2018 BMW i3 Reviews, Ratings & Specs

MSRP
$34,424 - $44,737
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
126 City / 109 HWY
Horsepower
170-181
Seats
4
Color:  Melbourne Red Metallic W/ Frozen Grey Accent
MSRP
$34,424 - $44,737
Crash Test Rating
Not Available
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
126 City / 109 HWY
Horsepower
170-181
Seats
4

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.5 Overall Score
Performance 4.5 Comfort 4.2 Styling 4.4 Value 4.4

Editor's Overview

BMW offers both the 2018 BMW i3 and the new more powerful i3s as pure electrics or as plug-in hybrids with extended range. Both are sporty, quick and quirky with unconventional styling and advanced technology like lightweight carbon-fiber construction. The i3’s open-space interior concept also separates it from the pack, as does its nearly $45,500 entry-level price tag, which is high for the class.

BMW i3 Models & Trims

Base $34,424 - $38,565
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
s $40,070 - $44,737
Horsepower: 181 hp
Engine Type: Electric, Electric/Gas
Standard Seating: 4
Standard Wheels: 20 X 5.5 (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

4.6

10 Reviews

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

that it is an all electric vehicle, and in California, you are eligible to an all access sticker, and can drive in the HOV lane even if you are driving by yourself.

love that it is an electric vehicle, and I can use the HOV lane. We have a charger in our community, so it is very convenient to charge. The car has a lot of pep, but the back seat is not very roomy.

- lee c

comfortable, fast, and with 4-wheel drive

It is an excellent vehicle in all its presentations, its performance is better than that of many cars

- joey j

Wagons are less tippy than SUVs and handle a lot of cargo

It drives well, ie is responsive and turns tightly. It's attractive and feels very comfortable

- Teri M

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Compare Models & Key Features

Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$34,424 - $38,565
$40,070 - $44,737

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
181 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

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
Standard
Standard

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
Not Available

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
P175/55TR20

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
101.2 (in.)
101.2 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
32.4 (ft.)
33.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
158.3 (in.)
158.1 (in.)

Width

Width
69.9 (in.)
70.5 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3234 (.lbs)
3005 - 3278 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
170 (hp)
181 (hp)

Torque

Torque
184 (ft. lbs.)
199 (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
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Electric Motor
Electric Motor

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
2.3 (gal.)
2.3 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
55 (mpg)
57 (mpg)

City

City
55 (mpg)
63 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
55 (mpg)
50 (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
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

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
Not Available
*JD Power Circle Ratings

Safety Recalls (2)

Equipment > Electrical Sep 19, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Sep 19, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V652000
Summary:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2018 BMW 330e iPerformance, i3 Rex, i3 Sport Rex, X5 xDrive40e, i3 BEV, i3 Sport BEV and 2019 i8 and i8 Roadster vehicles and 2018-2019 530e iPerformance, 530e xDrive iPerformance and 740Le xDrive iPerformance vehicles. Capacitors within the TurboCord Portable Chargers may fail, possibly resulting in a shock hazard or a fire.
Consequence:
An electrical shock or a fire can increase the risk of injury or death.
Remedy:
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the charging cable, and replace it if necessary, free of charge. An interim notification was mailed to owners on November 19, 2018. A second notification will be sent when the remedy is available. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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.

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