i3 Car Leasing & Contract Hire
The BMW i3 electric car was updated in 2018 and is available as a pure electric plug-in with a range of 182 miles according to WLTP testing, or an extended range hybrid that reverts to the petrol engine when the battery is flat. With 168bhp, the i3 offers lively performance, and for improved driving dynamics, BMW now offers the 184bhp i3S. Whichever version you are interested in, we have competitive lease deals on all models. Use our leasing calculator to get an instant online quote and order online.
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Complete Care Terms and Conditions
Complete Care is available to drivers aged between 21-70 with no more than 2 “at fault” claims in the last 2 years and no more than 6 points on driving licence. The driver must not have been subject to a driving ban in the last 5 years and must have held a full UK/EU licence for at least one 1 year. Prices are based on the postcode of the customer. 72% of our customers would qualify for the advertised price however a confirmed rate will be sent in writing upon request.
In the event of an incident resulting in damage, loss or theft to the vehicle, the customer will be required to pay an excess known as a Customer Incident Charge (CIC) if they are found to be “at fault”. The CIC varies depending on the number of “at fault” incidents for the vehicle and is an escalating charge as follows:
- First incident is £250
- Second incident £350
- Third and subsequent incidents £750
If a repair is lower than the CIC, then the customer will only be charged for the loss, also known as a Customer Elected Payment (CEP).
Full eligibility criteria, restrictions and policy exclusions are available upon request.
Why Lease The i3?
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BMW i3 Review 2021
Part of BMW’s ‘i’ electric line-up, this innovative and funky city car continues to impress with its bespoke design, impressive performance and fun-to-drive aesthetics, taking on rivals such as the Nissan LEAF, Renault Zoe and Volkswagen ID.3 in an increasingly competitive market.
Our BMW i3 review covers:
BMW i3 Key Features
- Contemporary exterior design with swept-back headlamps and metallic blue trim
- Futuristic interior with upmarket materials and 10-inch infotainment screen as standard
- 260-litre boot with 50:50 split rear seats
- 42.2kWh battery and an electric motor for 168bhp or 181bhp
- Two versions to choose from, including the standard i3 and sportier i3s
Design and Practicality
With its tall and narrow proportions, swept-back headlamps, heavily sculpted body panels and metallic blue trim on the grille and lower sills, the BMW i3 certainly stands out from more conventional city cars on the market. The i3’s unique body style also helps keep weight to a minimum and increase interior space for driver and passengers.
Despite its compact dimensions, the i3’s clever design makes this unique city car feel roomy inside. Space at the front is generous, thanks to the movement of the gear selector to the steering column instead of between the seats. There are also plenty of neat storage options, including a glovebox with a top opening lid, armrest storage, cup-holders and cargo nets.
At the back, the i3 only has two seats in the back, although both have an Isofix child seat mounting point, making it easier to secure a child car seat. The rear seats also fold flat in a 50:50 configuration, making for extra room when required.
At 260-litres, the i3’s boot is just about big enough for a modest load of weekly groceries, but overall, the Renault Zoe and Nissan LEAF offer more in the way of practicality. That said, the boot floor itself is flat, and there’s no awkward lip to lift items over, growing the load capacity to 1,100 litres with the seats folded down.
Interior and Trims
Inside, the i3’s futuristic feel continues with its airy interior, imaginatively designed dashboard and upmarket materials. The controls are beautifully laid out with BMW’s brilliant iDrive 10-inch infotainment screen offered as standard. Where possible, BMW has also used recycled materials to enhance the vehicle’s eco-friendliness further. All of this adds up to a level of interior quality that puts some more expensive EVs, such as the Tesla Model 3, to shame.
There are two versions to choose from - the standard i3 or the sportier i3s. BMW offers several packages and options instead of trim levels, with interior trim choices, sorted into four ‘worlds’: Atelier, Loft, Lodge and Suite.
Standard equipment includes a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, automatic air conditioning, Apple CarPlay, heated front seats and BMW’s ‘Professional’ navigation system. You can also add optional extras, including a park-assist package, an electric glass sunroof and a Harman Kardon sound system.
Power and Performance
The i3 is powered by a 42.2kWh battery and an electric motor for 168bhp and a range of 188 miles on the standard i3, or 181bhp and a 175-mile range on the sportier i3s.
The electric motor sends its power to the rear wheels for a more composed drive regardless of which model you choose. The electric motor’s instant torque also makes for rapid acceleration, achieving a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds – or 6.9 seconds in the more powerful i3s – and a top speed of between 93mph to 99mph.
Out on the road, the i3 is infused with BMW’s fun driving experience. The steering feels responsive and agile, and the tight turning circle is ideally suited for city life, allowing you to slip into tight parking spots with ease.
Unfortunately, the i3 isn’t quite as comfortable on the road as the Zoe or the LEAF, its stiff suspension and large alloy wheels highlighting any bumps in the road. Wind and tyre noise also increases at high speeds on the motorway.
Leasing vs Buying
Prices for the new BMW i3 start from £33,900.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month.
Thinking of going green for 2021? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has some fantastic car leasing deals on a wide range of electric cars, including the BMW i3. Our lease deals include the full manufacturer’s warranty, road tax, breakdown cover, and free mainland GB delivery, direct to your door (exclusions apply).
*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer.
BMW i3 FAQs
Prices for the new BMW i3 start from £33,900.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month with Nationwide Vehicle Contracts.
Please be aware that our BMW i3 lease deals change regularly, so if you see a BMW i3 leasing deal you are interested in, be sure to register your interest early to ensure you don’t miss out!
*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change, always check with your nearest retailer.
Yes, the BMW i3 is a fully-electric car. It is powered by a 42.2kWh battery and an electric motor to drive the rear wheels.
As a pure electric car, the BMW i3 will need to be plugged into a EV charging unit (such as a home, work or public EV charger) to take electricity from the grid.
You can find out more about how electric cars work in our handy electric car guide.
You can charge the BMW i3 using a slow (3kW), fast (7kW) or rapid (50kW) EV charger. Charging costs vary depending on the type of charge unit used.
Using a home 7kW charger (on a 14 p/kWh domestic tariff), the BMW i3 will cost around £4.62 to charge from empty to full. This equates to a cost per mile of 3.2 p/mile.
Using a public 50kW rapid charger (on a 30 p/kWh tariff), the BMW i3 will cost £7.92 to charge from full to 80% charge. This equates to a cost per mile of 5.4 p/mile
These fuel costs compare favourably with 12-15 p/mile for conventional petrol and diesel cars.
You can read more about how much it costs to charge an electric car in our Electric Car Charging Costs guide.
The BMW i3 has a range of 190 miles for the standard i3, or 173 miles on the sportier i3s.
BMW no longer sells hybrid ‘range extender’ models, which used three-cylinder petrol engines to charge the battery on the move.
Interested in an electric car? View our electric cars with the longest range guide for a list of cars with a range of up to 370 miles on a single charge.