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Product Overview

BMW i3 is an electric subcompact hatchback in production from 2013 to 2017, whereupon it received a facelift. It was powered by a 170hp electric motors with an optional 38hp tiny inline-2 engine as range extender.
More of a concept vehicle than a useful car, the i3 has a rather unconventional styling that many find ugly. It does offer a decent 0.28 coefficient of drag and rosy official fuel economy rating.
Drivers who appreciate handling should keep in mind that the BMW i3 uses MacPherson front suspension, which doesn't provide the best cornering performance.

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What we found**

Neoscore: 6% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
  • Over low official fuel consumption
  • Small turning circle
Cons
  • Can't even reach 200km/h
  • No powerful engine options
  • Miserable electric range
  • Stuck with MacPherson struts in the front
  • Questionable styling

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Specifications

Variants:
22 kWh
22 kWh + Range Extender

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
260 L / 9.2 cu-ft ~ 1100 L / 38.8 cu-ft
Fuel Capacity
9.0 L / 2.4 gal
Passengers
4
22 kWhPayload
425 kg / 937 lbs
22 kWh + Range ExtenderPayload
415 kg / 915 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Ventilated discs
Brakes | Rear
Ventilated discs
Power Steering
Electric Steering
Suspension | Front
MacPherson strut
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
22 kWhTire Size
155/70 R19
22 kWh + Range ExtenderTire Size
Front wheel tires: 155/70 R19 Rear wheel tires: 175/65 R19
Turning Circle
9.9 m / 32.3 ft

Construction

Battery | Capacity
22.0 kWh (gross) | 18.8 kWh (net)
Battery | Type
Lithium-ion
Battery | Voltage
360.0 V
22 kWhBody Style
5-door battery-electric Hatchback
22 kWh + Range ExtenderBody Style
5-door plug-in hybrid Hatchback

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
140 mm / 5.5 in
Size | Height
1578 mm / 62.1 in
Size | Length
3999 mm / 157.4 in
Size | Width
1775 mm / 69.9 in
Track Width | Front
1571.0 mm / 61.9 in
Track Width | Rear
1576.0 mm / 62.0 in
22 kWhWeight
1195.0 kg / 2634.5 lbs
22 kWh + Range ExtenderWeight
1315.0 kg / 2899.1 lbs
22 kWhWheel Size
5J x 19
22 kWh + Range ExtenderWheel Size
Front wheel rims: 5J x 19 Rear wheel rims: 5.5J x 19
Wheelbase
2570 mm / 101.2 in

Performance

22 kWhAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
7.2 sec
22 kWh + Range ExtenderAcceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
7.9 sec
22 kWhAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
6.8 sec
22 kWh + Range ExtenderAcceleration | 0 - 60 mph
7.5 sec
CO2 Emission
13 g/km
22 kWhCoefficient Of Drag
0.29
22 kWh + Range ExtenderCoefficient Of Drag
0.30
Electric Range
170.0 km / 105.6 mi
Fuel Economy
0.6 L/100km / 392.0 MPG (combined)
Top Speed
150.0 km/h / 93.2 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain Layout
Rear-engine (transverse), Rear-wheel drive
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEmission Standard
Euro 6
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEngine | Bore
79.0 mm / 3.1 in
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEngine | Compression Ratio
10.6:1
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEngine | Displacement
0.6 L / 39.5 cu-in / 647.0 cc
22 kWhEngine | Power
170 hp / 126.8 kW
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEngine | Power
38.0 hp / 28.3 kW @ 5000 rpm + 170.0 hp / 126.8 kW (electric motor)
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEngine | Specific Output
58.7 hp/L / 1.0 hp/cu-in
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEngine | Stroke
66.0 mm / 2.6 in
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEngine | Torque
56 Nm / 41.3 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm + 250 Nm / 184.4 lb-ft
22 kWh + Range ExtenderEngine | Type
Naturally-aspirated petrol inline-2 engine with 4 values per cylinder

Production

Availability
2013 ~ 2017

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