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2018 (68) BMW I3135kW S Range Extender 33kWh 5dr Auto

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

5.7" colour TFT Instrument clusterAdditional SPORT driving mode with sporty throttle response
BMW apps interfaceBMW ConnectedDrive - Assist
BMW emergency callBMW live
BMW Online servicesBMW remote services
BMW TeleservicesECO PRO mode to improve range
ECO PRO+ mode to improve range (top speed 56mph)Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
Lights on warningLuggage compartment with electric unlocking via key remote control
Navigation System Professional MultimediaOn board computer
Outside temperature displayPersonal Profile
Real time traffic informationService interval indicator
Servotronic PASSpeed limit display
Speed limiterStop/start button
Tyre puncture warning system 

Entertainment

Auxiliary point for auxiliary devicesBluetooth audio streaming
BMW professional radioDAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBlack door sills
Black roof mouldingsBlack wheel arch extensions
Black window surroundsBlack with integrated LED brake light in rear spoiler
BMW i3s badge on rear tailgateBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesDynamic brake lights
eDrive rear designationElectric adjustable, heated, folding, anti-dazzle interior & exterior drivers, and aspheric on passenger side
Electric front windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facilityFollow me home headlights
Front bumper with i3s specific black inlay and accent highlightsFront floor mat with i3s model designation in the centre
Green tinted heat insulating glassHeadlight washers
Heated rear windowHigh gloss black A pillars
High gloss black bonnetHigh gloss black door mirror housing
High gloss black grille with chrome insertsHigh gloss black roof
High gloss black tailgateLED daytime running lights
LED HeadlightsLED indicator lights
LED rear lightsRain sensor with auto light activation system
Rear fog lightsRear spoiler
Rear wiperShark fin roof aerial
Tempered safety glassVisible VIN plate

Interior Features

50/50 split folding rear seatAC fast charge preparation
Additional 12V power socket in right-hand side of bootAdditional detachable cupholder
Adjustable steering columnAnthracite Velour floor mats
Automatic air conditioningAutomatic interior light system
Cabin pre-conditioningDoor armrests
Easy entry systemElectronic drive selector
Folding front centre armrest + storageFolding rear seat head rests
Front and rear map pocketsFront headrests
Front/rear interior lightsGear selector switch located on steering column
GloveboxGlovebox light
Grab handlesHeated front seats
Height adjustable rear headrestsIsofix child seat attachment
LED luggage compartment lightingMultifunction leather steering wheel in black with blue accent
Neutronic Cloth upholsteryPre-heating for battery with active air flap control
Rapid charge preparationReading lights
Rear shelf coverSlide through light-weight front seats
Sunvisors with vanity mirrorsTicket holder

Packs

Extended storage pack - I3 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS with Brake Assist
Airbags - front driver/passenger, front & rear curtain, front sideAuto differential brake
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)Brake drying
Brake energy regenerationCBC - (Cornering brake control)
Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doorsDSC+
Dynamic brake controlDynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electronic parking brakeElectronic tyre pressure monitoring
Front and rear vented brake discsFront seatbelt force limiters
Hill start assistPassenger airbag deactivate switch
Seatbelt pretensionersSeatbelt security check for front seats
Side impact protectionTwin horns
Warning triangle and first aid kit 

Security

Automatic drive away locking facilityEngine immobiliser
Key integrated remote control central lockingKeyless ignition
Locking wheel boltsRemote control Thatcham category 1 alarm

Technical

Drive Performance ControlSafety battery terminal
Sports suspension 

Wheels

BMW Mobility kit with tyre sealing systemLow rolling resistance tyres
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh33.2Battery Charge Slow kW2.4
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-80Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)600
Battery Charge Fast kW7.4Battery Charge Fast Percentage0-80
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)240Battery Charge Rapid kW50
Battery Charge Rapid Percentage0-100Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)78
Battery TypeLithium-ionCoupler/Connector TypeType 2
NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km12.5NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles137
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max16.5WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min16.3

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)14Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Catalytic ConvertorTrueCC1
Compression Ratio10.6:1Cylinders2
Cylinders - Bore (mm)79Cylinders - Stroke (mm)66
Engine CodeW20K06U0Gears1 SPEED
Number of Valves4TransmissionAUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)403.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue

General

Badge Engine CC0Badge Power183
Coin DescriptionSCoin SeriesRange Extender
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0729EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.7Engine Power - BHP183
Engine Power - KW135Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM7000Engine Torque - LBS.FT199
Engine Torque - MKG27.5Engine Torque - NM270
Top Speed99 

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front175/55 R20
Tyre Size Rear195/50 R20Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleDOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 431Wheel Type20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1590Length4006
Wheelbase2570Width1791
Width (including mirrors)2039 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)9Gross Vehicle Weight1780
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1100Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)260
Max. Loading Weight395Minimum Kerbweight1385
No. of Seats4Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.31
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW i3s

BMW's compact electric vehicle, the i3, now also comes in sportier i3s guise. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised 120Ah version.

Ten Second Review

If you're not yet quite convinced by the electric vehicle revolution, then maybe BMW's i3s could be the car to do it, especially in this improved form complete with a 120Ah battery offering a longer driving range. This is a sportier, more focused version of a model the Munich brand says is all the things you'd expect a compact EV to be - refined, eco-conscious and super-affordable to run. It should certainly surprise you in terms of sheer driving enjoyment and as before, there's the option of adding in a Range Extender petrol generator to alleviate driving range anxiety. It's all part of BMW's rather different approach to EV motoring.

