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BMW i3

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW i3



Running costs and reliability

As standard you get DC Rapid Charge preparation and Fast charging AC multi-phase capability, but the latest version on BMW’s ‘i Wallbox’ - it’s home charging station - allows fast charging at home with output of up to 11kW. That gives you a battery charged for a range of approximately 112 miles in under three hours – five times faster than with the standard charging cable. It can also be configured to allow for intelligent charging  - so it only charges up when electricity is cheap. Or, indeed from home-brewed solar energy. As far as tax breaks go, the i3 qualifies for everything from government purchase grants to road tax at £0 and the ability to creep through any city-based surcharge you care to mention. Residuals are tidy, and you can still be part of the BMW i scheme where you get to borrow a bigger car now and then as your needs dictate. BMW has managed to sell over 8,000 i3s, and it’s absolutely justified in that, even given the relatively hefty price tag.

BMW i3 cars we've tested

Here are all the road tests from the i3 range

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