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BMW i3s

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RM 278,800
i3s Price
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i3s Specs
Power 181 hp
Transmission Type Automatic
Seating Capacity 4 Seats
Driver Airbag Yes
Air Conditioner Yes
Power Steering Yes
Ground Clearance 140 mm
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i3s Pros & Cons

Things We Like in i3s

Futuristic looks

Technologies on board

Things We Dont Like in i3s

Back seat space

High maintenance cost

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When BMW launched the i3s in the market at the 2019 Malaysian Autoshow, the German carmaker became the first premium brand to introduce an all-electric vehicle in Malaysia. This car is based on the BMW iLife Drive architecture where the body is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Powering the i3s is an e-motor which gets a lithium-ion battery that can produce a power output of 181 hp and a torque of 270 Nm. Safety kit includes a rear-view camera, Park Distance Control, Active Cruise Control, Traffic Jam Assistant etc. The BMW i3s is available in five different colours and at a price tag of RM 278,800.

BMW i3s 2020 Price List

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BMW i3s Electric RM 278,800 *
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181 hp, Automatic , 4 Seats, Electric
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BMW i3s Colors

i3s is available in 5 different colors - Melbourne Red Metallic W/Frozen Grey Accent, Capparis White W/Frozen Blue Accent, Mineral Grey Metallic W/Frozen Blue Accent, Imperial Blue Metallic W/Frozen Grey Accent and Fluid Black W/Highlight BMW I Blue.

  • Melbourne Red Metallic W/Frozen Grey Accent

  • Capparis White W/Frozen Blue Accent

  • Mineral Grey Metallic W/Frozen Blue Accent

  • Imperial Blue Metallic W/Frozen Grey Accent

  • Fluid Black W/Highlight BMW I Blue

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BMW i3s Review

  • Overview
  • Interior & Features
  • Exterior
  • Ride & Handling
  • Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Braking & Safety
  • Verdict

Overview

One of the most innovative cars to come out of production floors of BMW in the last decade, the i3s holds the title of being of the very first mass-oriented electric cars to go on sale. With its concept like design, which is practical at the same time, and excellent technologies on board, the BMW i3s is one of the most affordable electric cars from a luxury car maker. The BMW i3s is available in Malaysia in one single paint shade of Black.

Interior & Features

The BMW i3s, thankfully, mirrors its concept design both on the outside and inside. While the cabin layout is traditionally BMW-ish, there are some design cues which make it look like a car from the future.

The two-spoke steering wheel might look simple, however, the tablet-like fully digital rectangular instrument console behind it makes up for a great driver’s cockpit. Same design goes for the centrally mounted rectangular touch screen infotainment system as well, which houses all the modern connectivity options and features.

The centre console as well as the top dashboard layer has a simple flair and doesn’t look outlandish at all. The inverted trapezoidal layout of the AC system looks cool, with the vents below and the buttons for automatic climate control above it. The multi-layer, as well as dual tone theme for the dashboard, is something which sets apart the cabin of the i3s from other BMWs pretty well.

While the i3s looks big on the outside, the space inside is not that impressive. It gets a substantially large and usable boot, however, the legroom and knee room at the rear are good.

Exterior

It has been a long time since the BMW i3s is in its existence, but even today, its design stays smart and futuristic enough to put the latest car launches to shame. Breaking the norm of other BMW offerings, this electric hatchback has many design cues which are exclusive to it in the entire BMW lineup.

Starting from the front, the BMW i3s comes with the traditional BMW double kidney grille, which here is finished in piano black and gets chrome surrounds. The short nose and high bumper with blue highlights at the bottom give it some visual mass, while the sleek LED headlamps give it a premium appeal at the front.

It is the side profile of the BMW i3s which is the most striking and unique angle to look at. The i3s is the only car in BMW lineup to get suicide doors, with a massive kink for the rear door window which is positioned a bit lower. The upswept and hunkered down stance at the rear quarter gives the i3s its own unique identity.

The door handles for only the front with that of the rear hidden making the side profile look very sporty. The sporty looking machined alloy wheels look premium and go well with the concept car like identity of the i3s.

At the rear, the BMW i3s again looks quite distinctive with a full glossy black rear hatch panel, which integrates slim but block shaped LED tail lamps.

Ride & Handling

The BMW i3s might not be as sport-oriented in terms of driving dynamics as compared to other sedans and coupes from BMW. However, where it really shines is the city maneuverability due to balanced dimensions and supple ride quality, thanks to the rather soft suspension setup.

Engine & Fuel Consumption

Ditching the traditional gasoline-powered engines from BMW’s family, the i3S gets an exclusive-for-it all-electric powertrain. Under the hood, the BMW i3s gets a 42.2kWh battery comprising of 8 modules with 12 cells each. This battery gives the i3s a total maximum usable range of 245 kms, which is really commendable. The BMW i3s is capable of covering the 0-100 kmph sprint in just 6.9 seconds.

Braking & Safety

The BMW i3s, being a car focused for future mobility, has been equipped with the best possible safety features and driving aids. The list of such equipment here comprises of front, side, and knee airbags, seat belts with automatic locking retractors, Active Driving Assistant with Surround View, Speed Limit Info, Frontal Collision Warning, Pedestrian Protection and City Collision Mitigation, BMW Assist eCall which includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC).

Verdict

Breaking the norm from other BMWs, the i3s is not that traditional BMW which can quench your thrust of driving to the apex. Instead, it shows you the future of mobility on wheels with its futuristic design and technologies onboard. This urban-oriented car is perfect for those who are looking to make their urban commutes special while standing out from the crowd.

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    Afan Nov 19, 2019 for BMW i3s

    Since Tesla is adamant about entering Malaysia anytime soon, the BMW i3s was probably the best bet that I could make for now. So, how is the BMW i3s then? To begin with, the BMW i3s is just not as appealing as some other electric cars out there. The days of bald looking electric cars are gone, aren’t they? BMW Read More

BMW i3s FAQ

What are the Safety Features Available in BMW i3s?

The safety features available in BMW i3s Below:

Feature Value
Driver Airbag Yes
Passenger Airbag Yes
Side Airbag-Front Yes
Child Safety Locks Yes
Anti-Lock Braking System Yes
Brake Assist Yes
Ebd Yes
Vehicle Stability Control System Yes
Rear Seat Belts Yes
Seat Belt Warning Yes
Day & Night Rear View Mirror Yes
Rear Camera Yes
Parking Sensors Yes
Crash Sensor Yes
Front Impact Beams Yes
Side Impact Beams Yes
Door Ajar Warning Yes
Traction Control Yes
What are the Dimensions of BMW i3s?

Below are the Dimensions of BMW i3s:

Feature Value
Ground Clearance 140 mm
Seating Capacity 4 Seats
Length 4020 mm
Width 1775 mm
Height 1598 mm
Wheel Base 2570 mm
Front Tread 1572 mm
Rear Tread 1574 mm
No Of Doors 4
What is the Engine Capacity of BMW i3s?

BMW i3s comes with 1 variants. The Top variant Electric:

Engine Specification
Power 181 hp

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