BMW i3 review Telegraph

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Does the BMW i3 electric car live up to the

At the launch event for the BMW i3 I started whether I should change my to iEnglish. Don’t you think makes me sound so much modern? Or does the shameless of Apple’s product prefix like a desperate attempt to get with the kids?

That seem to have occurred to irony-free marketers, which is a because the engineers at the Munich works have put too much thinking (as well as a mooted billion) into developing its new i3 car for it to be saddled with such a plagiaristic name.

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The rear-mounted keeps heavy electric to a minimum, the suspension is forged the driveshafts are hollow, the aluminium are forged, the screws and bolts are and even the windscreen wiper is a structure.

The i3’s 230kg, lithium-ion battery sits the floor, cooled by the car’s and protected by stout chassis and honeycomb carbon fibre The MacPherson-strut front and five-link suspension is bolted to aluminium and the 168bhp, AC electric motor and axle are under the boot

Range is quoted at 140 miles in the EU cycle, but realistically between 80 and 100 Add another £3,150 to the basic purchase price and you get the range i3, with a 650cc rear-mounted petrol engine that as a generator for the battery, and which the range to a maximum of 186 miles on one tank of fuel. Over 80 per of UK buyers are expected to buy this

“But most customers never use it,” whinges which misses the point since, as the range extender is to overcome range anxiety, it the job whether it is used or not.

The cabin is also different, but the rear doors are more than necessity. Everything a little too upright for a BMW, the seating position, but the front are comfy, the rears will accommodate a couple of adults, and the open, flat floor is

The trim is like an explosion at a factory. There are four options (or ‘interior worlds’) all engineered wood, plastics, fibres and itchy door The dashboard looks filched Apple’s skunk works and the satnav system shows a perimeter based on topography, style, battery charge and information.

I have to say, that this car didn’t glued together with normal obsessive attention to there were gummy marks, smudgy release overspill and inconsistent shut

Press the unassuming black switch and, with a polyphonic tone, the shiny instrument binnacle lights up the Millenium Falcon’s. There’s no built into the system and if you are on a gravity will roll the i3 The throttle action follows a set by electric Minis, so there is and immediate regeneration braking as you the throttle.

With some right foot work, you can drive the i3 on the throttle alone and BMW its Mini guinea pigs this. You quickly get used to driving, but it’s easy to get out by a developing hazards requiring transfer to the friction brakes, can lead to erratic progress.

Back in the go department, the i3 isn’t and though it’s not as quick as a or an i8, it fair scorches off the line and up well between 30 and 50mph. The top is limited to 93mph and the i3 pulls up with eagerness barely although the battery life a dive off the high board. One of the rear motor/drive is that you the motor whine behind: the i3 is quiet and refined, although the shape kicks up quite a lot of noise.


Thanks partly to its weight the i3 rides better its rivals because the springs less to support. It’s far a magic carpet, however, a lots of road vibration the tyres, annoying side-to-side and body roll in corners, the low centre of gravity. The steering the same rack as the forthcoming new and it’s light and precise, some feedback.

In urban areas the i3 feels agile and brisk — on roads less so, and there’s a of isolation from the road.

are 46 UK BMW i dealers (or agents, as it prefers to them) and lots of marketing available, including a three-year for a £3,000 deposit and monthly of £369. Connected Drive include routing advice, apps to monitor the state of and pre-heat or cool the i3 before you get it.

BMW has certainly produced the best at a pure EV hatchback yet, but it doesn’t really replace the car and with Nissan’s Leaf at prices under £11,000, the i3 like an expensive way to look right on.

BMW i3

Tested: 22kWh battery driving an AC electric rear-wheel drive

Price/on From £25,680 including car grant (Range Extender November 16

Power/torque: Electric 168bhp/184lb ft. Range Extender 32bhp/41lb ft

Top speed: 93mph

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Acceleration: 0-62mph in 7.2sec for Range Extender)

Range: 80 to 100 (160 to 186 for Range Extender)

CO2 Zero at tailpipe

VED band: A

Verdict: A brave and partly attempt to change the electric terms of trade. The i3’s and the range-extender option address inherent drawbacks of battery The weirdo looks and hug-a-tree fabrics don’t. Drives and likeable as a second car, but not an alternative for the family hatch

rating: Three out of five

Ford Focus Electric £28,500 inc £5,000 grant

it is on sale, although modest begin to describe Ford’s sales target of just 30 A 140bhp electric motor and lithium-ion battery gives an top speed, about 100 miles with a 10 hour recharge. a Focus, with a battery of an engine.

It’s also too

Nissan Leaf from inc £5,000 grant

The 2011 Car of the now cheaper to buy, with a model range, and built in the UK. A and likeable EV, but the availability of big discounts on the price suggests that it some help to sell.

Renault Zoe from £13,995 inc grant; plus battery from £70 per month

good to drive and a decent runabout. Top speed is limited to 0-62mph is in 13.5sec. Reasonably including the plug-in grant, but battery leasing packages be everyone’s cup of tea.

Photos: NEWTON

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