BMW i3s (2018)

BMW i3s (2018)

The BMW i3s is the sportier sibling. Although the original i3 is anything but sluggish, if you want something with a bit more oomph, the i3s ups the ante with sharper handling and faster acceleration. A broader, more aggressive stance and a lower setting enable the car to zip in and out of traffic at a startling pace. While maintaining the bold, futuristic aesthetics of the original, the i3s provides an energetic alternative. However, this lively driving style comes at a cost – range cost.

Electric Range

177 Miles

Avg Cost per Charge


Battery Size

42 Kwh

3.7Kw Charge

12 Hours

Connector Type

Type 2

Rapid Charge

Yes CCS Max 50kW

OLEV Approved


Vehicle Type

Battery Electric

Charging a BMW i3s

The i3s has a battery size of 42.2kWh, just the same as the i3; however, its official WLTP range comes in at 177 miles in comparison to 188 for the standard model. Despite the battery size being precisely the same, the i3s compromises its range capabilities for a more spirited drive.

Charging times will, of course, vary based on the power of the charger; a 7kW home charger, for example, will take a little over 6 hours to charge from 0% to 100%, providing an approximate range per hour of 31 miles*.

The BMW i3s has a CCS connector option enabling you to make use of the rapid charging network that is expanding across the UK. Plugged into a 50kW charging station, the BMW i3 will charge from 0-80% in 40 minutes.

Note: It is worth highlighting here that the BMW i3s has a max DC rate of 50kW, this means if you plugged into a 100kW charger, you would still be charging at 50kW. Its max AC rate is 11kW, again, if you plugged into a 22kW AC charger, the battery will charge at 11kW.

Charging Times**:

  • 2.1kW (3-pin plug) = 16 hours for 0-80%
  • 7.4kW = 6 hours for 0-100%
  • 11kW = 4 hours for 0-100%
  • 50kW = 40 mins for 20-80%

*Based on WLTP range

**Charging times are estimates and will vary depending on factors such as the charger in use and temperature of the battery.

Benefits of owning a BMW i3s

Classified as a BEV, the BMW i3s produces zero emissions which results in several benefits. Road tax, Ultra Low Emission Zones and London Congestion Charge all come in at an attractive £0. In addition to regular and yearly savings, the new i3s qualifies for the OLEV Plug-in car and Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grants.

Considered one of BMW’s most innovative designs, every drive feels like the future… a sustainable future.

What are people saying about the BMW i3s?

The i3s is a sportier version of what was already a pretty sporty car. Just like its original sibling, the i3s offers a quiet and lightly controlled drive. The real difference shows in its speed. The i3s is fast. Navigating city traffic suddenly becomes fun and almost exciting in this car.

If losing out on a few miles of range seems like a fair compromise for a high-spirited drive, then the i3s is the car for you. Its go-kart handling, impressive turning circle and compact size make this a fantastic city car. The regenerative braking can be a little aggressive and may take some getting used to; nevertheless, if you often find yourself driving through busy towns and city centres, the i3s is bound to make your commute considerably more enjoyable.

In addition to a swift and superior driving experience, inside the BMW i3s is where it comes into its own. Easily and comfortably accommodating four passengers; the rear suicide doors, eco-friendly materials, novel textures and playful colour options create a luxurious yet practical interior setting. The i3s is not just sustainable in its fuel source; this is a car for the eco-warriors with recycled and reusable materials appearing throughout the design, setting itself apart from others in the category.

Whether you opt for the standard or s model, it’s challenging to find an i3 owner who has something critical to say about it. Despite nearing middle age, this supermini remains relevant, popular and continues to exude engineering ingenuity. Each update merely tinkers with the mechanics, such as battery size, but the quirky design, agile drive and eco-conscious construct remain; why reinvent something that works?