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2015 BMW i3

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2015 Base 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $42,400
2015 Base w/Range Extender 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Hatchback Price:   -  From $46,250


Although it might not look like a proper BMW, the i3 garnered plenty of attention in its debut season for combining the brand's superior driving characteristics with fully electric propulsion. With its quick-charge capability and available range extender, the i3 appeals to the mainstream far more than its futuristic design would suggest.

What's New for 2015

The i3 receives more standard equipment for its sophomore year, including a quick-charge receptacle.

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Choosing Your BMW i3

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With its tall hatchback body and rear-hinged back doors, the i3 stands out in a crowd even before you know what's under the hood. A rear-mounted 125-kilowatt electric motor delivers 170 horsepower to the rear wheels and is paired with a single-speed automatic transmission. According to BMW, the i3 tops out at 93 mph and goes 70-110 miles on a single charge depending on your power needs and the driving mode you select (Normal, Eco Pro, Eco Pro+). The sprint from zero to 60 mph takes 6.6 seconds, about as fast as you could hope for in an electric vehicle.

Charging a fully depleted battery takes 20 hours on a conventional 110-volt household outlet, but you can cut that down to less than four hours by using a 240-volt outlet. Every i3 comes with a special receptacle for charging on a DC Quick Charger, which takes only 30 minutes. Such units can be found at public charging stations and are also available for home installation.

The i3's optional Range Extender is essentially a gas-powered generator that boosts the i3's range to 120-185 miles. You can extend the range indefinitely by keeping the 2.4-gallon tank full.

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Standard equipment emphasizes technology over luxury and includes features like a navigation system, rear parking sensors, and satellite and HD radio.

The i3 comes in three trim levels, or "Worlds" as BMW call them, which differ mainly in interior trim:

Mega: Carries heated leatherette seats with cloth inserts.

Giga: Features leather-and-wool seats, a leather dash cover, wood trim and a universal garage door opener.

Terra: Adds full leather seats with hand stitching.

There are just two option packages to choose from:

  • Parking Assistant adds a rearview camera, an automated parallel parking system, and a nifty feature that helps you find a parking spot.
  • The Technology includes all that, plus an upgraded navigation system, real-time traffic data and a suite of smartphone apps.

A handful of extra features are available separately, including 20-inch wheels and a Harman Kardon sound system.

CarsDirect Tip

The available gas-powered Range Extender transforms the i3 from a niche vehicle to a car without limitations. Yes, it costs about $4,000, but that's money very well spent in our view.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
170 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
1-spd auto
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
137 / 111 / 125 Mpge
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Horsepower/Torque
170 HP / 184 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
137 / 111 / 125 Mpge
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
Recommended Fuel Type
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
36.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
157.0 "
Exterior Width
70.0 "
Exterior Height
62.0 "
Front Headroom
39.6 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
40.5 "
Rear Legroom
31.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
53.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
49.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,860 Lbs.
Wheel Base
101 "
Turning Radius
16.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Silver Forged Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Forged Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Forged Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Front Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Cloth/leatherette / Cloth/leather / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Fm/hd/satellite, Fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock / Siriusxm Fm/hd/satellite, Fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
4 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (front Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear / Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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