One Key Way In Which 2019 BMW i3 Is Seriously Underrated

NOV 12 2018 BY DOMENICK YONEY 84

Still needs to become a better value to revive sales.

The BMW i3 remains a controversial car years after it first went into production. Its exterior styling is polarizing (this writer likes it) and the $44,450 starting price for the all-electric version — the version with the range extender starts at $48,300 in the U.S. — is a bit of an ask for a car with only a 33.2 kWh battery and 114 miles of EPA-rated range. Still, Slash Gear thinks at least one aspect of it is underrated.

For the publication, the i3’s sustaining allure comes down to its award-winning cabin. Noting its rear suicide doors and lack of a B-pillar, it says even entering the car is easier than most others. Once inside, everything is a refreshing change from the interiors of competitors. The choice of materials is rather unique, what with recycled plastics being used in the cloth covering the seats, leather tanned using oil leaves, and the inclusion of things like hemp and kenaf. And then there’s the dash.

It was, especially when it was first introduced, a huge departure from tradition. The wood dashboard flows across its top, echoing a Scandinavian aesthetic while its two screens float in negative space. It is, to many, extremely attractive. But, is it enough.

Historical sales numbers would suggest, coldly, that it is not. Having hit all-time highs of 11,024 units in 2015, its U.S. sales have eroded despite it gaining a bigger battery and other improvements over that time. It’s not out of the game yet, of course. It still finds a home with an average of 500 families a month now in 2018, and next year’s larger 42.2 kWh battery (which we hear started production today and will probably return somewhere 153 miles of EPA-rated range) should help its value proposition if the price doesn’t creep upward too much.

It’s clear, though, that without a complete rethink and makeover, it will continue to be dominated by the Tesla Model 3 in the market. That mid-size sedan also features a minimalistic interior and offers a lot more miles of range per purchase dollar. The fact that the California car is on track to sell as many as 14 times the number of units in the U.S. is telling.

Still, we are glad the i3 exists and that there is a choice for those who, for whatever reason, prefer it over the competition. We only hope the brand continues to bring this sort of freshness and design verve to its future electric vehicles.

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84 Comments on "One Key Way In Which 2019 BMW i3 Is Seriously Underrated"

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Taylor Marks

Costs about as much as a Model 3 Mid-Range while giving you less than half as many miles, lower efficiency, no frunk, no OTA software updates, no autonomous capabilities, no charging network, and no performance.

Why would anyone ever buy this hunk of garbage?

Also, you have to find the photo gallery and scroll through to find actual pictures of the interior, and holy crap, for something you want to talk up, that thing has been beaten with an ugly stick, inside and out.

Not clear to me, is it a four seater or a five seater?

m01

Four. However, you should consider it was brought to market in 2013, when it was actually competitive. But then they somehow lost confidence in EVs, which is the reason the i3 is basically still the same car as in 2013. Except for the bigger battery.

dan

The Tesla model S from 2012 is more or less the same car with some facelift. That is exactly what has happened with the i3 and its facelift. Battery capacity in the i3 has gone up by 100% in that time period, which is more than in the S. You wouldn’t say that Tesla gave up on EVs because the model S hasn’t been refreshed. The typical automaker builds out a car for close to 7 years to recoup costs. Why is it strange that the 2018 i3 is part of the same generation as the 2013?

Brian

Tesla is six years ahead of BMW in EVs. Can’t really compare. I would like a used BMW i3 for a commuter just haven’t got over the $15k.

wavelet

Putting aside handling, the i3 was never competitive a.f.a. range or passenger/cargo space went in terms of value proposition. All other EVs anywhere near its price were and are 4.5- or 5-person vehicles (the i-MiEV (and rebadgings), e-Up and Smart ForFour were/are much cheaper).
The upcoming battery upgrade doesn’t change that. The 39kWh Ioniq EV will be a 180-190mi EPA car, for much cheaper.

REXisKing

The value of an i3 is in the drive experience, as all BMW’s are.
No one buys a BMW for utility.

