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Published Date: 28/02/2014

The BMW i3 has received both ‘Car of the Year’ 2014 and ‘Best Supermini’ at the first UK awards, impressing judges with its design, performance and innovation.

Taking top prize at the awards, the i3 has been chosen by a collaboration of judges from across Britain.

John Challen, Managing Director of the UK Car of the Year Awards (UKCOTY) said:

“Alternative vehicles have made a big impression on UK car buyers, and the i3 takes things to the next level.”
The first model to launch in the new BMW i range, the i3 is powered by an all-electric motor with 250Nm of torque and 123bhp.

Uwe Dreher, BMW’s UK Marketing Director commented: “For the BMW i3 to be voted as the first ever UKCOTY is a testament to the research and development that have gone into making BMW’s first ever production car.”

Although primarily a city car, the i3 has a great driving range; with BMW claiming it will do around 100 miles on a fully charged battery.

The i3 is convenient to power up, as you can charge it from a standard house socket. Fully charging the vehicle with BMW’s i Wallbox home charger will take less than three hours, while the optional DC rapid-charge function will re-fill the battery at public charging stations in under 30 minutes.

The i3’s front-end design remains true to the image of the BMW range while having a modern interpretation of the kidney grille – which is fully-closed reflecting the car’s emission-free electric drive.

BMW’s manufacturers have also subtly designed its rear doors, which use coach door mechanisms for maximum accessibility.

Currently available in one trim level, the i3 includes Bluetooth hands-free with USB interfacing, 19-inch alloy wheels, BMW mobility kit with tyre sealing and LED daytime running lights.

BMW says that it will offer Mega, Giga and Tera ‘World’ trim levels after the i3’s initial launch.

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