2016 BMW i3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

 or 
Color:  Fluid Black W/ Bmw I Frozen Blue Accent
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$20,164 - $25,509
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
137 City / 111 HWY
Horsepower
170
Seats
4

How 2016 BMW i3 Ranks In Its Class

See the full ranking lists by expanding the dropdowns below.

chevronDown icon Ranks  
#1
  By Owner Reviews
chevronDown icon Ranks  
#6
  By Price
chevronDown icon Ranks  
#6
  By Experts
chevronDown icon Ranks  
#1
  By MPG

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.6 Overall Score
Performance 4.6Comfort 4.3Styling 4.5Value 4.5

Editor's Overview

The 2016 BMW i3 puts the brand’s unique twist on the electric car, adding clever styling and a bit of BMW driving prowess to a segment sometimes short on both. From its advanced carbon-fiber-reinforced body to its numerous advanced technologies, the i3 offers a slice of electric heaven not found in the admittedly less pricey Nissan Leaf or Kia Soul EV.

BMW i3 Models & Trims

chevronDown icon 4dr HB $20,164 - $22,941
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Electric
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 5, 20 X 5 (in.) - Forged Aluminum
check icon Bluetooth
check icon Navigation System
close icon Heated Seats
close icon Sun Roof
check icon Back-Up Camera
check icon Premium Audio
check icon Smart Device Integration
close icon WiFi Hotspot
close icon Keyless Start
check icon Keyless Entry
check icon Automated Emergency Braking
close icon Blind Spot Monitor
close icon Cross-Traffic Alert
close icon Lane Departure Warning
chevronDown icon 4dr HB w/Range Extender $22,368 - $25,509
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Electric/Gas
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 5, 20 X 5 (in.) - Forged Aluminum
check icon Bluetooth
check icon Navigation System
close icon Heated Seats
close icon Sun Roof
check icon Back-Up Camera
check icon Premium Audio
check icon Smart Device Integration
close icon WiFi Hotspot
close icon Keyless Start
check icon Keyless Entry
check icon Automated Emergency Braking
close icon Blind Spot Monitor
close icon Cross-Traffic Alert
close icon Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.67
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starHalf icon
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%

It's electric and needs to be charged

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

Love the electric car, wish it got a longer range, but it is awesome not paying for gasoline.

whitney G
Helpful
thumbUp icon

QUALITY AND HAS TO BE VERY SAFETY TO DRIVE AROUND A

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon

GREAT INNOVATIVE AND HIGH QUALITY AUTO MOBILE BUT VERY EXPENSIVE

JOOLY B
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Fun to drive. No gas needed

star icon
star icon
star icon
star icon
starOutline icon

Love that it is electric. Wish it had longer range.

David G
Helpful
thumbUp icon

Video Reviews

playCircle icon
2016 BMW i3: 4 months 4k miles | Daily Driver/Family Car Review
113,771 views
playCircle icon
2016 BMW i3 - Review
146,825 views
playCircle icon
2016 BMW i3 - Review and Road Test
175,724 views
playCircle icon
30k Miles with the BMW i3 - End of Lease Review
40,155 views

Compare Models & Key Features

chevronDown icon Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$20,164 - $22,941
$22,368 - $25,509

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
Electric Motor
Electric Motor
chevronDown icon Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Alarm

Alarm
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.5 (in.)
40.5 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 (in.)
39.6 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.9 (in.)
31.9 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.2 (in.)
37.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Premium Synthetic, Cloth
Premium Synthetic, Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

chevronDown icon Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P155/60R20
P155/60R20

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
101 (in.)
101 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
32.3 (ft.)
32.3 (ft.)

Length

Length
157 (in.)
157 (in.)

Width

Width
70 (in.)
70 (in.)
chevronDown icon Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2799 (.lbs)
3064 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
184 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Electric Motor
Electric Motor

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
close icon
Not Available
1.9 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
63 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

City

City
69 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
56 (mpg)
20 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

chevronDown icon Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
check icon
Standard
check icon
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

Crash Test Ratings Currently Not Available

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (2)

chevronDown icon
Air Bags > Frontal Nov 15, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 15, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V720000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2018 BMW i3 electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Unbelted, small adult, drivers may be at a higher risk of neck injury in the event of a frontal crash. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequence:
During a frontal impact, unbelted, small adult, drivers could be at a higher risk of neck injury.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the Driver air bag control unit software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 8, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at the dedicated i3 recall number 1-855-269-3361.
chevronDown icon
Fuel System, Gasoline > Delivery > Hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings Feb 8, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Feb 8, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V088000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2014-2017 i3 REx hybrid electric vehicles. The fuel tank vent line may rub against the ribbed wire protection sleeve of the battery positive (B+) cable, creating a hole in the vent line and causing a fuel vapor leak.
Consequence:
A fuel vapor leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel vent line, replacing it as necessary, and install a clip to prevent it from chafing, free of charge. The recall beganApril 3, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Payment Calculator

Estimated Monthly
Payment

$0

Browse by Category

  • Sedans Sedans
  • SUVs SUVs
  • Crossovers Crossovers
  • Hybrid/Electric Hybrid/Electric
  • Sports Sports
  • Luxury Luxury
  • Trucks Trucks
  • Vans/Minivans Vans/Minivans
  • Hatchbacks Hatchbacks
  • Coupes Coupes
  • Wagons Wagons
  • Convertibles Convertibles
  • Compacts Compacts
  • CPO CPO

User Feedback

Did you find the information you were looking for?

close icon