bmw i3 lease

2014 BMW i3 Lease
$
275
/Mo.

$4574 Due at Signing

(Excludes tax, title, license and registration fees. Range Extender MODEL) Miles: 20,000

MSRP $47,025


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Lease Details
Payment Breakdown: BMW is offering a lease of a 2014 i3 with Range Extender available to customers who qualify. You will pay $549 a month for 36 months for total lease payments of $19,764 plus a $3500 cash down payment, a $925 destination and handling fee and a $500 security deposit for a total of $24,464 (plus fees, taxes, dealer charges, etc.) for the lease term.

Mileage: This 2014 BMW i3 lease comes with 30,000 miles over the life of the lease. Any additional miles driven over the allotted 30,000 is charged at $0.25 per mile. So even if you drove 1000 miles over the 30,000 you would only be charged an additional $250 for the extra miles driven.

End of Lease: Once your lease is up you will have the option to purchase the car at a predetermined price or you can simply return the car to the dealer and lease your next vehicle. Keep in mind that you will be charged for any unusual wear and tear and for all additional mileage driven over the allotted amount.

Fine Print: There are lease rates are SPECULATION based on lease calculations. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. All figures are provided as an example of a lease. Calculations based on $500 Security Deposit (maybe required), $925 Destination & Handling Fee, $3,000 Cash Down Payment, $4,808 Total due at signing (excludes fees, taxes and dealer charges).

The Foreign Report
The BMW i3 is a game changer in the automotive world. It is more than just an electric car, although 100 miles of gas and emission free operation is the main selling point. The body is made from reinforced carbon fiber that is both lightweight and strong, the rear doors open “suicide” style, and there is an option motorcycle engine option that works as a range extending generator. Yet the BMW i3 is still out of reach for many due to the over $40k price tag. So why not lease the i3 electric car. There are no published rates and the rumor mill is quoting astronomical prices, we ran the numbers her at AutoDealio and this lease price is what we have calculated.

The BMW i3 is an electric vehicle with five doors and four seats measuring 3.99 meters in length. There are two versions, one with 170 hp electric motor and one with the same engine plus another combustion, two-cylinder, to increase autonomy (this engine can not drive the wheels). In both versions the traction is on the rear wheels. The first version is called the BMW i3 and BMW i3 second-REX REX comes from the English ‘Range Extender’, ie ‘Extender Autonomy’ -. In km77.com we tested the version that takes only the electric motor.

This vehicle stands out for its smooth operation and dynamic qualities. The engine produces no vibration, is very quiet and deliver hardly force delay from the instant the accelerator is depressed. The i3 can gain speed very quickly, but always at the cost of several kilometers of autonomy. It can vary from almost 200 miles and less than 70, depending on the type of driving that is practiced and comfort devices are activated. It has an accelerator that produces much restraint as to be dropping (a circumstance that is used to charge the battery) and to be adapted to drive smoothly without sharp deceleration. The suspension is firm, makes the body has little sway on curves and properly isolate the uneven surface, although not as well as a Renault Zoe ( more information on driving impressions ).

The total capacity of the lithium-ion battery is 22 kWh and 18.8 kWh helpful. Energy consumption is stated by BMW kWh/100 12.9 km according to the new European test cycle (NEDC). For comparison, the Renault Zoe has a lithium ion battery with a capacity of 22 kWh useful and an average consumption of 14.6 km kWh/100. The charging time of the battery depends on the system used. At home in a conventional plug, the time is, according to BMW, eight hours. For about 700 euros (700 euros plus another installation) BMW sells the wall box, faster than the previous system to recharge the batteries.

BMW has made the i3 is a light vehicle despite its condition electric car. Its mass 1270 kg, is much lower than the Nissan Leaf , Renault Zoe and Renault Fluence ZE This lightness is achieved partly through the use of carbon fiber (more information in the section Technical Information ).
There are three types of car use: “COMFORT”, “ECO PRO” and “ECO PRO + ‘. The ‘ECO PRO’ mode allows for increased autonomy compared to 20 kilometers “COMFORT” mode, while the ‘ECO PRO +’ implies an additional 20 kilometers. These additional mileages are achieved only when the program operation is used from the start of the tour and the battery pack. They are fuel reserves. You can not get to 146 km route in “COMFORT” mode and push the button to advance to ‘ECO PRO +’ and have 40 kilometers of additional autonomy.

