2018 BMW i3 is one of the wonders of automobiles. With carbon-fiber-intensive construction and an electric motor, it is the most environmentally forward-thinking car to come from BMW Auto Company. Its design is polarizing, and it’s even exceptional when it comes to electric vehicles, as it offers an engine as an optional range extender. It comes in i3 and the new i3s models and instead of trim levels, it offers “Worlds”: Deka, Mega, Giga, and Tera.
What is New 2018 BMW i3?
The new 2018 i3s model comes with a sport chassis, wider track, and high power. For the 2018 model year, the i3 also features an exterior refresh, the latest iDrive 6 interface, and standard full LED headlights. There is also a new cloth-leather trim combination called Giga Brown with natural leather and Carum Spice Grey cloth and two new exterior colors: Melbourne Red Metallic and Imperial Blue Metallic.
The i3 hatchback is one of two BMW i EVs along with the much more expensive and quick i8.
2018 i3: The i3 comes standard with 19-inch i Turbine light alloy wheels, LED headlights, power-folding and heated view mirrors, black mirror caps, Kenaf interior dash and door panels, the Deka World interior, manual adjustable front seats, and a 6.5-inch center display with the newest iDrive system, BMW Navigation Business, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD radio, and a USB port. Also standard is automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, and fast-charging capability.
2018 i3s: The i3s sports trim adds a more powerful motor , sport suspension, 20-inch i double spoke bicolor light alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, and a black A-pillar and roof trim.
Interior environment options include the quality Deka World, except for a further cost, Mega, Giga, and Tera World interiors are available. all has its own unique color combination, seat fabric, and renewable material sources. the sole available package is that the Technology + Driving Assistant package that consists of BMW Navigation with ConnectedDrive Services, real-time traffic information, and adaptive control with Active Driving Assistant. Options include a moonroof, Apple CarPlay, and a blue seatbelt strap (i3s only).
2018 BMW i3 Performance and Fuel Consumption
The 2018 BMW i3’s powertrain consists of a 33 kWh battery pack that powers a 170-hp, 184-lb-ft of torque rear-mounted electric motor that sends power to the back wheels through a one-speed automatic. The i3s packs the same electric motor but with more power output, 184 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. Without the range extender engine, the 2017 i3 has an EPA-rated driving range of 114 miles on a full charge and 118 mpge combined driving. The optional range extender engine is a small 0.6-liter two-cylinder engine that produces 38 hp and 41 lb-ft of torque and supplements the battery pack once all electricity is drained (has no mechanical connection to the rear wheels). When equipped, the full-electric range drops to 97 miles and 111 mpge but the total driving range increases to 180 miles. Using a Level 2 charger will take about 4.5 hours to charge a depleted battery. Once 2018-model-year fuel economy numbers are released for the i3s, we will update this section. In Motor Trend testing, the i3 with the range extender hit 60 mph in 7.0 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 125 feet.
Safety and Comfort
Safety and comfort are the cores values customers look for before purchasing any product especially when it comes to Automobiles. According to IIHS testing, the BMW i3 got the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable for the head restraints and seats evaluation. Front crash prevention was given the second-highest rating of Advanced because the hatchback reduced a 12 mph collision by 9 mph and reduced a 25 mph collision by 7 mph thanks to the optional emergency automatic braking feature found in the Technology + Driving Assistant package. Apart from the technological features mentioned earlier, the package also includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality and Active Driving Assistant that consists of emergency automatic braking, frontal collision warning, pedestrian detection, and speed limit information. The standard BMW Assist eCall includes emergency request (SOS button) and enhanced automatic collision notification, and BMW Remote Services includes stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock and BMW Connected App compatibility. Front and rear parking sensors are optional.
Interior and Cargo Space
Cargo space is not one of the i3’s fortes, as the small hatchback offers 15.1 cubic feet with the seats up and 36.9 cubic feet with the seats down. Front passengers receive 40.5 inches of legroom and rear passengers get a tight 31.9 inches. With the rear seats up, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has a similar 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space, but with the seats down, that increases to 56.6 cubic feet. The Bolt EV has 41.6 inches of front legroom and 36.5 inches of rear legroom.
2018 BMW i3 Technology
BMW’s iDrive infotainment system has been updated for 2018. Yet the outgoing system isn’t shabby in terms of ease of use and options for redundant controls. The new iDrive system offers Apple CarPlay, too.
Audio & navigation 8.0
The optional Harman Kardon system produces quality sound, though some may find it lacking in bass. Also, there’s no AM radio tuner. The navigation system is easy to operate and allows destination input through voice, rotary dial or by touchpad character recognition.
Smartphone integration 9.0
Bluetooth and USB connections work as expected, and you can navigate to your music or other genres such as audiobooks and podcasts with the iDrive controller. You also have access to your smartphone’s voice command through the car’s voice control button by holding it down for about 4 seconds.
Driver aids 8.0
The optional adaptive cruise control will bring the i3 to a complete stop, and it works well in stop-and-go