James
Sorry to have to remind you the i3 is no “Ultimate Driving Machine”. It never was. Autocar ran it around the same track on the same day as a $17,000 Suzuki hot hatch 4 cylinder tin can. The Suzuki beat the i3 by EIGHT SECONDS! For those not in the know, eight seconds is an eternity in racing. Nimbleness. At slow speeds, the i3 feels zippy or darty depending on your perspective. It’s narrow tall wheels and tall form make it horrible on center, reviewers saying it needs care and attention to keep it centered in highway drives, especially as most roads are crowned for drainage. Not relaxing. This leads to crosswinds. Every i3 owner here knows the feeling of trying to keep the car in lane while dealing with strong crosswinds. Ever drive a Volkswagen Beetle on the freeway for miles and miles while grappling with crosswinds? If so, you know what driving an i3 feels like. Apologists for BMW defend this car because they bought into BMW advertising slogans. As a car, it isn’t very good. As an electric car, it’s far overpriced and the CFRP carbon composite and plastic body parts are only efficient for BMW, not… Read more »
Jack W Cox

Seriously – NOBODY buys these for $43-53k unless they got ripped off. You can buy them (including all discounts/tax and other rebates) for $25-30k!

That’s the best deal in EVs!

Will

39 KWH IONIQ is pipedreams

tester

i3 leasee here. It’s a 4 seater.

You are entirely correct on your objective comparisons with the Model 3. On the subjective aspects, I agree the exterior is not good, but disagree on the interior. Model 3 is the probably the only other car even comparable with the i3 interior.

The reason why anyone would buy it is what you actually pay in reality. For example, I’m paying less than $200/mo *with zero money down*. So while I’d certainly prefer a Model 3 at the same price, the reality is the i3 is MUCH less costly.

Mark.ca

Exactly! The cheap leases make this something to consider over TM3…which doesn’t even have a lease offer at this time.

James

Or, you could just own a car, not rent one for three years.

LEAF, with It’s air-cooled battery pack and one-time fast charge then done limitations make it a lease decision for most. BMW i3 is the same. Kind of a throw away since resale values of these models very poor.

Are EVs 3 year rental cars? Some are. Flooding the used car market with dirt cheap, half used up 70 mile EVs is a black eye for the niche. Make 300 mile EVs that hold their value (pretty much Tesla only) and EVs gain the respect in the marketplace they truly deserve.

Eco

Why would I own a car when my employer provides me with a lease budget. I budget which easily accomodates the i3s with all options I now drive. For comparison: with all tax advantages to leasing electric taken into account it costs me about €25 more a month compared to an ICE Fiat 500 with all options.

The i3s is a much better car than a Fiat 500!

Lou Grinzo

Whoa — you’re suggesting that we take into account not just features but the price, as well??? Where on earth did you get that radical concept???

Please forgive my snark. I sometimes get tired of the “buy this car instead of that one for $30,000 more because its coefficient of drag is 1% lower” crowd in various places online.

Tom

Why would anybody buy a Chevy Malibu instead of an S Class Mercedes. I mean really…the Mercedes is so much better. I suppose you also think that different people have different tastes or even that they don’t need to own the fastest car on the planet. Ludicrous.

rey

Except everybody will probably buy the Mod 3 vs the i3 will be leased ,the mod 3 will have RESALE value the i3 is money down the drain,( you don’t get money back from renting)

Lawrence Rhodes

Any chance you can let us in on the deal you got on your i3? My lease to buy Nissan Leaf is 215 per month for three years, including maintenance. 9,500 buy back at lease end. 3 grand from State of California and PG&E. Of course Nissan got our tax credit. That is a total price after the lease is over of $13,550. Is your i3 that good. My leaf is a 2016 with a 30kw battery. We usually get up to 135 miles with the wind to our back.

Jack W

And you can own it for similar money. This one also has the best battery TMS on the market. These batteries will likely be still giving full-range for a decade.

Madda

There are some pretty good lease deals for the i3 making it more affordable. I don’t think you can lease a Model 3 for 300 bucks per month. And I guess some people like it for what it is, a small city car that’s pacey and easy to maneuver.

James

“Pacey”? Never heard a car described by that word before…

If you meant to say racey…There is nothing racey about the i3.

3laine

“Costs about as much as a Model 3 Mid-Range”

To be fair, this is generally only true if you’re comparing MSRP and not actual cost to own. The i3 has had many available discounts and lease deals making it much cheaper to own than the MSRP would indicate.

“no frunk”

Yes, it has a frunk.

“no autonomous capabilities”

Euro versions have “Traffic Jam Assist” that controls accelerator, brake, and steering up to 37mph. This can be added, unofficially in US versions.

“no charging network”

I’ve driven mine all over the Southeast US (1,500+ mile trip) without any issues, using just a small amount of gas to occasionally get me to the next charger. By next year, Electrify America will be far enough along that I wouldn’t have needed any.

“no performance.”

BEVs have been tested as low as 6.3s 0-60. Not that far off the SR’s estimated 5.6s.