The extended-range BMW i3 combustion engine uses a two-cylinder 650 cc, with which the battery is recharged. With this additional tank engine and nine liters of petrol that goes on the front axle, autonomy is approximately 350 kilometers, with the advantage that you can refuel at any gas station every few miles if necessary for the long haul.

The interior of the i3 has a modern and practical look, how easy it is to control all the functions available and the number of holes that you can put anything. The body of the i3 rises 1.58 meters above the ground, almost the same as a Ford B-MAX and Hyundai ix20 , but the available height inside the car is closer to the passenger cars of similar length-as a Ford Fiesta or Peugeot 208 – that’s MPV cited and the like. The four persons accommodated in the i3 have more space available than in most small hatchback cars, but its trunk is smaller (260 liters more information on impressions of the interior ).

In our database, the i3 is the only minivan with a length between 3.8 and 4.3 meters with an engine of more than 145 hp.

The BMW i3 is for sale for 35 500 euros with battery included. In other electric cars available today, the battery is brand ownership and you must rent it. Is the case of Renault Zoe (from 21 250 euros) or Renault Fluence ZE (26 600 euros). For the Nissan Leaf, the customer can choose from the above formula (in this case the price of the car is 24 000 euros) or acquire property battery (total price is 29 900 euros). In this comparative record , rates i3 alternatives include government discount 5500 euros, which is no longer in effect.

The BMW i3 REX is on sale from 39,990 euros. There is no comparable model in the market for body size and characteristics of the propulsion system. Most are like the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera . Both models are clearly larger than the i3 (measuring 4.49 meters in length), but are also limited to four people and their luggage were much larger (310 liters). The Ampera is available from 38 300 euros and 600 euros from 47 Volt.

Standard equipment includes the i3 climate control, rear parking aid sensors, tire pressure monitoring, stability control, navigator, USB input devices and alloy wheels. As an option there are elements such as heated seats, the alert involuntary change lanes, rear view camera, metallic paint and keyless access and starting. Ledes headlights are also an option; Series comes with a halogen (H7 bulbs) and can not have xenon. Another option is an air conditioning system based on the principle of the heat pump (only the 100% electric version), whose energy consumption is 30% less than a conventional system.

For the interior there are four sets of decoration. Named as follows: “Atelier” (that is what comes standard), “Loft” (1500 euros), “Lodge” (2000 euros) and “Suite” (3000 euros). They differ in color schemes, decorative moldings, upholstered seats and door trims and roof.
Like many electric vehicles, BMW has developed applications to control the condition of the car from the phone or tablet. More information on this topic in Section multimedia system .
The front doors of i3 are large, but not heavy. The rear are much smaller, can only be opened once the front are open and in them the belts are installed front passengers. You can access to the rear seats without occupants of the front off the vehicle, but they must remove the seat belt to give free passage. In this video there is more information on access to the passenger compartment.

There is no fixed center stile, are themselves backdoors that make that function. The absence of post when the doors open leaves more room to get inside, but the doorway is 50 cm high-to-ground and you have to overcome that hurdle before entering. The height between the bottom and top of the door frame is 95 inches, just as there are in a Volkswagen Golf-6th generation model with which we made the long-term test -. Thus, while the i3 has minivan aspect, access to the rear seats is more awkward than in any of the carriers of similar size. It is also more uncomfortable than a conventional five-door tourism, but more comfortable than one with three.

The interior of the i3 is bright and gives a sense of spaciousness. The seats in the front seats are comfortable, although during the first few miles I missed a little wider or softer sidewalls (circumstance to which I soon got used) bench. You can adjust the angle of the backrest and the seat height, but you can not adjust the lumbar support. Although the headrest does not have any regulation, to me, I measure 1.85 meters tall, I was well located. The adjustments to the steering wheel height and depth are wide.

