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BMW i3 94Ah REX 2016 review: snapshot

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EXPERT RATING
8.0

Likes

  • Extended range.
  • Alien looks.
  • Carbon-fibre structure.

Dislikes

  • Charging times.
  • Having to burn petrol to go further.

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.

The i3 94Ah comes standard with a 10.25-inch screen, sat nav, digital radio, rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic parking and 19-inch alloys wheels.

The 94Ah variant also comes with DC charging capability (this is an option on the 60Ah) and that means it can use the faster direct current chargers which will be more common in the future.

The i3 60Ah went on sale in Australia in 2014 and in October 2016 the 94Ah variant arrived with a higher capacity battery that can provide a longer range. The 60Ah variant will eventually be phased out of the line-up.

The 94Ah battery produces 27kWh of usable energy and has a real-world range of 200km. A 125kW/250Nm electric motor is located at the rear axle and drives the back wheels through a single speed automatic transmission.

A 650cc two-cylinder petrol engine powers a generator which produces electricity to top up the battery and will give the i3 an extra 130km off the nine-litre fuel tank for a total range of 230km.

Click here to see more 2016 BMW i3 pricing and spec info.

BMW I3 2016:

Safety Rating
Engine Type 0.0L
Fuel Type Electric
Fuel Efficiency 0.0L/100km (combined)
Seating 5
Price From $30,250 - $36,410

Range and Specs

Vehicle Specs Price*
i3 Base Electric, 1 SPEED AUTOMATIC $30,250 - $36,410
i3 Hybrid Unleaded Petrol/Electric, 1 SPEED AUTOMATIC $33,440 - $39,820
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*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
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