_____

Teslas have plenty of legitimate advantages, so there’s no need to exaggerate the i3’s disadvantages.

Troy

yeah, just about every BEV on the road has objectively great accel performance.

Not quite “plaid mode”, but grow up already.

Alex

I think you’re missing a few aspects, still you have a point… But now imagine when BMW starts to make interesting EVs…

REXisKing

Interesting to see what the i4 will be like. It’s got the looks.

Brian

I think the i4 looks really bad. I’d take a Kia over it.

alohart

We happily bought “this hunk of garbage” in 2014 and still enjoy it.

For those of us who prefer the cargo carrying ability of a hatchback, who want to drive a very compact, light maneuverable EV, who don’t need a 5-passenger capacity, who don’t want a car that can rust (we live in a salty, humid environment), and who don’t care about 0-60 acceleration and the additional weight required to strengthen the drivetrain accordingly, the i3 is the only EV that meets our preferences.

When (if) Tesla ever sells a compact, lightweight hatchback, I’ll be interested. Tesla definitely crushes BMW in its software prowess, but I’m not about to buy a car that isn’t ideal for us just because it is made by Tesla.

REXisKing
-Go to Lease Hacker dot com and get the actual price dealers are willing to lease an i3 for. -Excellent easy keyless entry. -Nice leather steering wheel. -Excellent height, visibility and driving position. -Ease of entry and exit, CUV seating height and visibility. -A city car, in that it’s highly maneuverable, nimble and quick. -Surprisingly stable with the wheels positioned at the extreme’s fo the car. -Excellent BMW suspension and ride. -A good, nicely formed seat. -Excellent visibility of driving controls. -All touch points leather. -Electric torque instantly, beats gas engines all the time, if you choose to drive it so. -Huge relief to find city parking, and have a car with good comfort and headroom for 4 adults. -Nice automatic parallel parking, faster than most humans. -Torque. Climb hills, accelerate up hills at your pleasure and discretion. So, Tesla Model 3 beats it hands down on the highway and with range. But, 120 miles of real range meets my needs when I typically drive less than 40 miles a day, and can recharge at home. The Genuis REX that allows you to skip charging stations that are: offline, broken, ICE’d or Full. Fun to drive, excellent ride, great visibility… Read more »
REXisKing

The i3 efficiency is just as good as the Model 3 efficiency.
Not Tesla performance, but, 0-60 in less than 7 seconds is pretty good, especially with the instant torque. As you surely know. It beats most cars to 40 mph.

Brian

2+2 seater.

Jeff Laurence

That’s a little harsh. It’s performance is really quite good and it’s style is, ahh, controversial (?) the interior is very nice and it’s small on the outside yet pretty roomy on the inside. Yes, it’s expensive for the milage it supplies but that isn’t the sole criteria for many people. There is room for many different solutions to whatever your needs may be.

Will

mum has this car. She thinks it looks cute, she likes the way it drives, she loves the spacious interior, and the range suits our needs perfectly.

You’re just coming across as a colossally tactless douchebag the way you completely disregard other people’s feelings and slam this car. Please remember your opinion is your own and you don’t need to force-feed it down other people’s throats until they choke on your negativity.

Johan M

LOL, I’d NEVER switch my i3 with a Model 3, that’s for sure. TM3 is boring compared to the i3. I have an i3 and also a Model S (as we have 3 kids) and know how crap the Tesla interior is even compared to the i3 (not to mention the likes of 5 series, X3 etc). Can’t wait to replace my Model S with a 5 seater BMW BEV (e.g. the iX3 looks very promising!)

rey

51 down votes a lot of BMW fans i guess ,I saw one up close looks like a GLORIFIED “GOLF CART” ,like the “IKEA THEME” tho, my prediction ? in 10 years all cars will look like mod 3 interiors,with mostly buttons going the way of DoDo birds and replaced by tablet like controls pioneered by Tesla, a tablet is going to cost a lot cheaper than dozens of buttons and myriads of wires (Analogue vs Digital)

Jack W

Jeez – at least write a well reasoned and thoughtful comment – this car is certainly no glorified golf cart.

Jack W Cox

See my other post. It costs much less than a model 3 midrange. It is far from a hunk of garbage.

Will

Will buy it on used market

m01

They did one of the most advanced, ecological but also strange looking cars of automotive history. And then… they gave up.

g1

This basically. We got another one on lease because the economics were pretty good for us and as we live in a city the parking advantage of these things is too crazy to give up.

