2017 BMW i3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$21,659 - $37,040
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
137 City / 111 HWY
Horsepower
170
Seats
4
Color:  Mineral Grey W/ Bmw I Frozen Blue Accent
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$21,659 - $37,040
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
137 City / 111 HWY
Horsepower
170
Seats
4

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.5 Overall Score
Performance 4.5 Comfort 4.3 Styling 4.5 Value 4.4

Editor's Overview

Offered as a sportier, more upscale alternative to electrics like the Fiat 500e, VW eGolf and Nissan Leaf, BMW’s 2017 i3 EV leads the electric-car revolution with advanced technology, unconventional styling and a new, longer-range model. However, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt promises double the range for about $6,000 less.

BMW i3 Models & Trims

94 Ah $21,659 - $24,328
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Electric
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 19 X 5, 20 X 5 (in.) - Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
94 Ah w/Range Extender $26,144 - $29,481
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Electric/Gas
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 19 X 5, 20 X 5 (in.) - Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
60 Ah $32,721 - $37,040
Horsepower: 170 hp
Engine Type: Electric
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 19 X 5, 20 X 5 (in.) - Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.36

11 Reviews

5 star 45% 4 star 45% 3 star 9% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

Owner reviews are verified by our team and cannot be altered or removed.

It is all electric. No gas ever. Charges on standard house current

It is a great all electric car. Charges on regular house current. Has room for four. Modern design. Problem is only a little storage. Other than that i would recommend it for around town driving

- Jim A

That it's electric. I don't use any gas at all.

I like that it's an electric car. I like the look of it. I like the size, the way it handles, and the cargo space. I wish it had a better range. It only gets 120 miles on a charge.

- Howard C

Electric cars will change your life

Love my it. My commute isn't very long so I rarely have to use the gas in my car, and I only charge 2 nights a week at home. Love electric!

- Casey H

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Drivers side profile with drivers side door open.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$21,659 - $24,328
$26,144 - $29,481

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
170 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
Electric Motor
Electric Motor
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
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
Standard
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
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Standard
Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Cloth

Passengers

Passengers
4
4

Power Driver Seat

Power Passenger Seat

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Standard
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Standard
Standard

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
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.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2961 (.lbs)
3234 (.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
Standard
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
Not Available
2.4 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
59 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

City

City
65 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
53 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Standard
Standard

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Standard
Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
Not Available
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front
  • Side
  • Roof Strength
  • Driver-side Overlap Front
*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
JD Power Rating
  • ‌Overall
  • Mechanical
  • Powertrain Quality
  • Body & Interior Design
  • ‌Features
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (3)

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.
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.
Air Bags Dec 19, 2016
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 19, 2016
NHTSA Campaign:
16V914000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2017 BMW 640i, 640i xDrive, 650i, 650i xDrive, M6, 535i, 535i xDrive, 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive, M4, X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, i3, i8, Rolls-Royce Dawn, Mini Clubman Cooper, Clubman Cooper S, Cooper All4, Cooper S All4, Mini 4-Door Cooper, Cooper S, Mini 2-Door Cooper, Cooper S, John Cooper Works and 2016 BMW 528i, 528i xDrive, 535i, 535i xDrive, 550i, 550i xDrive, M5 and 535d vehicles. The affected vehicles have seat- mounted side air bag inflator initiators that may fail to ignite during a crash.
Consequence:
If the air bag inflator initiator fails to ignite, the seat-mounted air bag will not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag modules, free of charge. The recall began February 6, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

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