BMW i3 interior & comfort
It’s spacious for four people, but the BMW i3’s suspension makes things a little too bumpy on the move
Its electric drivetrain means the BMW i3 is hushed and calm on the move, although you're more aware of wind and tyre noise than you might be if there was an engine to drown them out. The ride quality is just too firm at times, with the UK’s often-poor road surfaces making their presence known. It’s roomy for four passengers though, and the stylish interior gives the i3 an upmarket ambiance.
BMW i3 dashboard
The i3’s dashboard has a hi-tech and futuristic feel, thanks to simple but elegant design and instrumentation replaced by screens. The ergonomics of the controls and driving position are up to BMW’s usual high standards, too. The final touch is BMW’s use of unusual renewable materials like eucalyptus wood as an option for the dashboard trim; this lends the i3’s interior a particularly attractive feel.
Equipment, options and accessories
The BMW i3 seems pricey at first glance, but it does come with a generous amount of standard equipment. Outside you get LED headlamps and indicators, as well as LED rear lamps, plus stylish 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, BMW’s Professional Navigation is fitted to all cars, while three interior trim packages are available above the standard Atelier grade, called Loft, Lodge and Suite.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
A 10.25-inch central display uses the BMW iDrive controller to skip through the i3’s extensive menus. The car also gets the latest package of BMW i ConnectedDrive services, so you get parking and charger info as well as range factored into your navigation planning – the system will even factor rest stops at charging stations in on longer drives. There’s an advanced voice-recognition system, too, while Apple CarPlay ensures you can connect supported smartphones.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW i3 was one of the first electric cars to make everyday drivers sit up and take notice, with its cool style, good handling and practical range
- 2Range, battery & chargingA battery upgrade for 2019 gave the BMW i3 longer legs, with a real-world range of around 160 miles
- 3Running costsThe BMW i3 is pricier than some less premium rivals, but day-to-day running costs are similarly low
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceGreat handling and nippy acceleration make the BMW i3 one of the best electric cars to drive, although ride comfort is particularly firm in the i3s
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingIt’s spacious for four people, but the BMW i3’s suspension makes things a little too bumpy on the move
- 6Practicality & boot spaceCompact exterior dimensions belie the BMW i3’s roomy interior, but it only has seats for four
- 7Reliability & safetyCrash safety is good for occupants, and BMW ranks decently for reliability