BMW i3 Leasing
Top 3 Features
Easy-to-use infotainment system.
Futuristic, minimalist interior.
Plenty of performance in most everyday driving situations.
There’s plenty of space for 2 adults up front and it’s easy to climb into the rear seats thanks to the rear-hinged ‘suicide’ door layout. Even baby seats can be fitted to the Isofix points without too much hassle, but the overall space in the rear is a bit tight for taller adults.
The boot offers 260 litres of luggage space, well behind other all-electric offerings like the Nissan Leaf (435 litres) and Renault Zoe (338 litres). Fold the rear seats down and the resulting 1100 litres of load space is much more competitive with its rivals. The rear backrests can also be folded in a 50/50 split if required.
Front occupants get access to 2 centrally located cupholders, as well as generously proportioned door bins. A smallish glovebox can store a few more items and there is a central armrest, which folds up to reveal more storage space for phones and smaller items.
The standard i3 is available with a 170hp electric motor, which promises up to 190 miles on a charge. There is also a more powerful 184hp i3s variant, which lowers the range to around 175 miles but is slightly quicker off the line. Both are subject to the 1% benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax structure for all-electric vehicles, which can make a big difference to your leasing costs compared to a petrol- or diesel-powered alternative.
In real-world use, you can expect at least 160 miles of range from both models. This is slightly less than what some newer rivals can offer – both the Renault Zoe and top-spec Nissan Leaf claim around 240 miles on a charge – but the BMW’s small 42.2kWh battery pack is quick to charge and it keeps the i3’s weight down, which benefits handling.
Using a standard 2.4kW 3-pin plug will take 15 hours to replenish 80% of the battery, while the 11kW BMW i Wallbox cuts that time down to just 3.2 hours. If you are out on the road, then a 50kW quick charger will do the same job in 42 minutes.
i3 HatchbackThe i3 comes in a 5-door hatchback design. The rear doors are hinged from the back which makes access easier than in a conventional layout. The body is a carbon-fibre composite, which is extremely rigid and negates the need for a central pillar between the front and rear doors.
High Performance ModelsThe i3s offers 184hp, which is 14hp more than the standard variant, dropping its 0-62mph time from 7.3 to 6.9 seconds. It also has wider tyres, a lower ride height and stiffer suspension settings, all of which give the i3s a more planted feel through the corners.
The BMW i3 Vs Competitors
Yes. The current BMW i3 range has dropped the range-extender variant, which used a small petrol engine beneath the boot to replenish battery power. This leaves the 170hp i3 and 184hp i3s as the sole all-electric offerings.
The BMW i3 has 260 litres of boot space, which increases to 1100 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
You can choose from Loft, Lodge and Suite interior trims. Each tier offers different materials and finishes inside the cabin, while additional packs can be specified which add items like larger alloy wheels, Comfort Access and a Harman/Kardon sound system.
The BMW i3 offers plenty of space up front and the backward-hinged rear doors make getting into the 2nd row less of a hassle. However, taller adults will feel cramped in the back and the boot space is rather limited.
The BMW i3 remains a popular EV to lease thanks to its well-designed interior, strong performance and an exterior design that has hardly aged over the years.
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