BMW i3 120Ah 2018, Steven – EV Owner Review

BMW i3 120ah 2018, Steven - EV Owner Review

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What is the make and model of your EV?
BMW i3 120Ah 42.2kWh


What year was your EV registered?


How long have you owned your EV?
0 – 1 year


What is the mileage on your EV?
10,000 – 20,000 miles


How many EVs have you owned?
This is my first


What is the average mileage range you achieve from your EV when fully charged?


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Why did you choose this car?
I’ve always driven a petrol car however my last car was a diesel, I decided to change the fuel type to try and save on costs at the pump. It was about a year before the end of my existing finance deal and I spied a BMW i3 on a used car site. I loved the look, unusual but cool, plus it was electric. Looked into a few models/ranges, where you can charge around my area, just to figure out how it all worked.


Narrowed my list down to two, a Renault Zoe and the BMW i3. I went for the i3, second-hand, 3,500 miles on the clock (just like new) for £20,000. OK, I could have had a new Zoe at the same price but it was a BMW, still had warranty left on it and I couldn’t resist. So, she sits on my driveway…never looked back.


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

  • How it looks
  • It’s quick
  • No road tax.


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

  • Better range is a given
  • Plastic body panels scratch easy
  • Haven’t come across any more negatives yet.


Have you experienced any faults with the car? If so, what have they been?
Not yet.


What are the standout tech features of the car?
Different driving modes which allow you to stretch out the range and the self-park function is excellent!!


Surprise us! Tell us something people wouldn’t readily know about this car.
It’s made from the same material as a formula one car.


Rate your EV out of 5.


What car are you interested in next and why?
Maybe an IONIQ 5 or Mazda Electric (looks-wise for both).


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

I cope absolutely fine with a 3 pin wall charger and public chargers.


Rate your home charging unit out of 5.


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


Rate your electricity supplier out of 5.


What public charging networks would you recommend to others and why?
Genie, Instavolt and Pod Point. They seem more popular and you can find them in most towns/cities.


List your top 3 favourite public charging networks (in order of preference).

  1. Genie
  2. Instavolt
  3. Pod Point.



BMW i3 120ah 2018, Steven - EV Owner Review


Who do you insure your EV with? Would you recommend them to others and why?
AA – don’t recommend really, just who was cheapest at the time.


Rate your insurance provider out of 5



Estimate how much money you save per month owning and running an EV compared to a petrol/diesel car.


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