REXisKing

Why this car isn’t selling 1000’s a month is a mystery.
Of course, you have to actually drive it to ask that question.

Brian

I leased a Leaf SV for 3 years which I thoroughly enjoyed. After the lease I test drove a i3, Fiat 500e and an eGolf with thought of purchasing a used one. The eGolf drove the best but at $15k I felt the range and battery longevity didn’t make it a good proposition. The i3 had the nice airy cabin but didn’t drive any better in my opinion then the other 3 cars. Ultimately, all four cars we priced so that taking a risk on the battery life wasn’t worth their asking price. The best option I believe is to lease the car that’s being discounted the most and wait for better newer models to come out in two or three years. I’m still considering a Model 3 SR.

James

It’s not.

1000s?!!!

You must also love fake news.

Not to sound harsh, sorry about that. Just hoping you check your facts before you type incorrect info.

I3 sales have never been good. It’s just now they are very bad.

It’s a lease machine and It’s been subsidized in states like California by public utilities and even then takers are few.

BMW isn’t serious yet about electrification. They better get so soon or Tesla will be their Google to BMW’s AoL.

Lil JJ

The most seriously underrated feature is that the leases are cheap, cheap cheap. You save even moore after the EV rebates too.

Wake me up when I can lease a Model 3 for 3000 down and 250/month lmao

Mark.ca

Sleep tight!

REXisKing

Not only that, but the electric drive pays for up to 6 of your monthly lease payments. If you get a good electric rate.

Mint

BMW is definitely losing money on those leases. That’s $12k over 3 years, plus the $7500 tax credit, and then a resale value of what, $12k in 2021? Minus whatever the dealer pockets?

Probably less than $30k going to BMW for a car with an MSRP of $44k.

Ice Man

They take a loss on hybrids and EV’s and make it all back on their gas guzzling M cars and SUV’s 🙂

Good business model tbh.

John Doe
It as a good chance BMW can manufacture this vehicle fairly cheap now. If you check out the manufacturing of the i3 on YouTube – you will see almost less people working then in your local subway. The factory use wind and solar energy for power, and get tax incentives from the government because of it. It has been in production for several years, and they have probably covered most of the cost for manufacturing equipment/tooling and development (which I expect was very high for this model). Over time, they get more volume benefits. Some of the tech they used in this car, is used in their largest sedans as well . The more they make, the cheaper they can sell them, and maybe even get a profit. They deliver batteries and drive units to other manufacturers, and may get a minor advantage due to higher volumes bacause of it. They should probably continue to make this vehicle for the next 5-8 years time. Just upgrade batteries when more energy dense batteries hit the market. The new EVs from BMW will not directly compete with this model. If they wanted to – they could have gone for a much cheaper… Read more »
rey

BMW sold their stake in the Carbon Fiber co. so that low cost CF has sailed and BMW will not be making CF cars in mass in the future like the i3. the i3 is not exactly cheap either.

James

This is true and something many BMW fans missed.

No more carbon fiber structures for you. It turned out to be too expensive.

BMW sold their stake in SGL, the carbon fiber company that built It’s factory in Washington State.

There will still be small carbon fiber parts in some higher priced BMWs, but a tiny percentage compared to i8 and i3.

rey

Can you spell Compliance car?

Troy

yeah my 2015 and 2018 Leaf Ss are nothing but low-grade Versas on the inside, but @ $6000+ under MSRP and 0% NMAC financing for my cross-town daily driver I’ll look for other ways to spice up my life with the savings I got vs. the much-nicer Tesla, BMW BEV alternatives.

REXisKing

As someone who’s driven a car for 10 years with a torsion beam rear suspension, I wouldn’t consider a Leaf or a Bolt. GM and Nissan knew what they were doing to limit sales.

But, I’m happy you’re happy with the Leaf.
As an older driver, I wanted the smoothness, nimbleness, power, and tranquility of an EV before I die. And I drive often into cities.

aj

Its a great car but really then it was competing against Nissan Leaf! Most people in 2015 also favored i3 because of rex or TMS and BMW swayed more folks when they announced that i3 will be compatible with future upgraded battery packs; that was a huge deal for many!

REXisKing

It also competes against the Prius Prime Advanced. It’s no question 300% better in all categories versus the Advanced. And if you compare lease to lease, it’s often cheaper.

