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2017 (67) BMW I3125kW Range Extender 33kWh 5dr Auto

Harry Fairbairn BMW (Glasgow)
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

BMW apps interfaceBMW ConnectedDrive - Assist
BMW emergency callBMW Online services
BMW remote servicesBMW Teleservices
Lights on warningLuggage compartment with electric unlocking via key remote control
On board computerOutside temperature display
Personal ProfileReal time traffic information
Service interval indicatorServotronic PAS
Speed limit displaySpeed limiter
Stop/start buttonTyre puncture warning system

Entertainment

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

Exterior Features

Auto dimming driver's door mirrorAuto dimming rear view mirror
Black window surroundsBody colour bumpers
Body colour door handlesBody colour roof mouldings
Electric + heated aspheric door mirrorsElectric front windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzleFollow me home headlights
Green tinted heat insulating glassHeadlight washers
Heated rear windowHigh gloss black bonnet
High gloss black door mirror housingHigh gloss black roof
High gloss black tailgateRain sensor with auto light activation system
Rear spoilerRear wiper

Interior Features

12V socket in luggage compartment2 lashing eyes in luggage compartment at sill
2 spoke leather steering wheel4 Lashing eyes in boot
50/50 split folding rear seatAC fast charge preparation
Adjustable steering columnAnthracite Velour floor mats
Automatic air conditioningAutomatic interior light system
Black door sill finishers with BMW designationCabin pre-conditioning
Door armrestsDoor storage trays
Easy entry systemFolding front centre armrest + storage
Folding rear seat head restsFront and rear cup holders
Front headrestsGlovebox
Glovebox lightGrab handles
Heated front seatsHeight adjustable rear headrests
Isofix child seat attachmentLuggage compartment lighting
Multifunction leather steering wheel in black with blue accentNeutronic Cloth upholstery
Pre-heating for battery with active air flap controlRapid charge preparation
Sunvisors with vanity mirrorsTicket holder
Toolkit located in luggage compartment 

Packs

Extended storage pack - I3 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seatsABS/EBD
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doorsDriver and passenger airbags
Driver/front passenger side airbagsDSC+
Dynamic brake controlDynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electronic parking brakeElectronic tyre pressure monitoring
Front and rear curtain airbagsHill start assist
Passenger airbag deactivate switchSeatbelt pretensioners
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

Wheels

Tyre 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 km13.1NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles150
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years5

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)12Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Catalytic ConvertorTrueCC1
Compression Ratio10.6:1Engine CodeW20K06U0
Gears1 SPEEDTransmissionAUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)470.8EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue

General

Badge Engine CC0Badge Power170
Coin SeriesRange ExtenderInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0721E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %86NCAP Child Occupant Protection %81
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 094NCAP Pedestrian Protection %57
NCAP Safety Assist %55Service Interval Frequency - Months24
Service Interval Mileage18000Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.1Engine Power - BHP170
Engine Power - KW125Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG25.5Engine Torque - NM250
Top Speed93 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front155/70 R19
Tyre Size Rear175/60 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleSTAR SPOKE STYLE 427Wheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1578Length3999
Wheelbase2570Width1775
Width (including mirrors)2039 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)9Gross Vehicle Weight1760
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1100Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)260
Max. Loading Weight395Minimum Kerbweight1365
No. of Seats4Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb9.86
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 i3 Range Extender

BMW's i3 is one of the cleverest all-electric models we've seen. But can we really still call it an 'all-electric' car in 'Range Extender' form with a little two cylinder petrol scooter engine slung out the back. Actually, we can. Jonathan Crouch looks at the improved version.

Ten Second Review

BMW's i3 is an electric vehicle unlike any we've seen to date. It can be bought either in pure electric form or, as tested here, with a Range Extender petrol engine added to prolong the period you can travel between potentially rapid charge-ups. Since the original 2013 launch, the Munich maker has improved this product significantly. In 2016, the original 60Ah version was replaced with a 94Ah variant that boosted this model's theoretical 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. As ever, you get the kind of dynamic driving experience you simply wouldn't expect an electric vehicle to be able to provide. But then this is BMW's approach to EV motoring. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.

Background

Like its sister model, the hybrid i8 sportscar, BMW's i3 represents a very different take on EV motoring, designed from the ground-up as an electric vehicle and unusual in this segment in its use of rear wheel drive and its emphasis on an engaging at-the-wheel experience. It remains groundbreaking thanks to the lightweight chassis and bodywork solutions that have left this contender far less heavy than other pure electric rivals. It's become a more credble option too, since BMW fitted uprated larger '94 AH' lithium-ion batteries that considerably boosted the all-electic operating range. That hasn't lessened the demand amongst i3 buyers to add in the extra petrol-powered 'Range Extender' engine option though, pricey as it is. This variant, like the standard all-electric i3, has been recently improved, with minor styling upgrades and, more significantly, the extra availability of a slightly pokier i3s variant.

