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$539/mo
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$622/mo
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$42,915
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124 city / 102 hwy

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2.9 (Fair)

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What you must know before buying the BMW i3

Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - October 7, 2019
  • 2019 BMW i3 is available
  • Incentive: $7,500 lease credit
  • Financing: 3.35-percent for 60 months
  • Lease: From $299 per month for 36 months

BMW’s compact electrified vehicle:

You have a choice of pure electric and range extender versions of the BMW, the latter adds a small gas generator. An extended driving range and a moonroof option rolled out way back in 2017. BMW markets this model as the i3 (94 ah).

Not all dealers carry the i3, so if you want one, you may need to place an order. Dealers that do carry the i3 are more likely to stock the Range Extender version as it offers more versatility than the electric-only model.

The latest model now includes a performance variant called the i3s. The 2019s see a boost in range to 153 miles for the standard 120Ah model and 200 miles for the range-extender model. As for the 2020s, we should see them arrive later this year.

Specials from BMW vary by region and are set to expire on October 31, 2019. For our examples, these deals cover the western states.

Your choice of models:

Lease shoppers will find a $7,500 credit applied, lowering their monthly cost. This is a built-in credit that lowers your overall costs whether you lease or finance. Check with your BMW dealer to determine eligibility.

Customers should also know that some states provide additional incentives on top of the federal tax credit. For instance, California drivers gain HOV access.

In addition, Golden State residents will find a Clean Vehicle Rebate of $2,500 or $4,500 available, depending on your income. The rebate phases out when income reaches $150,000 for single filers and $300,000 for joint filers.

Your BMW dealer has information on special offers for where you live.

The current financing deal:

BMW offers 3.35-percent APR financing for 60 months. BMW's financing offer is within the range of most competing brands.

Two leases available:

Two lease options on 2019 stock are currently in place. The first one starts at $299 per month for 36 months with $4,224 due at signing for the base model. Your monthly cost of ownership here is $416.

The second lease is on the base model with the Range Extender. It starts at $359 per month for 36 months with $4,284 due at signing. Your effective monthly cost comes in at $478.

Both lease deals have increased slightly this month, but they're still good offers.

The BMW i3 lease options include a mileage allowance of 10,000 miles per year. At the end of the lease term, you’ll pay a $350 disposition fee.

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Advertised Lease Deals

Base i3 Excellent Deal
$299Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 36
Due at signing: $4,224
Mileage: 10k
MSRP: $47,595
Deal Valid in: California
Expiration: 10/31/19
Base i3 with Range Extender Excellent Deal
$359Monthly Payment
Term Length (months): 36
Due at signing: $4,284
Mileage: 10k
MSRP: $51,445
Deal Valid in: California
Expiration: 10/31/19

This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.

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$42,915
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$622/mo
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2019 BMW i3 Overview

Matthew Pilgrim
Automotive Editor

Expert Rating

2.9 (Fair)
MPG
124 City / 102 Highway

Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

The 2019 BMW i3 is the brand’s only all-electric vehicle, and it has represented BMW’s commitment to renewable materials and clean manufacturing since its arrival in 2013. The i3 carries a unique silhouette that may be too quirky for some, but for others, it aligns with high-tech powertrain and eco-friendly focus. BMW offers a small engine for some range-relief.

What's New for 2019

The biggest update is to the battery’s performance which enables a 153-mile range. Other updates include a full suite of active safety equipment, mobile-device wireless charging, Wi-Fi, and upgraded leather on the Tera World trim. BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system and navigation are now standard equipment, while the Mega World trim gains an optional brown and gray interior color configuration and last year’s blue exterior color has been replaced with beige.

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Choosing Your BMW i3

The lithium-ion battery pack has been improved in capacity and power to 120 Ah and 42.2 kwh without increasing in physical size. The standard i3 is motivated by a 170-horsepower electric motor, while the more powerful i3s features a 181-hp motor that drops the 7.2-second zero-to-60 mph time by 0.4 seconds. BMW claims it will require 6.5 hours to recharge it from zero to 100 percent at a Level 2 (240-volt) charger.

The i3 with Range Extender model includes a two-cylinder gasoline engine to act as a generator and extends the total range to 200 miles. The i3 models are only available in rear-wheel drive.

Base

The starting price of the i3 is $45,445 (all prices include the $995 destination fee) with the standard Deka World design, which features gray cloth seats, dark trim, and blue accents on the seats, steering wheel, and exterior. The Mega World design is an additional $1,400 and brings more renewable materials into the interior as well as leather and cloth upholstery. The Giga World is $1,800 more than the base price and includes leather, a wool-cloth material, and natural wood trim. The Tera World is $2,600 more and receives additional leather material trim.

Standard features include LED headlights and brake lights, auto-dimming and power folding mirrors, 19-inch wheels, and proximity entry. The interior features a 6.5-inch infotainment screen that connects with HD radio, SiriusXM, and Apple CarPlay, while heated seats, rain-sensing wipers, and adaptive cruise control are also included.

The Technology and Driving Assistant Package is available for $2,350 and includes LED headlights with cornering lights, automatic high-beam headlights, stop and go functionality, and an upgraded navigation system with real-time traffic information. Standalone options include a moonroof for $1,000, a wireless charger and a Wi-Fi hotspot for $500, and a park assist feature for $200.

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The i3s brings more power, a performance suspension, and an increased top speed to 99 mph for an initial price of $48,645. A black roof and A-pillar, flared wheel arches, and 20-inch wheels add visual interest to the exterior. The four different designs are still available, as is the Technology and Driving Assistant Package.

Ranger Extender

The $49,295 i3 with Range Extender adds in bit of flexibility to the battery-only powertrain with its two-cylinder gasoline engine and 2.3-gallon fuel tank. It acts as a generator when the battery has nearly lost its juice. The standard and optional feature list mirror that of the battery-only i3.

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The i3s with Ranger Extender starts at $52,495. The added weight of the engine and generator reduces acceleration performance and EV range compared to the battery-only model. The features and options available on the i3s with Range Extender are the same with the i3s.

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 BMW i3 with the Giga World trim with the optional package forms the best example of alternative interior materials, advanced technology, and modern safety equipment.

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