The steering wheel, size and thickness, and position of the controls located around seem very achieved. Behind the wheel is a command used to start the car and select the direction of travel (forward or backward, image ). All instrumentation is a 6.5-inch screen, the information is always visible regardless of the position of the sun ( picture ). Provides information, among other things, speed, power consumption, autonomy and mileage. There is also a graph showing how much energy is being used and how much is recovering at every moment.

At the top center of the dashboard is a display of 10.25 inches. It all information relating to navigation, audio system, vehicle configuration and other data that give a wealth of information in the section shown multimedia system . This screen also looks great under any circumstances. Between the seats is a circular knob and buttons with which the screen is handled. Next to this is the command that activates and deactivates the parking brake and another button to switch between different driving modes ( image , more information about them on driving impressions ).
Although the dashboard has a futuristic and unconventional design, practical. First, because all controls are easily accessible from the cockpit and handle the main functions demand little attention and, second, because there are plenty of holes, large and useful. For example, let the doors comfortably carry more bottles of one liter, under the front armrest leave a deep hole where many objects (keys, wallets, mobile phones) and the space below the screen Central also accepted things, but not having an adherent can fly away if a curve is taken with some speed. The glove box is just the right size to carry documentation car, manual, high visibility vest and a box of spare lights.

A lot of the materials used are recycled, as the entire top of the dashboard and doors, as well as seat covers, made with recycled polyester-or produced by techniques of environmentally friendly manufacturing environment-as some of the wood trim that are used as ornamental. Feeling left is good and pleasing to the eye and touch. Furthermore, it appears that all parts are well fitted together because cracks are seen on solid when driving in poor condition.
The space available for the two rear passenger space is right ( inside measurements ). The hollow leg is the same as a Subaru Trezia , slightly higher than a Citroën C3 Picasso and slightly smaller than a Honda Jazz . The head height available permits persons to 1.90 meters tall can travel well if you do not feel completely upright. The width is enough for two adults traveling undisturbed by contact between his arms. Compared to passenger cars of about 4.0 meters long and five doors, the i3 goes well saved legroom and head, not width, and also most of these cars has five seats ( comparison chart ).

The rear seat headrests are adjustable in height and can also be folded to increase the visibility of the driver to to back. The rear windows are fixed, you can not lose. In each of the two rear ISOFIX seats there.

The trunk has a volume of 260 liters. Have regular shapes and is easy to take advantage of all available space. However, it is small relative to other MPV car type. On a Come KIA and Hyundai ix20 has 440 liters, while the Citroën C3 Picasso there are 385 liters ( comparative listing ). Regarding equivalent passenger length, a MINI Countryman has more trunk (350 l) and a Renault Zoe (338 liters) ( comparative listing ). An Audi A1 Sportback has a slightly larger trunk (270 liters). The load sill is 77 inches off the ground, which is a lot.

The trunk has no double bottom, but a series of elastic and velcro straps to hold objects. The seats can be folded 50:50. In this position, a surface is completely horizontal load and can carry objects up to 1.63 meters if the front passenger seat as far forward as possible moves.
On the front of the car where the hood is usually found on cars with combustion engine, there is a small gap where puncture repair kit, the i3 does not have and can not have spare wheel is stored, a pair of triangles signaling, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher and charger.
Driving this vehicle has no complexity, but subtle features that are easy to adjust. To start you have to depress the brake pedal and press the “Start / Stop” button on the TV remote that’s just behind the right side of the steering wheel . After pressing it, it sounds a short melody and the word “READY” is displayed on the instrumentation: the car is ready to move, but no sound.
In the said satellite control, a lever with three positions (D, N and R), must be moved forward, the D, to move forward, or backward to the R, to rewind. At the top of the satellite is a button with the letter P to immobilize the car.

In the first meters I walked with the i3 were two things that surprised me: the silence of movement-something common in electric cars, the feeling I have experienced several times, but today I still find it surprising and very nice- and, particularly, the operation of the accelerator pedal. Noise I speak a few paragraphs below. Now I will focus on the accelerator.
The accelerator pedal is one of the peculiarities of the i3, perhaps the most remarkable, because I’ve never tested a car that retained both lift your foot of the pedal. BMW calls this system “One Pedal Feeling” and retention produced is such that on occasion the brake lights are lit to warn other drivers that the car is slowing significantly. During these phases of retention, the electric motor acts as a generator to charge the battery. The brake system is completely disconnected from the charging of the battery, depress the brake pedal does not imply increased energy recovery.

