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The Top Gear car review:BMW i3

£30,925£46,595
9/10
Overall verdict
BMW has built the best electric car on sale. Yay, going green CAN be fun.
 

For: 

Groundbreaking electric car that’s as good to drive as a trad BMW should be

Against: 

A step too far for some, but otherwise there's precious little against it

Overview

What is it?

BMW has sat down and burned the sustainably-produced midnight oil to create the most revolutionary mainstream electric car yet. Oh, and for those who aren’t yet ready to commit to full EV, it’s also built a range extender i3 too. And how revolutionary? Well, passengers sit in a carbon fibre ‘life cell’, all the electrical bits sit lower down, and the whole four-adult-seats-plus-decent-boot package sits within an overall length less than four metres long. That’s revolutionary.

BMW calls it a ‘megacity’ car and has even invented a new brand to sell it under - i. The i3 is a breakthrough that makes the Nissan Leaf suddenly seem a bit old fashioned…

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
5dr Auto
7.2s 0g/km 170 £30,925
The cheapest
5dr Auto
7.2s 0g/km 170 £30,925
The greenest
5dr Auto
7.2s 0g/km 170 £30,925
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