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Long Term Review (3 Years Plus)

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BMW i3 Review

i3 - (2013) | 18.8 kWh (170 Hp) Range Extender


Car Owner Reviewer -
April 7, 2020, 9:07 p.m.
Reviewer's Score

9.3

Practicality and Comfort (9.0)
Performance and Handling (9.5)
Reliability and Running (10.0)
Looks and Style (9.0)
Features and Technology (9.0)
Model Avg. 9.3 Generation Avg. 9.3 Engine Avg. 9.3

The Review

Long Term Review (3 Years Plus) Hatchbacks BMW i3 i3 - (2013) 18.8 kWh (170 Hp) Range Extender

This is a minimal cost car to run, very low maintenance and a good car to drive


Summary

I bought this car because I needed a low maintenance everyday car. I use it for daily driving with the wife and kids.

Practicality and Comfort

The car has a high seating position. . Good for long journeys. Lots of toys inside. 4 seater car, good leg and head space. Boot for 1 large suitcase and other bags. Seats fold down like as estate. ISOFix in the back. About the size of a Q3 all around. Perfect car for the city. Free congestion, free ULEZ, free road tax, and free parking in pay and display in Westminster for those that live in London, UK.

Performance and Handling

Very good handling, and performance is equally good being an electric car. Lots of torque. But good for environment at the same time.

Reliability and Running Costs

A very reliable car all around. BMW quality as you would expect. Never breaks down. It an electric car so not much to go wrong. One issue I have had in the last 3 years, the battery on the remote died. Apart from that no issues. Service intervals are long. Likely no services in the first 4 years. £3.00 gives you 100 mile range. Free to charge at some locations. Battery is as good today as 3 years back. Tires lasted for around 3 years and then replaced 2 rear. I have a charging point at home. UK Government give you 70% off charging point, which is £2k for the BMW one before discount. Normal changing point is FOC. Government give £4k grant on new cars.

Looks and Style

Futuristic looks. Definitely not an ugly car. Has the suicide doors which are really cool.

Features

All of the features you would expect. Pretty much fully loaded I think. Full self parking. I can switch the car on from the remote and warm up before I get into the car. Harmann Kardon system sounds great too.

Would I recommend it? YES

I am about to buy my second one, so first one is up for sale. That should say it all!

BMW i3

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