The 2019 BMW i3 is one of the high ranked luxury hybrid and electric car. It offers more interior space seating and a good safety rating compared to 2018 model. As no product is perfect, in the case 2019 BMW i3 lacks many attributes befitting a luxury electric car, such as an engaging drive, a powerful motor, and a plush interior.
2019 BMW i3 Ranking
2019 BMW i3 is a amazing used electric vehicle. It has a substantial cargo hold for its size, and the base model offers up to 153 miles of range. Its interior construction is simple, with quality materials.
However, the i3 does not stack up well against rival luxury hybrid and electric cars like the 2019 Tesla Model 3 or 2019 Lexus ES Hybrid. Both the Tesla and Lexus provide a much more engaging ride than the i3, a more powerful engine lineup, and ritzier cabin materials. The i3 also can’t beat the Model 3’s perfect safety score or the ES Hybrid’s higher reliability rating.
The standard BMW iDrive infotainment system works well and utilizes an intuitive rotary knob controller that is located on the center console. The infotainment display is positioned atop the dashboard and does not have touch capabilities. Lastly, the traditional gauge cluster is replaced with a second display behind the steering wheel.
- Standard infotainment features: the iDrive infotainment system, a 6.5-inch display, HD Radio, satellite radio, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a USB port, and Bluetooth
- Available infotainment features: a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system
- Additional standard features: automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror
- Other available features: wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a universal garage door opener, navigation with real-time traffic, and a moon roof.
2019 i3 Performance
This BMW EV has decent power and a great electric-only range that allows you to cruise in comfort. Its quick acceleration and tight turning radius help make this BMW EV a great city car. That said, the i3’s ride is lackluster, and controlling this little EV at high speeds may require some adjustment to keep it from changing lanes. The regenerative brakes are strong but could operate more smoothly. This is common with many alternative-fuel vehicles.
- Base powertrain: 42.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and electric motor with a combined 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque
- Available powertrain: 42.2-kWh lithium-ion battery, electric motor, and 0.6-liter two-cylinder engine with a combined 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque
- Drivetrain: front-wheel drive
- Transmission: single-speed automatic
2019 BMW i3 Mileage
The base i3 and i3s models get an estimated 124 MPG-equivalent in the city and 102 MPGe on the highway. Models with the available Range Extender gas engine get an estimated 100 MPGe and 31 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
Charging and Connectivity
The i3 and i3s models have a 42.2-kWh lithium-ion battery that churns out up to 153 miles of electric-only range on a single charge. That’s better than EV competitors like the base 2019 Nissan Leaf, 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf, and all-electric 2019 Hyundai Ionic. The i3 and i3s Range Extender models come with the same battery pack, and while electric-only range drops to 126 miles, total range gets a boost to 200 miles.
The charging time depends on the method used:
DC Fast Charging: 42 minutes for 80% charge; 1 hour 24 minutes for 100% charge
240-volt charging station: 4 hours and 54 minutes for 80% charge; 6 hours and 30 minutes for 100% charge
2019 BMW i3 Interior
This BMW electric car is a small hatchback that seats four people in two rows. The seats have plenty of space for average-size passengers to remain comfortable on long drives, and there is plenty of headroom to boot. The interior is well-constructed and made with quality, eco-friendly materials. Reviews are mixed on these materials, but they are up to snuff for a luxury car.
2018 BMW i3 vs 2019 BMW i3
There are two major difference between the 2018 and 2019 i3 models, namely range and battery capability. For 2019, BMW gave the i3 a larger battery, which boosts the electric-only range from 114 to 153 miles. The 2019 i3 also gained an available Range Extender gasoline engine that pushes this BMW’s total driving range to 200 miles.
Comparison between 2017, 2018 and 2019
Below are key changes for the BMW i3 between the past three models:
- 2017: larger 90Ah battery made available
- 2018: 90Ah battery made standard; i3s model debuted; Apple CarPlay became available
- 2019: larger battery and electric-only range increase; Range Extender became available; Apple CarPlay made standard
Price For 2019 BMW i3
Based on listings for the 2019 BMW i3, the average list price is $27,911. Prices range from $44,450 to $51,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.