Jack W Cox

Cheaper as a buy too…

John Doe
Had one as a company car for a good while now. I’ve had no problems at all. It just works, and is quick in the city.. and compared to the other company car I drive – this does 0-100 km/h in 1/3 of the time. . So plenty quick. Love the firm ride, and it is easy to get around in tight places. The 5 year maintenance package BMW offers cost less then a single oil and filter change in the gasser. I an used to the way it looks, and I like it now. Still no i8 of course 😊. I like the interior, and how it is made, materials used and no emissions from the factory. I charge 99% of the time at work. When I start in the morning it has the correct temperature. In Norway charging is in general no problem anyway. Free charging outside most public buildings, outside companies, block heater outlets everywhere, and grosery stores are usually fitted with a semi fast charger as well. If I had to pay for it myself, I may have opted for a Zoe, but being used to this – the Zoe feels just too cheap. Less comfort,… Read more »
Bloggin

The i3 is BMWs successful effort to un-market their EV. Ugly body design with unacceptably low EV range = very low demand. And this worked for BMW because they did not have battery or production capacity to produce a desirable EV in volume. This is BMWs compliance EV with built in limitations. Seriously nothing could miss it’s mark in every category without concentrated effort to do so.

If BMW wanted a successful EV they would have offered a purpose built Mini Clubman EV with 200+ miles of range, instead of wasting development and production dollars on the highly undesirable i3.

Sustainable2020

You are correct logginthat the i3 is obviously a compliance car but it isvery good in nearly every objective category except range. And if the bolt wasn’t around the i3 would be getting much more sales the last couple years cause the leaf design is too limited still…no telescopic steering wheel n battery temp regulation problems for examples.

BMW has improved the i3 a bit and improved the battery size n range a great deal. The problem is that the i3 range was way too low to start with and BMW knows that many, if not most, Americans today will not even consider a bev with less than 200 miles of range. So 150 miles is better than low 80s for range but still inadequate compared to the competition like the bolt, LR leaf, Kona EV, niro ev, model 3, etc. BMW missed the boat again with this i3 battery upgrade and is left wading in the wake of growing number of value bevs w/ 200+ miles of range.

John Doe

Kona and Niro will have really low production volumes. They have stopped taking pre orders in Norway when they reached 6200.. !
They will deliver 100 this year, expect to deliver 2000 in 2019, and hopefulle offer the remaining 4100 people a car by the end of 2020 at the earliest!

yo

One giant way the i3 is underrated is rust…
Or the lack thereof in places that get snow and salt the roads…

Jason

It’s a BMW, you pay a premium for luxury brands, no doubt about that. Now the Carbon Fibre frame really hasn’t made that much of a difference, they could change that to steel and drop the price accordingly.

John Doe

And get a heavier car, and a car that rust. No thanks.
Just let cheaper brands make cheaper cars.

REXisKing

As the i3 weighs around 3000 lbs, the aluminum battery frame, and the carbon fiber body means that BMW gets good performance from a smaller electric motor and a smaller battery.

TJKR

Model 3 has made this car and all other EV’s with less than 200 miles of range obsolete. Drop the mic.

tjr

First: i3 is a over 10%+ more efficient in the city than the M3 despite its age! Second: the i3 just got an upgrade to a 42kwh battery bringing it rather close to the entry M3 in terms of city range. Third: for a city car it does not make much sense to have over 200 miles of range. But if you really need it, check out the i3 with 100kwh battery and 435 miles of range: https://electrek.co/2018/09/07/bmw-i3-100-kwh-battery-pack-lion-smart/. Well, ok, the is only tech demo car. But please don’t claim they couldn’t do it if they wanted it. This battery tech simply dwarves Tesla’s…
The i3 is overall the much better city car than the M3 despite its age, because it is a lot more compact without sacrificing too much interior space. It is very much underrated in the US. But in Europe it easily outsells Model S and X these days. Of course you would lease the car rather than buy it. And if you do a lease comparison you will see that the i3 is actually a *MUCH* cheaper car than the M3.

TJKR

BMW sold 400 of these last month, Model 3 sold 17000. No one wants these butt-ugly compliance cars. Drop the mic.

tjr

You mean US sales. Globally monthly i3 sales are 3200 with 25% growth YOY.

James

“I could build a better EV than Tesla if I wanted to” –

– Said everybody but Tesla.

Prsnep

I wish there was a forum for Model 3 fans who are not interested in any other EVs.

HH

One thing to consider with the car is of course that it has seen steady sales figure increases in Europe. This car isn’t designed for the U.S., so it is not its main market.

Buutvrij

Like it or not, this will be an icon-car for BMW in the future, if they still exist by then.

