2018 BMW i3s Price Revealed, $3,200 More Than Standard i3


2018 BMW i3s

BMW has released pricing information for all versions of the 2018 i3. We’re particularly interested in the new i3s BEV and i3s REx and those prices are listed too.

Via our friends over at BMWBLOG, we can report that the 2018 BMW i3s BEV has a base price of $47,650. That’s a a $3,200 premium over the standard 2018 BMW i3.

On the range-extended front, we see that the i3s with REx checks in at a base price of $51,500, or again exactly $3,200 more than the standard 2018 i3 REx.

Pricing details via BMWBLOG below:

2018 BMW i3 Pricing

BMWBLOG points out that this information is not yet available to the public, but will be soon.

Full specs on the i3s, as well as how it compares to the standard i3, can be found here.

The entire ordering guide for the 2018 BMW i3 line can be found at the source link below.


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OK BMW – now FINALLY deliver 40kWh(120Ah) battery for I3s 🙂

The 43 kWh pack will be available mid-2018

43? i wonder what the epa range will be?

The E.P.A. range of the 33 kWh BEV model is 114 miles. So the minimum range of the 43 kWh BEV could be estimated to be (43 / 33) x 114 = 151 miles. This estimate is based on gross capacities rather than available capacities, so the actual E.P.A. range could be a bit higher, but likely less than twice the range of the 22 kWh version, 162 miles, due to the 43 kWh battery pack being heavier.



You did know 5150 is a law in the California books that allows an officer or clinician to have a citizen committed for a mental condition detrimental to himself or others, right?

That’s a lot of lettuce for a car whose capabilities fall short of it’s competition by quite a lot


*BMW i3s REX

The 43 kWh battery with the REX should really put the whole issue of running out of power on hill climbs completely and utterly to bed. Not that anybody has been talking about it since the last battery upgrade anyways.

The BEVx rules say the REX can’t come on until it is down to a certain percent of range. With the range increasing, the REX will come on sooner and shouldn’t run out of power before you reach the top of any hill on any legal roadway at legal speeds in the US.

I still think that BEVx vehicles with 150+ miles of EV range are a great solution to the current lack of super high speed charging networks for all but one car maker’s EV’s. The i3 is still highly efficient without a full size motor to drag around, and still performs great, and still never needs to wait a long time to charge on road trips.

They need a less expensive Mini built with the same drivetrain. An REX version of the Mini E they built around a decade ago. That could bring the price down to what more folks could afford.


Making a Sport edition of an i3 makes about as much sense as making a Sport edition of a Sunbeam toaster.

Unless you’ve actually been in one when it’s being spiritedly driven or trying to keep up to one I can see how you wouldn’t get it.

If you have though it’s a surprisingly quick and nimble car. Like, really surprisingly!

I personally don’t care for it overall as a whole but I’m sure it’ll sell.

I’d get one if I could afford it. I think it looks cool. And I love a nice hatchback that has good visibility. That body type is why the Golf has been so successful. Tight packaging, great visibility, good performance, and great room. But it’s a bit pricey indeed. However BMW isn’t going to go down market for branding reasons. I think most people figure it should be 10 grand less which might be true but BMW is selling every one they have capacity for these days it seems. They said once they have capacity for about 30,000 per year from a carbon fiber perspective and that’s about the pace worldwide.

I realize everyone else thinks they are ugly and overpriced. I think they are cool and priced about right just not in my affordability range.

“I realize everyone else thinks they are ugly and overpriced.”

Presumably most people who actually buy them, don’t think so. It certainly is a strange looking car, but whether it’s ugly, beautiful, or something in between, is a matter of personal taste.

That’s exactly what someone that thinks this car is ugly would say…

I am looking at off-lease ones with the rex and 2014s come in at 15-20k. I like the option of a later battery upgrade from 24 to 33kWh. I’ll probably wait until BMW announces, if the 43kWh battery will also be an upgrade option for the 24kWh version. I currently drive a MiEV with about 75k miles in 4 years and 2 months. If my battery wouldn’t fail and the Mitsu warranty wouldn’t suck so much, I wouldn’t look at any replacement. Here is me hoping for a completely failed pack before 100k miles. Sad.

