The ‘2018’ update to BMW’s ‘i’ small EV car doesn’t spoil the recipe too much, and after just four years on sale, there’s really no need to: the i3 still manages to be up front, at the fashion and fashionable. even in middle age.
But the new one manages to look a little better. And that’s just one tweak: a new silver roofline strip, different front and rear bumper tweaks, and a few other little creases. The power source remains the same, a single-speed synchronous electric motor powered by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 94 Ah (33 kWh). That means 170 hp and a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft, 0-62 mph in 7.3 and a top speed of 93 mph. The official autonomy of the NEDC laboratory is 186 miles, less in the real world and if you punish performance, but enough.
If you want even more range, but a little less, there is now also the option of the i3S, a sportier i3. You get a 14hp/15lb power increase over stock car outlets, a black roof swatch, different bumpers again, 10mm lowered sport suspension, 40mm wider track, 20mm wider 20in wheels and black bows, which look pretty good. You even get Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) which “enhances agility and allows for controlled drifts.” And yes, it is actually said in the press material. About an i3.
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Our choice of the range.
What’s the verdict?
The i3 remains the best premium small electric vehicle. Hard to argue against. Just be prepared to pay the appropriate money.
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