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

This BMW looks like nothing else on the road - such being the benefits of design from scratch. The Munich maker wanted to do that in order to create the kind of class-leadingly light bodyshell that would allow for the fitment of larger batteries to increase the driving range. That was the idea - here's the reality, with bodywork fabricated from the kind of aluminium and carbon fibre mix you'd find on a McLaren P1 supercar or an F1 Grand Prix racer. 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. Getting in requires use of 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. Unfortunately, only two folk can be accommodated in the rear nut those that can be carried have reasonable space to play with. There's also a 280-litre boot extendable to 1,100-litres. Up front, there's no conventional instrument cluster - just two high-definition LCD screens, one behind the steering wheel and the other sited at the top of the centre console and big enough for rear seat folk to see. The gear selector and start/stop button share a stalk projecting from the steering column and you engage gears using a rotary controller, which moves forwards or backwards. The central design element is this arc of trim extending from the air vents on the left-hand side of the cockpit, which continues behind the steering column and reaches its full height above the usefully deep top-lidded glove box.

Market and Model

Most i3 models will be leased but if you are looking at buying outright, you'll need to know that pricing starts at around £29,500 for the pure electric version. You can tack on just over £3,000 more if you want the Range Extender model: nearly £33,000 seems quite a lot to integrate a scooter engine. These figures take into account the generous £4,500 OLEV Government grant, a bigger grant, we should point out, than applies to rival Plug-in hybrid competitors. The Range Extender version is the one 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. But if I was buying this car, I personally wouldn't care about that. Peace of mind is hard to put a price on. BMW reckons that most customers will agree with me, over 80% likely to continue to choose the Range Extender option with this i3, which means we're either a nation of cowards or something different. Pragmatists, I'd say.

Cost of Ownership

The biggest draw for many with this i3 will be its personal taxation advantages. The all-electric version is, after all, BIK tax-free, while this Range Extender model's official 13-14g/km CO2 rating (15g/km for the i3s) means it qualifies for a mere 5% of benefit-in-kind liability. Corporate business customers benefit from a 100% capital write-down allowance and very low levels of National Insurance taxation. As for driving range, well here's a car that official statistics suggest can in this 94AH guise offer a range of up to 146 miles on the European test cycle. Mind you, my experience with electric cars to date has taught me to deeply distrust official statistics: I'd work around an all-electric driving range of around 115 miles if I were you. If just listening to those kinds of figures prompts you into an attack of so-called 'range anxiety', then the i3 Range Extender model we're looking at here is the version for you - to a point. The little motorcycle petrol engine here mated with battery power is reasonably efficient but unfortunately must operate with a tiny 9-litre fuel tank that offers you an extra driving range of no more than about 93 miles. In other words, your total real-world journeying distance is extended over that of the pure electric i3 to a figure that'd probably be in the region of around 200 miles in normal use, maybe a little more if you're a feather-foot and the season and the conditions are working in your favour. Based upon battery and engine combined use over that sort of distance, BMW claims the combined cycle i3 Range Extender fuel figure to be an astonishing 403.5mpg. Based on its use of petrol alone, this car delivers only about 40mpg, which is what you'd get if you were to find yourself without electrical back-up for a few days. Given the fact that we're talking here about a tiny two cylinder scooter engine, that's far less impressive.

Summary

If, so far, you've been a bit sceptical about electric vehicles, then you need to try this one, especially in this improved guise. Even if it doesn't change your viewpoint, you're going to have a heck of a lot of fun proving yourself right. It's distinctive, enjoyable and feels like a genuinely special ownership proposition. 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. Like most British buyers, if I was spending my own money, I'd definitely go for the version with the Range Extender petrol engine fitted. It gives the car the added flexibility you'll appreciate when life doesn't quite go to plan and, apart from the premium being asked, other downsides are few. Quite frankly, why wouldn't you? That's a question you could ask of the i3 package as a whole. And answer negatively by citing prestige pricing, awkward looks and restricted rearward space. None of these thing though, are issues likely to unduly bother the vast audience BMW is targeting with this car. People who've so far stayed away from the electric vehicle revolution - but might well join it now.

Performance
80%
Handling
90%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

* 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.

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Monthly payment£415.55
Deposit£2650
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£26,498
Credit amount£23,848
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£10,275
Total amount payable£32,456.85
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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