The truth is that, after that brief adaptation period, driving becomes very simple and the task of metering the pressure on the accelerator for a smooth ride and not without hitches requires extra concentration. If, for any reason, you want to release the throttle and not have withholding, you can place the change in neutral (N) and the car moves with inertia you have.
Engine performance is excellent, and delivery of push force. Da 170 horsepower maximum, they feel like an intense and almost constant pressure from 0 to 150 km / h, the maximum speed is limited. In fact, there are times that the i3 feels unnecessarily fast for the environment to which is limited by the autonomy of its battery. The engine produces no vibration and almost instantaneous responds to the accelerator pedal.

So, it has taken 5.6 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km / h. This is less than what it takes cars as diverse as a BMW 320d 184 hp (5.8 s), an Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo 180 hp (5.7 s) and a Porsche Cayenne 299 hp (5.8 s). Of all the carriers we tested in km77.com currently on sale, which is the closest Mercedes-Benz B 200 BlueEFFICIENCY 156 hp (5.7 s). The Ford B-MAX 1.0 EcoBoost 120 hp (MPV like the i3 faster size we tested, comparative table of benefits ) needs 8.8 s.

Even more surprising is the acceleration capacity of less than 100 km / h. For example, 20 to 100 km / h accelerates faster than a BMW X5 xDrive 258 hp. From a standing start, reaching 50 km / h in 2.9 seconds.

The suspension is pulling i3 firm but not uncomfortable. The i3 has a dynamic response that makes your driving a rewarding activity. His body sways slightly on the brakes and strong acceleration, and sudden changes in support, where it feels nimble and quick to follow the driver’s instructions. Certainly, the direction-neither hard nor soft, very nice touch and very precisely reinforces the feeling of driving a sporty driving quickly to the vehicle.

The tires on the test unit had a size of 155/70 front and 175/60 rear (always with 19-inch wheels), which produces barely perceptible rolling noise inside. This equipment tire is an option in pure-electric i3 series has four tires identical dimensions: 155/70 R19, and comes standard on the i3 REX. The make and model of tires Bridgestone Ecopia EP500 was.

I’ve driven the i3 dry and wet and has not seemed to me that these tires so narrow condition the i3 in city driving. In roundabouts and turns streets give a good grip and when the tire is near its limit of adhesion, the stability control intervenes quickly. If the asphalt is dry, it is rare power loss occur, unless the intentionally provoke, for example, turning direction and stop stepping on, as it gets with most cars. In wet can give slight loss of traction when accelerating hard and the white lines signaling or steps are depressed zebra-although, again, same thing happens in a car combustion engine with a similar power -. In any case, the traction control intervenes to correct properly the possible path deviation.

This stability can not be disconnected, although leaving it in a less restrictive intermediate position whose purpose is to improve traction on slushy areas or when driving with chains.
Just as I could not measure the benefits in the usual test track, I could not do the same with braking. In addition, the track was wet. Thus, the i3 has needed 55.9 meters to a full stop from 120 km / h. This result indicates that the car has a proper deceleration capability.The i3 has qualities that make it very suitable for city traffic. Among them are a good outward visibility at all angles, fast direction -2.5 turns between stops-and small diameter turning -9.9 meters between walls, virtually the same as a SEAT Mii , a vehicle much shorter. No minivan between 3.90 and 4.10 meters in length have fewer turns of the wheel and turn in less space than the i3
Something that would further increase the ease of driving citizen would be a slightly narrower body. It measures 1.78 meters wide, more than all the vehicles compared with the i3 in the previous paragraph.
I3 is very quiet, especially in the range of speeds reached in an urban center. The feeling is similar to going on a running car with a combustion engine, but with the engine off, and with a quiet strength that makes the car move.
The noise of the engine is very low, almost negligible. When the accelerator with a faint, distant decision whistling, by his tone (not volume), can remember when a train is heard. Is the typical noise of electric cars, which produce the same Nissan Leaf , Toyota Prius, even in the BMW i3 is even lower.

