2016 BMW i3 Values

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2016 model year changes

The BMW i3 gets only minor changes for 2016. A few new colors are available, as is a new special edition, the BMW i3 Shadow Sport. The primary changes for the Shadow Sport edition include stiffer springs and dampers as well as a sunroof, a first for the BMW i3.

Competitive comparison

Small footprint; electric drivetrain; efficient usage of space; good driving dynamics; full of cutting-edge technology

Special features for 2016

The BMW i3 is part of the new wave of electric and hybrid cars that are becoming more and more popular in the U.S. The i3 has relatively compact external dimensions, but still has a very usable cabin with surprising amounts of interior space. Standard equipment levels are high and the i3 generally aims to compete in the compact premium segment, offering buyers plenty of luxury features in a car that is perhaps a little smaller than the traditional luxury cars of old. Of course, the electric drivetrain is what really separates the i3 from its competitors. In standard form, it offers a combination of usable range and remarkably fast charging times. With the optional range extender equipped, the system offers functionality similar to other hybrid cars on the market such as the Chevrolet Volt. The i3 uses a range-extending gasoline engine exclusively as a generator, providing electric power to the rear wheel motors. The i3 base price starts at under $43,000, while versions equipped with a range extender start at around $46,000.
The BMW i3 offers seating for four and three trim levels. The base model is well outfitted and offers 19” alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lamps and automated LED headlamps, automated windshield wipers, automated climate control, heated and powered front seating, faux leather upholstery, 50/50 split and fold rear seating, tilt and telescope steering wheel, Bluetooth/iPod/USB integration, 6.5” touchscreen console, GPS and basic audio system with HD radio. Upgrades can add larger wheels, remote start, leather upholstery, collision mitigation system, 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and more. Powering this vehicle is a 125-kilowatt electric paired to a 22-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery pack, able to make 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.