Have you ‘lost any bars’ on the i-MiEV yet, or doesn’t it work like that?

I haven’t lost any bars. I understand this is due to the readjustment of the system every time I drive to the turtle mode or close to it. It happens about 3-4 times a month now. Until aumn last year I had 85-90mi in the warmer months and about 50-55mi in winter. That was true for last winter too but never came back afterwards. I have now 50-60mi with gentle driving – I usually have 4.5-5.2mi/kwh on my daily drive to/from work. Each way is about 35mi with about 10mi in HOV lanes in the DC-area. Luckily I can charge Level 2 at work for free.

Prettier than any standard SUV, though.
And those sell pretty well.

But, again, you’ve got to look at the lease cost. A good BMW salesperson, knows all the available discounts that BMW offers.

It’s not! You just got used to yours.

BMW actually is going down market, though. In ICE vehicles, they have several models coming out on both sides of the pond that are based on their FWD Mini platform.

Naturally, this is anathema to the die hard Beemer fans. Imagine BMW trying to convince the public that FWD = the “Ultimate Driving Machine”. Also, that a FWD Mini, marketed as a BMW is worth BMW money.

Mercedes has gone down market over the years. At times it was ugly. We remember that 4 cylinder hatch they marketed here back in the ’90s. I sat in one and remember shaking my head at the hard plasticky interior.

I’ve been in one when a BMW rep (not salesman) was driving it like he stole it.

It accelerates quickly. And that’s about it. The narrow tires mean it doesn’t actually handle shockingly well.

Keeping up with it wouldn’t be a chore as long as you drive what you’re in like you stole it too.

“The narrow tires mean it doesn’t actually handle shockingly well.”

The i3S is addressing the tire issue by having at least slightly wider tires and track. It still won’t be a great track car but it will help.

“Keeping up with it wouldn’t be a chore as long as you drive what you’re in like you stole it too.”

The difference is that you can drive the i3s like you stole it every single day of the week and you won’t rag it out like you will if you drive any ICV like you stole it all the time.

With an ICV every time you make a decision to put the hammer down in the back of your mind you can’t help think of the wear that is happening under the hood. It takes some of the joy out of joy riding.

There’s not a lot of reason to think an ICE car can’t last under heavy use when an EV can.

And I wasn’t talking about ICE cars anyway. I don’t know if you had noticed but the i3 isn’t particularly fast even for an EV. It’s got good scoot at low speeds but what EV doesn’t?

Shouldn’t be hard to keep up with an i3 in a Bolt. Both will overdrive their tires handily but you’ll just have to deal with it in both cars.

HaHa! I thought that was a pretty good one.

I disagree, a sport version of a car like the i3 is exactly what many buyers, myself included, want.

My complaint is I have a tall torso (I am 6’1″, but my torso is more like that of an average 6’5″ person) so most actual sports cars don’t have nearly enough headroom.

Secondly, even if a person doesn’t have headroom issues in a regular sports car, they have practical issues with them. The BMW i3 is a very practical compact car. By making it sporty it gives me a reason to buy it over something else.

Jerez!! Ford that price I’d rather get a Bolt and a slightly used second hand Volt (or one Model 3 if my 150,000 production spot is available before 2019)

That is cheap.

Missed opportunity, the i3 is overpriced as it is. They should’ve priced it the MSRP of the outgoing model year and lowered the price of the regular i3 by $3200.

As much as I like the i3, and BMW’s engineering, the pricing leaves me feeling it was always meant to be a CARB compliance car.

It’s a lease-mobile.

And a fun one!

“Lease mobile” is the i3 value win now, and at least for next year!

Personally, I would have thought the biggest hint was that they made the car worse for the sole purpose of getting CARB credits.

Instead of taking PHEV credits for the car they voluntarily made it worse by delaying range extender deployment until the car has so little remaining power reserve that it hurts the performance of the vehicle. This got them BEx (ZEV) CARB credits. And nothing else. It didn’t change the federal rebate. It didn’t even get them a white sticker. It just got them CARB credits.

It’s not just a CARB compliance car, but I wish it weren’t a compliance car at all. It’s the 2nd from-scratch EV made in the 21st century but they still aimed it at fulfilling mandates instead of broadening the customer base (at least, not much).