The main source of interior noise is caused by air contact with the body. Sound insulation and it seems good enough for the occupants of the vehicle can move at 120 km / h talking normally. At low speed, city, street noise and traffic are more audible than a car with conventional engine because there is no engine sound that mask.

Driving modes, autonomy and load
There are three driving programs: COMFORT, ECO and ECO PRO + PRO. From one to another can be changed at any time with a button on the console. ECO PRO mode and ECO PRO + are designed to make driving more efficient and, therefore, increase autonomy. In ECO PRO mode the power conditioning system is reduced, and the duration of heating of the exterior mirrors, the rear window and seats. In addition, the speed is limited to 130 km / h (although pressing on the accelerator for a few seconds that limitation is temporarily disabled). In ECO PRO + mode the air conditioning system and heated seats are turned off, so does the turn signal and the maximum speed is limited to 90 km / h (as before, if the accelerator for a moment the limit is canceled).
Even though BMW says there is a gain of 20 km of autonomy between the way COMFORT and ECO PRO and many others among the ECO PRO and ECO PRO +, with the maximum difference I have observed between the two most extreme ways to start the car was 19 miles as the onboard computer. The real difference I have not been able to calculate because I have not had time to do the same run with each of the modes.

Power consumption and autonomy vary greatly depending on the type of driving is performed. During the test week, in which I have practiced various types of driving, but without ever ends, I have obtained an average consumption of 14.7 km kWh/100. With this consumption, and considering that the useful capacity of the battery is 18.8 kWh, can travel about 128 kilometers. The lowest I’ve recorded consumption was 10.2 kWh/100 km (184 km of autonomy), but I think there is room for improvement.

The highest consumption I’ve gotten has been kWh/100 20.5 miles (92 km range), but Javier Molto, during a test on a closed track, constantly taking advantage of the ability to accelerate and with the air conditioning on, reached a kWh/100 consumption of 23.7 miles (79 km range). All consumption data were obtained from the trip computer, ie are uncorrected.
When the remaining range is about 10 kilometers when the status bar of the battery charge goes from blue to yellow, the maximum acceleration decreases, though not enough to compromise because the car is accelerating hard. The force of the motor itself is drastically reduced when the power reaches 0 km-autonomy in the bar is indicated as’ – km

The charging process of the battery is identical to that followed for loading, for example, a mobile phone. The end of the charger plug with two blades connected to a “normal” plug and the other vehicle. When the doors are locked, the cable end attached to the car is also locked to prevent theft. The display of the instrumentation an estimate of the time you will be fully loaded appears. The charge status of the car can be controlled via an application for mobile phones such as ‘smartphone’ ( more information in the multimedia system ).

I’ve done two battery recharges with 0 miles of autonomy, always in a household outlet. One was at 230 V and 5.8 A-took this amperage because the car had a feature that enabled limited to that value, designed to avoid overloading certain electrical installations. It took 19 hours to reach 91% load and energy consumption was 23.92 kWh. The second charge was also made at 230 V, 11.6 A-but thank the aparthotel g3 galleon that would allow us to use their facilities. When the battery reached 100% charge after 10 hours, the energy consumed was 23.09 kWh (the make and model of the instrument with which we have measured energy consumption was “00047770 Hama” which, according to manufacturer with an accuracy of + / – 2%).

BMW offers customers the option to install a charging station mural called “BMW i Wallbox Professional” having an approximate price of 700 euros (700 euros plus another installation, which also handles BMW). With this system, the load power is approximately 3700 W at a voltage of 230 V, resulting in an intensity of 16 A. In this way, can be loaded the battery 80% in 6 hours.
There is another variant of this wall box, named “Pure” that load 7400 W and 32 A, which is achieved with 80% charge the battery in 3 hours. You must specify that you want to use the “wall box Pure ‘at the time of purchase of the vehicle, since it requires a small adjustment to support the electrical load values.

