Instant acceleration; tidy handling; high-tech cabin.
Inconvenient rear passenger doors; pricier than some rivals.
Upgraded lithium-ion batteries extends potential range to 153 miles. The infotainment system also receives an update, while the options list now includes LED headlamps with automatic high beams and cornering lights, wireless charging and Wi-Fi connectivity for 10 devices. See the 2019 BMW i3 models for sale near you
Is a range-extended version really necessary? Now the battery-only version can cover 153 miles, that might be sufficient. Now with an all-electric range of 153 miles, the 2019 BMW i3 premium compact hatchback remains a credible contender in the eco-car world. Find a BMW i3 for sale
The 2019 BMW i3 is a 4-seater hatchback that comes in straight-ahead form ($45,445), range-extended REx form ($49,295) and the sportier i3s variants ($48,645, or $52,495 with the range extender).
The i3s comes with 20-inch wheels with wider tires, stiffer suspension, and a Sport setting within the selectable driving modes.
Then there are Deka World, Mega World, Giga World and Tera World sub-trims.
The Deka World trim level has cloth upholstery, 19-in alloy wheels, full LED headlights/taillights, onboard DC fast charger, heated front seats, automatic climate control, heated/power-folding side mirrors, self-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in display, navigation, USB port and HD/satellite radio.
Mega World has simulated leather upholstery and its navigation system is augmented by real-time traffic information. Giga World adds different 19-in wheels, a sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, leather/wool interior trim and a universal garage door opener. Tera World has its own design of 19-in wheels and a full leather interior with textile accents.
A Technology and Driving Assistant package is optional on all versions. It includes navigation, adaptive cruise control and a forward-collision warning system with automatic braking.
Additional options include a sunroof, front parking sensors, parking assistance (self-steering; not available in the i3s), Apple CarPlay, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system and blue seat belts in the i3s.
Cargo space behind the rear seats measures 15.1 cu ft. and 36.9 cu ft. with those seats folded down. That's not bad for a compact hatchback, but the Volkswagen e-Golf (for example) gives significantly more: 22.8/52.7 cu ft.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV -- Less spacious than the i3 and not as high-class, but with a remarkable range of 238 miles.
2019 Tesla Model 3 -- An attractive premium compact sedan that starts at $35,000 and can cover 220 miles.
Electric cars are still relatively novel, so there isn't a healthy used market right now. A pre-owned Tesla Model S would still be more expensive than a new i3.