body-coloured inlay. As before, the i3 really isn't a very big car, measuring just 3,999mm long, which is only a tad longer than a Ford Fiesta. Despite that, thanks to the flat floor, the thin seats and the low window line, the cabin feels surprisingly roomy. The instrument cluster and Control Display comprise two screens, one behind the steering wheel and the other at the top of the centre console. Interior materials are eco-orientated, with the dashboard and door cards made from dried grass fibres from the kenaf plant and eucalyptus wood being optional. The boot measures 260-litres, but fold the rear seats and you get up to 1,100-litres. Expect that capacity to drop if you choose the range-extender motor. This is a modified version of the 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine used in the company's CT650 GT maxi-scooter, with a nine-litre fuel tank ahead of the front seats.

Market and Model

Value. That's a really tough one to assess in the context of the i3. Prices start at around £34,000 for the standard all-electric model, which sounds quite a lot until you remember that this car qualifies for a generous £4,500 government-funded Plug-in car grant. That takes the asking figure down to just under £30,000, a sum you could easily pay for a pokey diesel version of a similarly-sized premium badged model like an Audi A3 or a Mercedes A-Class. There's a £3,000 premium to pay if you want the sportier 'i3s' variant. And, whether you choose the standard model or the i3s, your dealer will offer you the option of adding in that little 'Range Exender' petrol engine for just over £3,000 more. Go for an i3s with the Range Extender fitted and even after the deduction of the government grant, you'll be looking at needing to shell out around £37,000. The i3 represents the first time carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) have been used in a mass-production electric car. Combined with injected thermoplastics, the i3's body will never rust and will be largely dent resistant.

Cost of Ownership

Can an i3 really make economic sense? It's tempting to conclude that for a typical buyer covering, say, 7,500 miles a year, simply opting for a cheap citycar with a 1.0-litre engine would be a better bet. However, factor in something like the London congestion charge, which could run you over £8,000 for that period, couple it with the minimal fuel bills and likely strong residual values of the i3 and the BMW comes into its own. Put it up against conventional diesel versions of premium rivals like the Audi A1 and the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and they don't enjoy a massive price advantage, thus making the i3 look increasingly attractive. This car's certainly widened its market scope since BMW gave it an uprated 94Ah powertrain, which on the full-battery-powered model has facilitated an increase in all-electric NEDC driving range from the 112 mile total on offer when this car was originally launched to as much as 205 miles in its current form - quite a change. The 'Range Extended' versions offer a slightly lower all-electric NEDC-rated driving range (up to 146 miles on the standard model and up to 121 miles with the i3s) but of curse, when that expires, you've the advantage of knowing that a frugal little petrol engine will cut in, exending your driving range to as much as 276 miles. The figures just quoted are all European test cycle stats of course: in real world use, we'd probably expect around 120 miles in regular use from the standard all-battery model - maybe 150 miles if you're a feather-foot. Go for the standard 'Range Extender' derivative and of course you can raise that figure substantially - to well over 200 miles. Recharging times vary, but are much quicker, despite the significantly larger battery capacity. A DC Rapid-charge system is now standard and AC charging is now multi-phase, meaning full charging can be completed in under 3 hours with the multi-phase system. As before, the car can also be charged at home using a standard three-pin plug or by specifying a BMW i Wallbox.

Summary

We said electric cars were going to get better: here's a great example of just how. BMW's i3 was already a very good product. Now, it makes more sense than ever. As before, this model is unashamedly high-end - you only need to look at the materials it's built from to appreciate that - but as a result, it's leagues more exotic than a conventionally-powered rival with a premium badge. Indeed, its carbon fibre and aluminium construction lends it a technical sheen of cool that's quite different to the usual electric vehicle proposition, which all too often gives off the distinctive whiff of anorak. Costing around £2 to charge, with a real world range of up to around 150 miles on batteries alone, the i3 will work for many suburban commuters looking for something stylish and a bit different to the norm. One day electric vehicles will be cool rather than nerdy and if that happens, we think the i3 will be seen to be the car that started that progression.

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