The versions of the BMW i3 without combustion engine having a mass of 1270 kg. With the combustion engine mass is 1390 kg. The main problem with electric cars is the high weight of the storage batteries available for use in a car with current technology. The volume of the batteries is also a problem, but not as big as your weight. The main problem is that weight negatively influences consumption. The heavier a car is more consumed, especially in cities, where the continuous torn must accelerate the mass of the car continuously and to accelerate energy is required. Due to this problem, BMW decided in 2007 to manufacture an electric vehicle with a body made of carbon fibers on an aluminum chassis. A carbon fiber structure weighs 50% of what a steel weighs the same size and of equivalent strength.

The information was referred to the prototype, but the prototype to the final version the differences are small. In 2011 we published the BMW i3 Concept measuring 3.85 meters in length. The BMW i3 is 15 inches longer than the prototype (measured 3999 millimeters). The ride height is 1.58 meters.

On the structure of the BMW i3, we have published several reports and pictures, also in the blog Teleport. In this post entitled ‘ BMW looks to the future and start to walk it “give general information about the car and especially show images of the structure. In this new entry , we show videos on the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 in which clearly shows the structure of the car (with a bottom support for battery and motor and an upper fiber is the area passengers).
In BMW say and repeat that one of his goals with the i3 is to keep the “driving pleasure” that they consider to be the hallmark of its brand. For this reason, the i3 has an engine of 170 horsepower and rear-wheel drive, one of the main icons of the BMW brand. One of the characteristics of electric motors is the maximum torque available from the instant when the throttle pedal is depressed and does not depend on the engine speed rises. On the contrary, the electric motors torque is lost after a certain number of revolutions. The BMW i3, with the throttle, consistently delivers maximum power. In contrast, in a car with a combustion engine, in a fixed way, the power varies with the engine speed. According to BMW, the i3 goes from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.2 seconds, a figure that acceleration can be considered “sporty” car.

BMW says that the lithium-ion battery has a gross capacity of 22 kWh, of which 18.8 kWh are useful. This is 85% of full capacity who is thus to ensure its longevity. One of the problems of batteries is damaged when fully charged and discharged, so that all manufacturers use the order of 80 percent of the maximum capacity of the battery. According to BMW, this car autonomy capacity is between 130 and 160 km, although careful driving, strictly urban and days without much heat or cold, autonomy is about 200 kilometers. Electric cars are very efficient at low speeds, so the electrical consumption in urban areas is lower than on the road, unlike what happens to cars with internal combustion engine.

Energy consumption declared by BMW is 0.13 kWh per kilometer (NEDC). The battery is warranted for eight years or 100,000 kilometers, a period in which the battery is guaranteed to have at least 70% of the original capacity.

The BMW i3 is the first model to have the “Professional” system as a standard feature. It has a high definition display 10.25 inch (1280×480 resolution, image ), an 20GB hard drive for music, browser view of buildings in three dimensions and satellite imagery, dual tuner radio, USB and Aux-making In, extended telephone connection (including Bluetooth connection for mobile phones), four speakers, system voice commands and “Touch iDrive” controller. This model is also the first to not have a CD player (or DVD).

No additional cost, the i3 has a SIM card that allows an advanced emergency call (“e-Call”) and connect with support services-BMW calls this service as “TeleServicies» -. With the BMW i3, this service is extended, for example, receive an alert on the phone when the battery is getting low.
Yes they are paid are services “Connected Drive”-includes portal access “BMW Online”, “BMW i Remote”, “BMW Apps” – the personal assistant “Concierge Services” or traffic information in real time . All these services are available in a package that costs. Coming soon will be available on internet.

Other options include digital radio and an improved sound system “Harman Kardon HiFi ‘with 7 speakers.

For better connectivity between multimedia system and the mobile phone is the optional adapter ‘Snap-In’ BMW-phone can link directly to your entertainment system via a connector on the inside of the front armrest and also charges the battery terminal. The price of the adapter depends on the brand of the mobile phone, eg iPhone costs € 86.