Eric

BMW have lost the art of making good looking vehicles. They may make it through the transition but , we are yet to see in what form.

The fact they made this ugly duckling shows the world where they are at.

Victor

BMW has to realize they’re not a competitor in the Electric market if they don’t have an Electric vehicle with over 200 miles of realistic electric vehicle range. If the M3 was a city car it wouldn’t have been half as popular as it is. BMW needs to step up to the plate and Lead once again. At the moment Tesla is leading in almost every category.

tjr

Well, then you might find the i3 with a 100kwh battery and 435+ miles range interesting (see https://electrek.co/2018/09/07/bmw-i3-100-kwh-battery-pack-lion-smart/). But do you really need it for a city car? No, you don’t.
Is Tesla leading? In some areas maybe, but certainly not in every category. And it starts to fall behind in critical areas. The superchargers loose against the new fast charging standard of 350kw and the ionity.eu network. Model S and X sales fell behind i3and iPace in Europe already. And the M3 is so much delayed and so much more costly here in Europe that most people rather prefer to wait slightly longer (if at all) for the Q6 e-tron and/or Porsche Taycan or the new X1 PHEV, to name a few cars that are all available next year next to the M3.

Dima

On Fully Charged, they’re big fans of how the i3 is designed though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NGeM_rdeSU

James

I really like Fully Charged.

But they are excited about anything and everything electric. They don’t touch on the reality of whether or not a machine they are reviewing is world-changing or not.

World changing means built in numbers that can disrupt the ICE auto industry.

It’s an irritating trait of many EV fans: Misplaced optimism. ICE OEMs will not build battery plants and 100,000s of EVs per year until they are forced to by competition , markets.and even greater pressures of environmental regulation by governments.

TkO

I passed on the i3, only one tire available. Good luck finding the tire for this car 10+ years later.

Bret

I’ve said this many times on here before about the i3. BMW should widen the frame enough to hold five passengers and a bigger battery. Then, build two CFRP bodies that look like a 3-series and an X3 SUV. Put on regular sized tires and a long-range battery. Very few consumers want a quirky looking, short-range EV, especially for $45 – 50k. They want style, performance, price and range that matches a comparable ICE vehicle. Tesla figured this out years ago, but most other car companies are still clueless.

dan

That’s so not true. The i3 sold more than double the Tesla S and X combined in Norway last month. The i3 doesn’t sell that well in the US. It is very successful in Europe.

James

BTW, did you know the CFRP ship has sailed for BMW?

They sold their interest in SGL, the carbon fiber company they helped fund in my state.

No more CFRP body structures for you. I8 and i3 are the last of the breed.

James
Contrary to Slashgear, the rear doors are more liability than asset. It’s not up for debate. Anyone who has ever owned an extended cab pickup truck with the doors that work in the exact same way as i3’s can tell you. Look to YouTube for examples of the i3 parked close to a wall, obstacle or another car. The rear passengers just plain cannot get out. Reason being the front doors must be opened first in order for the rears to latch/unlatch and then open wide enough for ingress/egress. Kids in back = another issue. Also guests not familiar with the the order in which the door dance must go just for folks to get out of the back! It’s silly and unessessary. This BMW was an oddball from day one. A city commuter that seats 4 with goofy, annoying doors best suited for an owner who mainly drives with no more than one passenger with a set, shortish commute. Adding 20 or even 40 miles of total range in later iterations still gets you a short range, four seater with skinny tires at the cost of a Mid Range Model 3 which is undeniably better in every way, especially… Read more »
REXisKing

The i3, being a city car, parked on city streets, those doors work great.

Javier Marqués

Why compare it with the Tesla 3? BMW never wanted to produce a i3 for the masses, just a niche car as a step into offering top selling cars when the market is ready. I am thinking about buying a second hand one. I would never consider a model 3, it looks so boring to me.

Jack W Cox

I just bought a 2018 BEV, and frankly people need to understand that the out the door prices on these things is no where near the MSRP, which is NOT the case with Tesla. After tax benefits, dealer mark-down and finally a huge rebate from my power company, I bought this thing for thousands less than a similarly equipped Prius or mid-sized. I could never make the math work on even Tesla’s mid-range battery model 3. It was also less than a similarly equipped used 2017 model, so it has some equity, which is completely rare.

I have a 100 mile round trip 2-3x a week commute that it handles with ease. Frankly the range is better than advertised and I do not need a bigger battery.

This one was easy to buy and own. Don’t overlook it, if you shop around these are the best deal in EVs!