Background

Electric cars may still be of minority interest to buyers, but the car makers know that EVs couldn't be more significant. Hence the vast improvements made to the operating range of models in this segment in the last couple of years. Amongst compact contenders in this sector though, there's still only one premium choice - and this is it: this BMW i3. In early 2018, the brand brought us the significantly revised model we're going to test here, then in late 2018, the company further improved it by adding in a much gutsier 120Ah battery. These days, i3 buyers select between the standard version and the sportier i3s variant we're going to look at here, which gets more power and sharper chassis dynamics. Whatever version you prefer, the i3 remains a car of contradictions. An individual choice, yet with mass appeal. And an eco warrior that a petrol head might also enjoy. Ultimately though, it's a BMW born to be electric - which ought to be a very good thing indeed. Let's find out.

Driving Experience

We tried the top i3 derivative, the i3s, which has 184hp, 14hp more than the standard version. The handling of the 's' model has been uprated too, with a 40mm wider track, a 10mm lower ride height, larger 20-inch wheels and specially tuned springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. All of that makes this BMW feel even more planted and agile, embellishing this model's reputation as the first EV able to offer genuine driving enjoyment. Predictably also though, the i3s modifications further stiffen up ride quality that was already quite firm in the standard i3, as the engineers sought to reduce the natural tendency of the tall, narrow body to roll around through the corners. There's no kind of adaptive damping system available to minimise the downside here, so even if you're set on an i3s, we'd advise also trying the ordinary variant before you finally decide. Either way, you'll need to manage your expectations when it comes to the top speed, which is pegged at 99mph in the i3s. And you only get that if you're using the standard 'Drive Performance Control' driving modes system in its normal 'Comfort' or more efficient 'ECO PRO' modes. Switch to the third 'ECO PRO+' setting and your velocity will be restricted to just 50mph. The i3s also has an extra 'Sport' mode for sharper throttle response and tighter steering characteristics.

Design and Build

This i3 is now the only compact electric vehicle on the market with really futuristic styling. This sportier i3s version is distinguished by larger 20-inch wheels, a size larger than normal. A controversial touch on all i3 models is the sudden dip in the pronounced so-called 'streamflow' shoulder line just rearwards of the front doors. It's apparently been incorporated so as to create a larger side window surface for the rear passenger compartment, but at first glance, it looks like a bit of an after-thought. You'll be glad that it's there though, if you have to take a seat in the back because otherwise, that whole rear seat area would be a bit of a black hole. And pretty impossible to get to were it not for the opposing 'coach-style' doors that open to reveal the lack of the kind of central B-pillar that almost every other car in the world has to have. Only two people can be accommodated at the back, even though three would probably fit at a squash thanks to the lack of the usual centre transmission tunnel. There's a totally flat floor up-front too and the roomy feeling you get is enhanced by the low window line and the tall airy cabin. There's no conventional instrument cluster - just two high-definition LCD screens, one behind the steering wheel and the other a large central monitor now standardised at 10.25-inches in size, sited at the top of the centre console and big enough for rear seat folk to see.

Market and Model

The sportier i3s variant costs nearly £37,000 - or around £40,000 with the optional Range Extender engine fitted, but a £3,500 governemnt grant is available to reduce those figures. That's if you're buying outright of course. Most likely i3 drivers won't be, leasing being the usual means of acquisition for all versions of this this BMW. The Range Extender version is the one that we tried, the car that one motoring journalist dubbed 'the coward's choice'. Well, paint me yellow if you like, but as someone who routinely pulls his mobile out to find the battery pancaked, I'm not sure I'd be altogether different charging a car. It's certainly true that if you really get your act together and use the i3 as efficiently as possible, ownership of this version will see you paying for and lugging around a hunk of metalwork in the back that'll rarely, if ever, be used. Optional equipment now also includes telephony with wireless charging, which allows compatible smartphones to be recharged without use of a cable. The wireless LAN hotspot provides a fast online connection for up to ten devices inside the vehicle.

Cost of Ownership

As ever with an i3, whatever choice you make, you'll have the option of ordering your car in either full-Electric spec or in the 'Range Extender' - or 'REx' - form that around 75% of customers choose. The preference here is really down to peace of mind, the 'REx' package adding in a Korean-built two-cylinder petrol generator which can cut in to increase your driving range by around 80 miles should you run out of battery charge. You might think that to be an issue, though these days, there aren't too many rivals that can significantly better the distance possible between charges of this car's 120Ah/42.2kWh battery pack - expect around 177 miles in (WLTP-rated) real world terms. Charging can be relatively quick, taking less than four hours using the 7kW Type 2 Wallbox that you'll need to get fitted in your garage. Find a high-amperage DC charger at a garage or service station and up to 80% of battery charge can be replenished in just 40 minutes. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a normal household plug point will need 11 hours to completely recharge the car.

Summary

There's lots that we really like about the i3. It has a premium feel missing from every other compact EV you can currently buy, something we think that would translate into a genuinely special ownership proposition. And, despite the fact that it's been around since 2013, it's still the most distinctive and interestingly-styled car in the class. Plus it's also the most innovative under the skin. Better still, this BMW remains - by some distance - the most rewarding electric car you could choose to drive, especially in this uprated i3s guise. In short, if so far, you've been a bit sceptical about electric vehicles, then you might enjoy trying this one. Even if it doesn't change your viewpoint, you're going to have a heck of a lot of fun proving yourself right. Compared to this i3, even a talented vehicle like BMW's own 1 Series seems a bit grey and two-dimensional. Like it or not, this is the future for small cars. This BMW is a model the EV segment needs. Try one and, perhaps to your surprise, you might find that you do too.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Charging station data is provided by NCPRNational Charge Point Registry UK

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Monthly payment£399.02
Deposit£2700
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£26,998
Credit amount£24,298
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£11,834
Total amount payable£33,288.94
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge9.41p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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