Information and multimedia system settings
The “Professional” system has a display of 10.25 inches in the central part of the dashboard. It has a light sensor that itself modifies the intensity of the light automatically avoiding glare. The graphics are clear and crisp definition.

The system is controlled through the command “iDrive Touch ‘, located between the seats, has a touch pad that allows you to enter numbers or letters to enter a phone or an address, also serves to activate various functions. This control simplifies operation of the system. A system that is not difficult to use, has a clear and well-structured menus but perhaps the greatest difficulty lies in knowing how to take advantage of the many options available.

Along the bottom of the volume, there are eight keys that you can configure as a direct-to access the radio to a station, the phone, contact, etc.

Like any other BMW, hard disk system instructions are stored vehicle. There are three ways to perform a query: using the abbreviated instructions (brief instructions on vehicle operation divided into nine blocks) Image search (select the part of the vehicle that you want to query or access animated explanations) or see the glossary manual (you must enter a keyword for the system to display all the related instructions).

Navigation
The browser “Professional” has a mapping-across Europe NavTeq-represented in perspective, three-dimensional buildings and satellite imagery. At the time of publishing this article, there is no more updated mapping so we can not offer the same price.

The browser is the same that can equip other models of the brand but has certain specific features for this release – “Navigation BMW i” -. For example, in the main menu there is a section that allows you to go to the last point at which the vehicle is loaded, also a seeker of load points or a system that warns if the autonomy available is not sufficient to reach the destination to browser.

Another option but only works with the vision of two-dimensional maps is viewed using a dynamic map the range of the vehicle. According to BMW this system takes into account certain factors “driving style, traffic conditions, topographical conditions” to show the most efficient route (you must first select the route type “ECO”).

Coming and depending on the city where we are, if using the browser inform a means of public transport such as metro or tram, you can reach the destination faster way. The system takes into account. Display updated network transport planes and look for a parking space nearby.

Communication
The Bluetooth connection for mobile phones is part of the standard equipment. Emphasizes the ability to connect two mobile phones at once (the four that the system can store). To do this, one of the two phones should be connected as secondary.
We have tested this function with two phones with the same Android operating system 4.1 Jelly Bean same connection and Bluetooth-4.0. SP is a Sony Xperia and Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (I8190) and at least with them, they are functioning correctly. When a call is received, at the bottom of the dash display phone being used is displayed. If there is an active conversation with a phone and a call on the other end is received when the conversation will appear as a missed call.
In addition to synchronizing the contacts book and call, depending on the phone so do texting. These can be played through the speakers. To answer must be active services “BMW Online.”
Sound equipment

The USB port and Aux-In connection are located between the seats, under the center armrest, in an area without illumination ( image ). It is the first BMW model that has a CD or DVD discs. Nor has SD card reader.

The hard disk of the “Professional” system has a capacity of 20 GB for music files. It improved the saving process because the system stores all your music device without there an option to choose a specific file or folder. Our test unit took to copy 21 files (standard size) less than 5 minutes.

The information displayed on the screen when playing hard drive, USB stick or an iPod is complete: song name, album, artist, number, duration, and album art. You can search (eg by artist) or explore the medium. It supports podcast, audio books and videos (only USB).
Through Bluetooth connection is possible to play music. Using both phone screen audio file information but not its face was displayed.

As standard, the i3 has a sound system with four speakers. The occupants of the front seats receive crystal clear sound quality. The occupants of the rear seats opposite because these four speakers are located on the front doors. Optionally available is the “Harman Kardon HiFi” system that adds to the four speakers, one located in the central area of the dashboard, one in each rear door and a 7-channel amplifier. We were unable to test this system therefore we can not offer an opinion.

Voice commands
Using the knob on the steering wheel or the shortcuts in the menus can perform many actions related to the browser, the phone and audio. In the accompanying video made some examples.
This system works well, sometimes does not understand our order, though not in all these circumstances is the fault of the system. The female voice is not very nice and sometimes has a very artificial effect.

In addition to basic functions such as entering a destination, stop the browser, give a phone number or search for a radio station, you may find charging points, traffic details, switch views in two dimensions and perspective, access text, the manual or search music from an artist or a specific song.