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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 $68,700 for the i3 120Ah up to $69,900 for the 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 i3 Price and Specs

The price range for the BMW i3 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $68,700 and going to $69,900 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
2020 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $68,700 $69,900
2019 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $59,180 $89,990
2018 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $50,050 $65,780
2017 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $40,810 $60,390
2016 Hatchback —, Electric, 1 SP AUTO $38,280 $49,390
See All BMW i3 Pricing and Specs

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.

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BMW i3 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
2020 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
2019 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
2018 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
2017 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
2016 Hatchback 1578x1775x3999 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW i3 Dimensions

BMW i3 Wheel Size

The BMW i3 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 155x70 R19 for Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 19x5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2016 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 i3 Fuel Consumption

The BMW i3 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Electric and Hyb/PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 0.6L/100km for Hatchback /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 0.6L/100km Hyb/PULP 1 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback Hyb/PULP 1 SP AUTO
2016 Hatchback Electric 1 SP AUTO
2016 Hatchback Hyb/PULP 1 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All BMW i3 Pricing and Specs for 2020

BMW i3 Towing Capacity

The BMW i3 has no towing capacity for the last 5 years the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2019 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2017 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2016 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
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