So probably about $75 more a month to lease than the base model. I will take it. The i3 is outselling the eGolf, so not so bad. Plus I think it is wise to keep the price higher and demand low enough to stretch out the Federal credit. My current i3 lease ends this month, wish I didn’t have to wait months for the i3s.Nother sure if I can resist the tempration on a closeout 2017.

The 2018 competitive landscape (leaf2, model3, e-golf, ampera-e) will make BMW realize the error of their way. There won’t be enough die-hard fans to soak up 30k per year.

BMW can sell every single one they make.

Yep. Just don’t make very many, and you can sell every one of ’em.

They are not selling well period now 3500 more for the S? Good luck. Mine goes back in two weeks. It’s $7500 upside down. Good luck at auction. Tesla for my next car

The price is coming close to Tesla Model S.
They just need another upgrade – bigger battery – and it will be more expensive than a Model S.
They are trying to squeez so much money out of this product, well like they always do.

Is it really $20k better than the LEAF? Or are we seriously expected to pay $20k for a BMW badge?


I think the issue is BMW spent a lot of money on features that people might not be willing to pay much extra for. Like the carbon fiber (CFRP) body.

It is hard to just drop the price without annoying previous users, and you also couldn’t easily switch from CFRP to steel to cut costs since it was designed with CFRP in mind.

And has the carbon fibre actually made that much difference? All the EV’s with similar sized batteries appear to get around the same range regardless the body style.
i3 23kWh = 81mi
Leaf 24kWh = 84mi
Ionia 28kWh = 124mi (proving efficiency in the drive train beats carbon fibre weight)
eGolf 26kWh? = 81mi

Generally speaking, 25kWh gets you about 85mi range. Carbon fibre and aerodynamics seems to play small part overall. Gearing and efficiency play a bigger part, so it would seem.

When is BMW going to put those wonderful tires on a m3?? Answer; Never.

This completely answers the question of “is BMW really diving head first into the EV revolution” — and the answer is a big NO.

Seriously – who would pay that much for a car that is only slightly more capable than the new Leaf or Bolt? And I don’t even want to dive into Model 3 territory — different league altogether.

I have said there will be causalities in the auto world – my bet is 1 in 3 traditional ICE makes will not survive the shift to EVs. I wonder if BMW will be that German 1 in 3? Write down Fiat/Chrystler and Mazda for sure. Honda maybe as well. Ford and Toyota – if they do not wake up soon — may be on the list as well.

BMW try again; this facelift is like “putting lipstick on a pig”.
No one wants this “clown car”. You get an “A” for effort and “F” for achievement.

The i3 is surprising more efficient than a Tesla and it’s range extension option (REX) is great idea. But, this car is ugly, too expensive and the rear doors are annoying (especially if you have a kids)

Yet they’ve sold 100,000 of them already. How many EV models have sold more than 100,000? It’s a VERY short list.

I certainly admire a lot of the engineering that went into the i3 but the look is too polarizing and the back seat access is too constrained for this car to go mainstream. In this context “mainstream” refers to something like BMW 3 series volume. I think BMW i3 engineering + BMW X3 styling and form factor could be a potent combination. Will see if BMW management is willing to go in that direction.

My 2014 i3 with Rex option for $27,500 (one year lease return) is the BEST car I have ever owned !!! Love the rear coach doors which allow for quick access to the rear seats!

…..that drives for FREE (with all the free chargers in my area) !!!!!

Can’t wait for the 150 range + Rex Option to arrive!

WARNING I hate my $50,000 BMW i3. Full charge in the winter = (56-49) miles now take half that 29-25 miles one way and they amount back home. 7 hours for a Full charge. Never again will United BMW of Roswell Sucker me in. People do your home work. Because I didn’t. PS if you use the AC OR Heat or Navigation it will take away from your mileage.

OMG Google BMW i3 20 inch tires What a rip off. These tires come from the factory with 7/32 of tread on them. Each tire is $200+ and will need to be replaced in about every 16000 miles No Joke. Do Your Home Work. Buyers beware SMH BMW you should be ashamed