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BMW i3

BMW touts its i3 as the first car built from the ground up around a fully electric drivetrain, but a number of factors hold the clever small car back in Australia.

Built around a revolutionary carbon composite passenger cell and aluminum driveline platform, the four-seat, four-door i3 is powered by a 125kW electric motor sitting between the rear wheels. An optional 650cc petrol engine can be fitted to charge the i3's battery, but it's not connected to the drive wheels. With this extender, the i3's range grows from 150km to 300km.

Price ranges from $70,900 for the i Series i3 S 120AH up to $70,900 for the i Series I3 S 120AH. The lack of a charging network has kept a lid on i3 sales, while a lack of support from state and federal governments in offering incentives for EV buyers has not helped, either.

BMW i Series Models Price and Specs

The price range for the BMW i Series varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $54,900 and going to $316,030 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $54,900 $70,730
2021 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $70,900 $70,900
2021 Coupe 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $228,500 $288,860
2021 Convertible 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $250,000 $316,030
2020 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $54,900 $70,730
2020 Coupe 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $228,500 $288,860
2020 Convertible 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $250,000 $316,030
2019 Coupe 1.5L, Hyb/PULP, 6 SP AUTO $256,080
2019 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $47,200 $61,050
2019 Convertible 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $221,600 $280,170
2018 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $41,100 $60,390
2018 Coupe 1.5L, Hyb/PULP, 6 SP AUTO $153,500 $235,070
2018 Convertible 1.5L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $203,400 $257,180
2017 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $34,800 $56,870
2017 Coupe 1.5L, Hyb/PULP, 6 SP AUTO $138,300 $174,900
See All BMW i Series Pricing and Specs

BMW I3 Interior

BMW I3 Colours

  • Imperial Blue
  • Jucaro Beige
  • Melbourne Red
  • Mineral Grey
  • Capparis White
  • Fluid Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

BMW I3 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the BMW I3 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Range rating for electric cars?

    We're at the dawn of the electric era and waiting for an official global standard. It's not about charging the batteries but the range you get for the charge. A simple standard is being developed in Europe. I can recall the confusion when we switched away from the imperial miles per gallon standard in Australia - the economy number got smaller instead of larger when expressed in L/100 km.

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BMW i Series Dimensions

The dimensions of the BMW I3 Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
2020 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
2019 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
2018 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
2017 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW I3 Dimensions

BMW I3 Seats

The following BMW i3 is available with four seats. The i3 and i3s come with the choice between cloth, cloth/Sensatec combination, climate regulating wool cloth or leather upholstery.

BMW I3 Seats
Shown above are seat details for the BMW I3 2019.

BMW i Series Wheel Size

The BMW I3 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 175x55 R20 for Hatchback in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Hatchback 175x55 R20 195x50 R20
2020 Hatchback 155x70 R19 19x5 inches 175x60 R19 19x5.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 155x70 R19 19x5 inches 175x60 R19 19x5.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 155x70 R19 19x5 inches 175x60 R19 19x5.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 155x70 R19 19x5 inches 175x60 R19 19x5.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW I3 Wheel Sizes

BMW i Series Fuel Consumption

The BMW I3 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Electric fuel type(s).

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All BMW I3 Pricing and Specs for 2021