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 $63,900 for the i3 (base) up to $69,900 for the i3 HYBRID. 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 i3 Reviews

Editor's Pick

BMW i3 REX 94Ah 2016 review

Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the new BMW i3 REX 94Ah with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

2017

BMW i3 94Ah BEV 2017 review

Tim Robson reviews the new BMW i3 94Ah BEV with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

BMW i3 94Ah REX 2017 review: Torquing Heads

Nikki Cousins and Peter Anderson road test and review the 94Ah version of the 2017 BMW i3 REX, with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

2016

BMW i3 94Ah REX 2016 review: snapshot

The $71,900 i3 94Ah with Range Extender sits at the top of the i3 line-up directly above the $65,900 electric-only i3 94Ah.Read more

BMW i3 94Ah 2016 review

Richard Berry road tests and reviews the BMW i3 94Ah with specs, energy consumption and verdict at its Australian launchRead more

2015

BMW i3 2015 review

Peter Anderson road tests and reviews the BMW i3 BEV with specs, energy consumption and verdict.Read more

BMW i3 REX 2015 review

Richard Blackburn gives his first report from his long-term test of the BMW i3 REX.Read more

BMW i3 2015 review

Chris Riley road tests and reviews the 2015 BMW i3 BEV with specs, fuel economy and verdict. Read more

BMW i3 2015 review

Ewan Kennedy road tests and reviews the BMW i3 REX with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

BMW i3 REX Hatchback 2015 review

Paul Gover road tests and reviews the 2015 BMW i3 range extender with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.Read more

Price Guide

$66,900

Based on Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)

Lowest Price

$63,900

Highest Price

$69,900

Range & Specifications

2017 Hatchback
(base)
MSRP
$63,900
ANCAP Rating
2017 Hatchback
HYBRID
MSRP
$69,900
ANCAP Rating

BMW i3 News

BMW charges into home battery market

24 June 2016 by Tim Robson

BMW i3 Car of the Year conks out

22 January 2015 by Joshua Dowling

Car-controlling wearables showcased at CES

9 January 2015 by Craig Duff

BMW i3 attracts older buyers

17 March 2015 by Paul Gover

BMW to introduce self-parking car tech at CES 2015

16 December 2014 by Matthew Hatton

Petrol vs electric cars | an update

17 November 2014 by Paul Gover

2014 BMW i3 | new car sales price

12 November 2014 by Matthew Hatton