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Introducing the BMW i3

Electric driving is the future. However, the future is already here with the BMW i3 - a fully-electric, zero emissions state-of-the-art hatchback from BMW.

With an all-electric range of up to 188 miles, the i3 can get you from London to Brighton, and back again, on just a single charge. And with electric motoring, you'll be saving money for each and every mile that you cover when you compare the running costs to conventional petrol or diesel vehicles.

Discover all of the important details about the latest generation of BMW's first fully-electric car below.

Design and Practicality

BMW i3 Front

Uniquely modern, the BMW i3 takes the iconic BMW DNA and blends it into this state-of-the-art electric car, with stunning futuristic style.

Contrasting colours ensure the i3 keeps a unique identity with either a contrasting roof colour, or contrasting accents to demonstrate the car's electric identity. Despite its all-electric powertrain, the iconic BMW kidney grille still adorns the front of the car, a not-so-subtle nod to BMW's rich heritage of designing class-leading premium cars.

Rear doors are hinged in the opposite way to a usual car door to offer a wider opening for the car, with no centre pillar restricting access for passengers. Strikingly large 19 and 20-inch alloy wheels in Turbine and double spoke style ensure the i3 stands out from the conventional hatchback crowd.

Technology and Safety

BMW i3 Interior

With no centre pillar, space is superb inside the i3 and the cabin feels very light and airy. Interior ambiance is very modern thanks to a variety of different 'worlds' using cloth and natural leather.

A futuristic digital instrument cluster furthers the space-age environment, complemented by a sharp infotainment screen encompassing BMW ConnectedDrive.

Interesting shapes, textiles and materials ensure spending time in the BMW i3 will always spark many conversations. Impressively, up to 85 percent of the interior in an i3 is made from recycled materials - sustainable engineering is a theme of this ingenious model.

Engines and Performance

BMW i3 Wheel

There are two versions: i3 and i3s. The standard i3 has a 125kW (168bhp) electric motor, whereas the i3S features a more powerful 135kW (181bhp) electric motor.

Each version follows the BMW mantra of being rear-wheel drive. Although the car is fully electric, the i3 can go from 0 to 62mph in just 7.3 seconds, whilst the i3S takes just 6.9 seconds - far quicker than competitor hatchbacks that are powered by petrol and diesel.

An electric range of approximately 188 miles is achievable in the i3, and the approximate annual cost of charging is just £135, whilst a comparable petrol car would be around £1,477.

i3 Models


Key features:

  • 19" BMW i light alloy Turbine style 429 wheels, Bicolour
  • A-pillar and roof moulding in High-gloss Black and Chrome optic highlight
  • BMW eDrive motor
  • BMW Professional radio without CD player
  • Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body structure
  • Exterior mirrors, electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Heat protection glazing with green-tint
  • Interior trim, Andesit Silver metallic effect
  • Interior world, Atelier
  • Kidney grille, High-gloss Black with Chrome contrast edging
  • LED headlights
  • Li-Ion Battery with active cooling with 38kWh usable energy content
  • Navigation system – BMW Professional Multimedia
  • Seat heating, front


BMW i3


Key features in addition to i3:

  • 20" BMW i light alloy Double-spoke style 431 wheels, Bicolour with mixed tyres
  • Additional 14hp of engine power, additional 20Nm of torque and 0.4 seconds reduction in 0-62mph time
  • Additional SPORT driving mode with adapted sport driving pedal behaviour
  • A-pillar and roof moulding in High-gloss Black
  • Front bumper with i3s specific High-gloss Black inlay and highlights (finished in BMW i Blue or Frozen Grey)
  • Front floor mat with i3s model designation in the centre
  • High-gloss Black wheel arch extensions and wider track (+40mm)
  • i3s badge on rear tailgate
  • i3s-specific steering characteristics
  • Kidney grille, High-gloss Black with Chrome contrast edging
  • Sport suspension (10mm lower)


BMW i3s

Test Drive the BMW i3

The i3 is a practical, innovative and futuristic electric car that has many advantages when compared to regular petrol and diesel cars in this segment. It also proves that electric cars can be exciting and pleasurable to drive too, especially with exterior power offered by the i3s.

To experience the next-generation of passenger car for yourself, book a test drive at your nearest Stratstone BMW retailer today.