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Our Fleet Test Drive: BMW i3 - 8th report

Date: 09 October 2015   |   Author: Guy Bird

Why we're running it: To see if this EV cuts in beyond the theory
Equipment: 6 airbags, stability and cornering brake control, hill-start assist, auto aircon, electric windows, leather-covered multi-function steering wheel, satnav, Bluetooth hands-free facility with USB, 50:50 split-fold rear seats, rear park distance control, 19in streamline star alloys, halogen headlights
Options: Lodge trim (£1500), 19in turbine alloys (£680), Harmon Kardon hi-fi (£640), DC rapid charge prep (£560), silver metallic paint (£530), Enhanced Bluetooth with USB (£350), internet (£95)
Media Package - BMW Professional (£960), Park assist package inc. colour reversing cam (£790), Winter package inc. heated
front seats (£260), Online Entertainment (£190)

An aspect of the BMW i3 that is too often overlooked because of its eco-focused headlines is how much fun can be genuinely derived from driving the thing. 0-62mph is dispatched in just under eight seconds, and in such an automatic and linear manner you can catapult the car to decent speeds before would-be boy racer rivals have even got their gears sorted.

The steering is brilliantly weighted in typical BMW style, and allied with a tiny 9.86m turning circle and a really short nose it's so simple and quick to manoeuvre around town. Parking's just as easy, with a large colour-screen reversing camera 'fish-eyeing' the car behind into clear view.

Best of all, when traversing the city, stop-start traffic no longer seems such a bind because the regenerative braking does such a sound job of halting the car for you  - so much so that if you keep a judicious eye on the road ahead you can literally go for miles without even touching the brake pedal.

This recharging effect is also calibrated according to your speed, so that at higher mph the car 'coasts' more, while at lower speeds it generates a stronger braking effect (plus more, bonus energy recuperation). One-pedal fun indeed.  

BMW i3 Range Extender

Mileage                                                           2074
Official combined consumption             186.1mpg
Our average consumption                       1554mpg
Forecast/actual CPM                           59.4p/56.8p
P11D price                £35,575*
Model price range     £30,925-35,575*
Residual value                                              39.1%
Depreciation cost                                         £21,675
Fuel                                                                 £1670
Service, maintenance and repair                    £1722
Vehicle Excise Duty                                              £0
National Insurance                                          £1031
CO2 (tax)              13g/km/5%
BIK 20/40% per month                   £28/£57


  • Interior, driving simplicity and fun
  • Learning new driving and refuelling skills