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BMW i3 pros and cons

Pros and Cons by myEVreview

  • Low battery degradation
  • Excellent view from the car
  • Excellent turning circle
  • Fun to drive (rear-wheel drive)
  • Perfect for the city, dimensions: 3 999 × 1 775 × 1 578 mm
  • Performance even at higher speeds
  • Great agility in the city
  • Reliability
  • Running costs
  • 2x boot / trunk (but the frunk is tiny)
  • Surprisingly spacious interior for four adults
  • Weight for an electric car - only 1200 kg
  • Consumption 14 kWh in summer, 16-18 kWh in winter
  • Good brakes
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Not suitable for long distances - stiff suspension, less range
  • Safety (4-star EuroNCAP safety rating)
  • Reliable range indicator
  • The "one pedal driving" function
  • Probably high cost of repairs when carbon parts are damaged
  • Very slow sending of commands from the mobile app to the car (takes up to 80 seconds)
  • Suspension is stiff
  • Price for such a small car
  • Almost no improvement app in 5 years
  • Heated car cools down quickly when the heater is turned off
  • Complicated rear opposite door
  • DC charging only 50 kW
  • Noisier at higher speeds

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Pros and Cons by Owners / Test Drives

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    BMW i3 - A great car for the city 7.8

    owner review of BMW i3 33 kWh 2017

    • strong recuperation

    • strong brakes

    • rear-wheel drive - a great solution in wet conditions and in winter

    • low running costs

    • long-term consumption only 15.5 kWh/100 km

    • reliability

    • excellent view from the car

    • drives like a go-kart

    • excellent acceleration of around 7.5 seconds to 100 km/h

    • excellent spontaneous drive (125 kW, 250 Nm)

    • summer range up to 200 km, winter range 150 km - enough for city driving

    • surprisingly spacious interior for four adults

    • ideal for the city, dimensions: 3 999 × 1 775 × 1 578 mm

    • sufficient top speed of 150 km/h

    • weight only 1,320 kg

    • complicated opening of the rear doors

    • many options are extra (DC charging, heat pump, heated seats)

    • boot space

    • not suitable for long distances - hard suspension, less range

    • DC CCS charging only 50 kW

    • no heated steering wheel

    • high price for such a small car

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