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2020 BMW I3 review

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BMW I3 highlights

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Pros

  • Agile and pacy, thanks to its light frame
  • Beautifully crafted and progressive interior styling
  • Optional range-extender model

Cons

  • Reverse-hinged rear doors are tricky in tight parking spots
  • Higher cargo floor and less space than rivals

126 - 153 miles

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Looking for an innovative and compact electric car?

Ever since it was first introduced in 2013, the BMW i3 has been considered one of the most interesting and unique electric vehicles, thanks primarily to its unorthodox exterior design and use of sophisticated technology. The 2020 model is part of the first generation that started with the 2014 model year, with only a few slight changes over previous models, mostly in terms of range and powertrain options. The BMW i3 is most suitable for city driving, since it's quite practical and easily maneuverable due to its size and shape. It's a perfect choice for your daily commute as well as running errands around town.

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What is new for the 2020 BMW I3?

  • Full Roof Rack features are now available as options on select trims.

2020 BMW I3 trims

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BMW i3

  • Heated front seats, iDrive infotainment system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and keyless entry.

BMW i3s

  • Includes everything from the BMW i3 trim, with a 181-horsepower electric motor, and a sport-tuned suspension.

BMW i3 with Range Extender

  • Comes with all standard features from the base i3, plus a two-cylinder gasoline range extender.

BMW i3s with Range Extender

  • Includes all features from the BMW i3s trim, and adds a two-cylinder gasoline range extender.

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5 reasons to buy the 2020 BMW I3

1. Unique exterior design

One of the most distinguishing things about the BMW i3 is its design. It boasts an eye-catching futuristic look that makes it stand out from the crowd wherever it goes. It's tall and narrow, featuring unusual lines along the sides and the rear end that give the car its quirky, playful looks. If you're looking for a with a distinctive, bold design that is sure to turn a lot of heads, then the BMW i3 is one of the best choices you could make.

2. Packed with tech features

When it comes to technology, the BMW i3 leaves little to be desired. It is packed with features that make every ride more comfortable, enjoyable and entertaining. It comes standard with automatic climate control, start/stop button, an on-board computer with Check Control that provides you with the most essential information about the operational status of various vehicle systems while driving—as well as driver-assist features such as acoustic pedestrian detection, impact sensor, and park distance control.

3. Innovative technology

Another factor that sets the BMW i3 apart is the use of innovative technologies and materials. For starters, its body is largely made of lightweight carbon fiber. This weight-saving structure is designed to increase range and is complemented by an aluminum Drive Module that helps provide a lower center of gravity to makes it more easily maneuverable. Inside you also get the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen and Apple CarPlay® compatibility.

4. Surprisingly roomy cabin

The BMW i3's cabin offers sufficient room for a comfortable ride for all passengers. Head and legroom both in the front and the back is satisfactory and even tall adults won't feel cramped thanks to the rear-hinged back doors, as well as the fact that there is no B-pillar. The entire cabin feels that much more spacious and is very easy to access from all sides. This makes it easier to put bags and other items in the back, as well. What's more, you can easily fold the rear seats down by pulling a strap, which opens up enough space to fit several smaller suitcases, a nice amount of groceries and even some sporting equipment.

5. Suitable for long-distance trips

While electric cars are usually associated with driving around town, the BMW i3 is suited for longer trips as well. The estimated 153-mile range of the base version is more than enough for a road trip on one charge.

What's more, BMW offers a range extender as an option, too.

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A front-runner option if you're shopping electric, the 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SUV is powered by a 201-hp electric motor, delivering front-wheel drive via a single-speed automatic transmission. When new, a fully charged 2019-2021 Kona Electric has an EPA-estimated range of 258 miles.

Seating five passengers and accommodating up to 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, this is a sensible all-electric choice.

Standard features on the 2019-2021 Hyundai Kona Electric SEL base trim include:

  • Rearview camera

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto functionality

  • Keyless entry



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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal gave the BMW I3 an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks BMW I3 1st out of 1 among Luxury Cars.

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BMW I3 features and specs

S 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Sunroof(s)
Battery details

Size

42.0 kWh

Range when new (EPA estimate)

153 miles

Estimated range today

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125 - 176 miles

Est. range in 3 years

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116 - 167 miles

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Other specifications

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

0.0L

Engine type

Electric

Wheelbase

101.2"

Overall length

158.1"

Width

70.5"

Height

62.6"

Leg room

F 40.5"/R 31.9"

Head room

F 39.6"/R 37.2"

Front tires

P175/55TR20

Rear tires

P195/50TR20

Seating capacity

4

Transmission

Automatic

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Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Capparis White

  • Fluid Black

  • Imperial Blue Metallic

  • Jucaro Beige Metallic

  • Melbourne Red Metallic

  • Mineral Gray Metallic

Interior details

  • 36.9 cubic feet maximum cargo capacity

  • Seating for four

  • BMW iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen and Apple CarPlay integration

  • Heated front seats, navigation, satellite radio, and rear 50-50 bench seat

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