2017 BMW i3

Electric cars are the big thing right now in the automotive world.  Electric cars seem to be the root of debate for every car enthusiast, tearing apart families (I might be exaggerating).

Generally, it is a popular notion that people who like electric cars either don’t know anything about cars, or are nerds.  The thing is, that electric cars seem to be a soon-to-be future that a lot of enthusiast don’t want to accept; myself included.

However, I do like the approach the popular German brand BMW has taken to all this green stuff.  The first hybrid they’ve created to really market this new technology comes in the form of the very impressive BMW i8.

The i8 is very popular among a lot of people because of how futuristic the design is.  And that is something I can’t even argue with.  The BMW i8 is very, very cool looking.

While the i8 starts at a (for most of us) staggering $130,000+, there is a little brother around called the BMW i3 for the rest.

The 2017 BMW i3 isn’t a sports car like the i8, but more of a city cruiser meant for the efficiency and luxury of a BMW.

The i3 is a fantastic car, and seems to get better every year.  No it’s not beautiful, but it is cool. It is, more importantly, a strong indicator of the future of transportation.  The hottest trend in the automotive industry.

The Specs-2017 BMW i3:

Vehicle Type: Compact Car
Power Plant: Two Electric motors
Gearbox: One Speed
Power: 170 HP
MPG: Up to 114 MPGe (Eco)
Torque: 184 lb-ft.
Length: 157 Inches
Width: 70 Inches
Height: 62 Inches
Wheelbase: 101 Inches
Top Speed: 95 MPH
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 7 seconds
Base Price: $43,000 (est).


The Exterior-2017 BMW i3:

2017 BMW i3

BMW has always had a bit of a conservative nature when it came to design, making very professional and sophisticated sedans and SUV’s.

One of the most iconic features on BMW’s vehicles is the kidney-shaped grilles that has dawned the front of every BMW since the dawn of time, and that stays true even on the full electric i-series like the i8 and the i3.

The 2017 BMW i3 takes  BMW’s design language to a different level.  The car has more in common with the i8 than any other BMW in the lineup, which is very interesting given how cohesive BMW’s design has been for years.  In some cases, it’s been hard to distinguish between models, but an i3 is an i3 here.

The front end is stubby, as there’s no engine in there (in some cases, the 3 cylinder engine is optional).  I do like how BMW kept the classic kidney grilles on the electric car, but worked them into a very cool shape and accented them in blue.  Very nice.

From the side, the 2017 BMW i3 has a very interesting profile.  There are all sorts of slashing and intrusive lines and structures, and BMW cut out a section of the rear window for what ever reason.  Possibly because the rear doors are suicide doors.

BMW i3 door

The i3 also features a floating roofline design, which we see on more and more cars these days.  It works well on the 2017 BMW i3 since it is a very modern looking element, which is exactly what the little cruiser is.

The rear end isn’t as nice to look at, as it just looks stubby and almost unfinished;  Kind of like an ipad screen in a way.

Overall, the 2017 BMW i3 has the looks of a perfect city cruiser.

The Interior-2017 BMW i3:

2017 BMW i3

I’ve heard many complaints about the interior’s of BMW’s.  The prevailing complaint being that they all look the same, which I kind of have to agree with.  BMW has the same idea throughout their whole line up, which does get a bit predictive.  But, the i3 is completely different.

The interior of the 2017 BMW i3 is awesome, if I can nail it down to one word.  The use of exotic woods and flowing lines make up just the beginning.  While there are clearly some BMW aspects at play like the big infotainment screen on the dashboard, the whole thing looks great.  Unless you get that little screen on the base model, which does look awfully out of place.

The steering wheel is a very cool two-spoke design that has a blue accent running through it, and a full digital dashboard display right behind it.

iDrive is a system we see in every single BMW out there, and it is alive inside the 2017 BMW i3.  Which even outside of a branding sense, the iDrive system works great and gets praise everywhere in the industry for being easy to use and easy to learn.

There are many different variants you can get inside the 2017 BMW i3, and the car wears them all very well.  I love the design, and the materials feel great and look great.

The Performance-2017 BMW i3:

BMW gives the 2017 i3 a range of just over 100 miles on a single charge, and a bit closer to 200 miles per charge with the addition of the range extender, which is a small 3-cylinder engine.

For a city commuter, the 2017 i3 is perfect.  You probably won’t need to travel more than 100 miles very often, so the range is perfectly fine.

0-60 is done in 6.5 or 7 seconds depending on who you ask.  Either way, the i3 is plenty quick for an electric city car with 170 HP from its electric motors.

Sum It Up:

Electric cars are getting to be a very interesting spectacle. BMW and all the other manufactures entering the race have a steep hill to climb,  but the i3 seems to be a perfect indication of where we are headed with electric vehicles for the city.

The 2017 BMW i3 is currently in dealers, and starts around $43,000.



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