2019 BMW i3 Evaluate, Scores, Specs, Costs, and Pictures
Rear engine, carbon fiber, and an unique form would possibly get hearts hovering, however the 2019 BMW i3 takes a unique tack.
This yr, the small electrical BMW will get a much bigger battery over final yr’s model by almost one-third, however its 42.2-kwh battery and 153-mile vary nonetheless fall wanting rivals.
We give the 2019 BMW i3 a 5.eight on our general scale, which is weighted closely towards the i3’s electrical powertrain. Its consolation and options belie its excessive value of greater than $44,000 to begin. The i3 is obtainable with or with out vary extender, with or with out an uprated motor (i3s), and in Deka, Giga, Mega, and Tera trim ranges that BMW calls “Worlds.” (Learn extra about how we charge automobiles.)
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The i3’s appears have aged higher than we imagined, though it’s nonetheless an oddball on the street. The i3 harks again to a not-so-distant previous when “eco-friendly” wasn’t mainstream.
The i3 is small, with a futuristic form that won’t ever arrive within the current. The inside is toned down in comparison with the skin, easy, and stylish with out being nerdy.
The i3 is powered by a 170-horsepower electrical motor that drives the rear wheels. It’s paired this yr to a 42.2-kwh battery that gives as much as 153 miles of vary, based on the EPA. A sportier i3s is obtainable that bumps the ability output to 184 hp however makes use of the identical battery and is rated the identical for vary.
A spread-extended model provides a small 2-cylinder gas-powered engine that provides roughly 90 miles of vary.
Like all electrical automobiles, the i3’s instantaneous torque is enjoyable to drive and it’s brisk in comparison with different automobiles powered by gasoline alone, however the i3 (and i3s) fall wanting sporty in comparison with another electrics.
Its skinny tires hand over grip shortly however are a boon to general effectivity. The i3 manages to be snug regardless of tall tires.
The i3 surprisingly gives 4 passenger doorways, however the rear doorways are small and swing open in the wrong way of driver and passenger doorways. Rear seat riders shouldn’t be tall, simply 31 inches of leg room cramps leggy passengers from sitting comfortably within the rear. About 15 cubic ft of cargo area is obtainable with the rear seats in place, almost 40 cubes with the second row folded.
The i3 lacks an entire set of security scores, however what’s in to date is sweet. The IIHS charges the i3 as “Good” in all crash checks it’s carried out however rated the headrests as “Acceptable.”
The i3 is obtainable in 4 trims that rise in value however provide principally related tools. For greater than $44,000 to begin, consumers get a 10.2-inch touchscreen with one yr of Apple CarPlay compatibility, 19-inch wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, and fabric upholstery. The sportier i3s provides $3,200 to the underside line, and the range-extending gasoline engine provides greater than $3,800 to the already-high value.
The i3 qualifies for a federal tax rebate as much as $7,500 and could also be eligible for state or native rebates.