2021 BMW i3 Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

2021 BMW i3 Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs | Sewickley BMW

BMW i3 Series

Key Features

  • Starting at $44,450 MSRP*
  • 42.2 kWh battery pack
  • All-electric range of 153 miles
  • Fully charged in under 6 hours
  • 0-60 MPH in 6.8 seconds (BMW i3s)
  • iDrive 6 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® compatibility
  • Standard adaptive LED headlights
  • Available range extender


BMW i3 Styling

About the BMW i3

When it was released, the i3 was BMW’s original electric vehicle. Its distinctive design made a splash right away, but the real sensation is what’s under the skin. The technology that powers the BMW i3 has been continuously upgraded, and the current version is the best one yet. Comfortable, roomy, easy to charge, and easier to live with, the BMW i3 is designed to work around your lifestyle – not the other way around. Of course, the i3 is, at its core, a BMW. That means that it’s well-built, engaging to drive, and perfectly balances luxury, performance, and utility. If you’re looking for an ideal city companion, look no further.


What the Critics Say

BMW’s electric four-seat hatchback has rear-hinged back doors, and its interior is striking in its simplicity and style. The electric motor makes this tall, narrow car feel quick. – Consumer Reports

BMW’s i3 was one of the first mainstream electric vehicles to hit the market, way back in 2014. BMW has updated it a few times over the years, enhancing its range, performance and technology features. But the basic appeal of the 2021 i3 is still the same. This is an easy-to-park EV with an upscale and surprisingly roomy interior.” – Edmunds


BMW i3 Features

BMW i3 Charging

Technology & Range

As charging infrastructure improves, owning and driving an electric car will gradually become easier. Until then, BMW offers a variety of ways to charge the i3, making it a very flexible, easygoing EV compared to some of its rivals. The BMW Wallbox home charger can charge 80% of the battery in five hours, with a full charge coming in under six hours. Furthermore, public fast-charging stations can recharge 80% of the capacity in just 40 minutes. In a pinch, the i3 also comes equipped with an Occasional Use Cable that can plug into any normal household outlet for slow trickle-charging. The 42.2 kWh battery pack boasts a range of 153 miles, and an optional Range Extender two-cylinder gasoline engine can generate more power for longer trips and even bigger adventures.

BMW i3 Performance

Passion & Performance

The BMW i3 is tuned to take full advantage of the unique performance characteristics of an electric motor, providing immediate torque delivery. The performance-oriented BMW i3s can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in just 6.8 seconds, making it one of the quickest subcompact cars you can buy. Electric drivetrains offer much more flexibility in their packaging arrangements than traditional drivetrains, which allows the BMW i3 to boast an impressively low center of gravity. That low center of gravity, combined with its rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive configuration, offers sports-car handling never before seen in a subcompact city car. For those who demand the ultimate in performance and handling from their electric car, the BMW i3s sacrifices nothing.

BMW i3 Interior

Intelligent Interior

The interior of the BMW i3 proves that great things come in small packages. Luxury appointments, cutting-edge technology, reclaimed materials, and clever packaging combine to make the cabin of the i3 a wonderful place to spend time. Up to 36.9 cubic feet of cargo space is available, and rear-seat access is simple thanks to the rear-hinged doors and lack of a B-pillar. BMW iDrive 6 infotainment includes Apple CarPlay® integration, while luxury features like heated seats are standard. A wide range of interior materials are available that contribute to the unique luxury feel of the BMW i3, despite the fact that they are mostly recycled. Caring about the environment never felt this good – or looked so stylish.


Trims & Specs

BMW i3

BMW i3

  • Starting at $44,450 MSRP*
  • 168 horsepower electric motor
  • 153 mile range
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • BMW iDrive 6 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay®

BMW i3 w/ Range Extender

BMW i3 w/ Range Extender

  • Starting at $48,300 MSRP*
  • 168 horsepower electric motor w/ 2-cylinder gasoline range extender
  • 200 mile range
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • BMW iDrive 6 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay®

BMW i3s

BMW i3s

  • Starting at $47,650 MSRP*
  • 181 horsepower electric motor
  • 153 mile range
  • 20” wheels with performance tires
  • Lowered suspension and wide-track stance

BMW i3s w/ Range Extender

BMW i3s w/ Range Extender

  • Starting at $51,500 MSRP*
  • 181 horsepower electric motor w/ 2-cylinder gasoline range extender
  • 200 mile range
  • 20” wheels with performance tires
  • Lowered suspension and wide-track stance


*MSRP does not include destination & handling fee of $995, and excludes tax, title, license, and registration.