We’ll be discovering out what a brand new i3 is wish to dwell with, together with practicality, reliability, the all-important real-world vary and the way it stacks up subsequent to a lot newer rivals. We’ll even be discovering out how the quirky little BMW stacks up as a used purchase, given how temptingly obtainable and inexpensive it now’s on used forecourts.
The largest query of all
We’ll begin with the problem of vary as a result of the query of how far a automobile goes is all the time first to come back up, notably with anybody eager about an EV for the primary time.
The BMW manages a reasonably spectacular official WLTP vary of as much as 191 miles, or extra like 182 on the 20-inch wheels of our check automobile. Spectacular as a result of it has a comparably small 37.9kWh usable battery capability, in contrast with the circa 50kWh batteries that almost all different EVs with a 200-mile vary have. The BMW manages that by being gentle, courtesy of its novel carbon-fibre tub and aluminium building that you simply’d extra historically see in supercars than superminis.
I lined 800 miles in my first week with the i3, and now – nearly three weeks after getting the keys – I’m pushing on for two,000 miles. Lots of that has been motorway stuff, and I’m seeing effectivity of three.4m/kWh. That’s a real-world vary of 129 miles, which isn’t too unhealthy provided that it’s been blustery and chilly for lots of that, and EVs are much less environment friendly in regular motorway miles.