The i3’s distinctive, smoothly moulded body (made from super-strong carbon fibre reinforced polymer) really helps it to stand out from the city car crowd. Even its iconic ‘kidney’ front fascia, without the conventional grille, differs from those that are found on the majority of BMW vehicles.
Despite the car’s relatively small dimensions, it’s surprisingly spacious inside – and while it might not be obvious at first glance, it features a four-door body, which ensures easy access. There’s plenty of room inside for four, although especially tall rear-seated travellers might find that headroom is a little compromised. The i3 possesses a 260-litre boot space which, with rear seats flipped, increases to a maximum 1,110-litre load capacity.
A standard-issue lithium-ion 38kWh battery delivers 168bhp, enabling the car to go from 0-60mph in a little more than seven seconds. Since no conventional engine is featured, this is a zero-emissions car – and as long as you drive it, you’ll never need to visit another petrol station. The battery is easily charged using a standard three-pin mains supply – or by taking advantage of rapid-charging facilities. The former option takes approximately 15 hours when using a standard charging cable, while the latter sees the task achieved in a little more than 40 minutes. Once charging is completed, the i3 offers an impressive 188-mile range.
The i3 comes with an AM/FM radio and DAB tuner, providing you with plenty of listening options. AUX, USB and iPod inputs are included too – as is Bluetooth connectivity, making it easy to stream audio content and enjoy hands-free mobile phone communication. Other features include BMW’s Professional Multimedia satellite navigation system, offering access to BMW apps, real-time traffic information and much more. Apple aficionados will appreciate the inclusion of iPhone-mirroring technology, which allows you to access your smartphone via the car’s screen. The i3 is fitted with numerous safety features as standard, including seatbelt reminders and six airbags.
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