The all-electric BMW i3 is a true industry leader. As BMW’s debut zero-emissions model for the mass market, it was one of the first luxury EVs available in Europe when it started production in 2013. Don’t be fooled, though: the i3 is far from a vintage model. Its clean, futuristic design and powerful battery make it a strong contender in today’s market, too.
The i3 is a great option for ecology-conscious drivers who want to benefit from BMW’s trademark luxury feel and exceptional design. And if you’re leasing the i3 for business, you’ll pay 1% in Benefit in Kind tax in 2021/2022 – rising to just 2% from 2022 onwards.
The BMW i3 may look unobtrusive from the outside, but the interior is another matter. With lightweight, streamlined seats, a deep and generously shaped dash, and high-resolution digital displays, driving the i3 is like piloting your own spacecraft. Thanks to the iDrive touch controller, you can use the infotainment system without relying on the touchscreen. You can also access most of the i3’s internal features using the digital display on the dashboard centre screen.
Performance & range
The i3’s performance is one of its many strong points. With 170 horsepower, the standard model accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 7.3 seconds.
Depending on the specific model you choose, the BMW i3 has an expected driving range of up to 153 miles on a single charge. You can charge your i3 at home using a conventional socket in less than three hours. If you’re on the road, you’ll find a huge network of public charging points all across Europe. The newest BMW i3 can be charged to 80% in 40 minutes if you choose a Rapid Charging station.
If the BMW i3 appeals but you’d like to explore other choices for your EV lease, there are several direct competitors to this very popular model. The Nissan Leaf is another reliable and high-performing compact car similar to the i3. You might also want to look at the Kia Niro and the Renault Zoe.
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