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Brand New BMW I3S 94Ah 5dr Auto

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£999 deposit
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

5.7" colour TFT Instrument clusterBMW apps interface
BMW ConnectedDrive - AssistBMW emergency call
BMW liveBMW Online services
BMW remote servicesBMW Teleservices
ECO PRO mode to improve rangeECO PRO+ mode to improve range (top speed 56mph)
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

Front and rear Brake pad wear indicatorAuto dimming rear view mirror
Black door sillsBlack roof mouldings
Black wheel arch extensionsBlack window surrounds
Black with integrated LED brake light in rear spoilerBMW i3s badge on rear tailgate
Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Dynamic brake lightseDrive rear designation
Electric adjustable, heated, folding, anti-dazzle interior & exterior drivers, and aspheric on passenger sideElectric front windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility
Follow me home headlightsFront bumper with i3s specific black inlay and accent highlights
Front floor mat with i3s model designation in the centreGreen tinted heat insulating glass
Headlight washersHeated rear window
High gloss black A pillarsHigh gloss black bonnet
High gloss black door mirror housingHigh gloss black grille with chrome inserts
High gloss black roofHigh gloss black tailgate
LED daytime running lightsLED Headlights
LED indicator lightsLED rear lights
Rain sensor with auto light activation systemRear fog lights
Rear shelf coverRear 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
BMW Mobility kit with tyre sealing systemCabin pre-conditioning
Door armrestsEasy entry system
Electronic drive selectorFolding front centre armrest + storage
Folding rear seat head restsFront and rear map pockets
Front headrestsFront/rear interior lights
Gear selector switch located on steering columnGlovebox
Glovebox lightGrab handles
Heated front seatsHeight adjustable rear headrests
Isofix child seat attachmentLED luggage compartment lighting
Multifunction leather steering wheel in black with blue accentNeutronic Cloth upholstery
Pre-heating for battery with active air flap controlRapid charge preparation
Reading lightsSlide 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

Low rolling resistance tyresTyre repair kit
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 km14.3NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles174
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Catalytic ConvertorTrueCC1
Gears1 SPEEDTransmissionAUTO

General

Badge Engine CC0Badge Power183
Coin DescriptionSInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0729E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Service Interval Frequency - Months24Service Interval Mileage18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)6.9Engine 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

Gross Vehicle Weight1700Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1100
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)260Max. Loading Weight435
Minimum Kerbweight1265No. of Seats4
Turning 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 drives it.

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. 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. Most significantly, there's now an additional variant, this sportier i3s, 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

Like all electric cars, the asking price of this one would be a little daunting were it not for the generous £4,500 grant that the government currently contributes towards purchase. For the standard model, that reduces BMW's initial asking figure of well over £33,000 to around £29,000. You can tack on another £3,150 on to that if you want the Range Extender version - which seems quite a lot to integrate a scooter engine. The sportier i3s variant that we tried for this test costs from just over £36,000, before the grant reduces that to around £32,000. Again, the majority of buyers will want the Range Extender engine to be added, which will leave you needing to find around £35,000 for ownership. 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.

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, given that some rivals can significantly better the distance possible between charges of this car's 94Ah/33kWh battery pack - expect around 120 miles in real world terms. Still, 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
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
Styling
60%
Build
80%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

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

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£450.98
Deposit£999
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate2.9%
Cash price£32,480
Credit amount£29,481
Guaranteed future value£10,597.26
Total amount payable£34,792.32
BMW deposit£2000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge6.64p per mile
Representative APR2.9%
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