BMW i3 – Owner Review Guide

Why did you choose this car?

It’s the only hatchback that is quick with a flat loading area and costs £35k.

BMW i3S, Garry

 

I wanted an EV with some history to ensure it was reliable.

BMW i3 2020, Jon

 

Availability, price, ecologically-made and fully recyclable, comfortable, reasonable range and different.

BMW i3 2017, Andy

 

Great battery management system.

BMW i3 REx 2016, Laura

 

 

Positives – List 3 or more reasons why you love this car?

  • Great to drive
  • Very economical to run
  • No pollution
  • Very safe
  • Plenty of space inside
  • Versatile
  • Different and innovative design.

BMW i3 2014, George

 

  • Great acceleration
  • No petrol to buy
  • Different.

BMW i3 2018, Jeff

 

  • Acceleration
  • Range extender
  • Looks inside and out
  • Eco pro + mode really does give you extra range around town.

BMW i3 REx 2017, Ryan

 

  • New & green technology
  • Aesthetics of interior and exterior
  • Acceleration.

BMW i3 2019, Gosia

 

 

Negatives – List 3 or more things that you really don’t like about this car?

  • Boot too small
  • Range too small
  • Only 4 seats

BMW i3 2018, Jeff

 

  • Inability to use roof bars/bike racks
  • Boot is small.

BMW i3S 2019, Neil

 

  • Lack of range
  • Not really big enough anymore
  • Rear doors can be a pain.

BMW i3 REx 2017, Colin

 

Surprise us! Tell us something surprising about this car?

It’s partly made from recycled plastic bottles.

BMW i3 2019, David

 

Bigger on the inside than you expect from the outside as there’s no engine at the front.

BMW i3 2017, Andy

 

Incredibly agile considering the skinny tyres.

BMW i3 REx 2017, Ryan

 

Higher ride height is great for an older owner like me.

BMW i3 REx 2016, Laura

 

Up to 30 mph it’ll embarrass pretty much any other BMW.

BMW i3S 2019, Neil

 

 

What home charging unit do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

Daily commute 50-60 miles per day, only ever needed a standard 3-pin plug charger.

BMW i3 REx 2017, Ryan

OHME – Yes, would recommend. Very controllable from my phone and software upgrades keep it current (excuse the pun!).

BMW i3 REx 2016, Laura

 

What home electricity supplier & tariff do you use? Would you recommend it to others and why?

EDF Go Electric 35 – 4.5p/kW for five hours every night.

BMW i3, Lord

 

EDF normal tariff. Can’t really recommend them, they’ve been totally uninterested in moving us to an EV tariff despite us asking loads of times so we’ll probably change to a different supplier but have a problem because they all seem to need a smart meter which we can’t get (as we have no mobile signal here).

BMW i3 2017, Andy

 

Octopus Go, would recommend as it lets me do pretty much all of my charging at a cheap overnight rate.

BMW i3S 2019, Neil

 

Bulb flexi. Good so far and now have EV tariff coming in.

BMW i3 REx 2017, Colin

 

 

What public charging networks do you use? Would you recommend them to others and why?

Instavolt – reliable, accessible and contactless payment.

BMW i3 REx 2016, Laura

 

Gridserve, awesome. Instavolt as well. Avoid BP Pulse, they charge you (twice) for delivering nothing!

BMW i3 2018, Chris

 

IONITY is my preferred one. Always seems to work, fast and no messing with apps, etc.

BMW i3 REx 2017, Colin

 

 

Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?

Aviva – 5 star company, good prices.

BMW i3 2015, Tim

 

Admiral – good value, big name.

BMW i3, Lord

 

 

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