BMW i3 Review

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BMW i3 Review

Rory Reid the BMW i3 in both battery electric and extender forms, and finds probably the best electric car on the today.

Electric cars are to be the future of motoring. However products, technology limitations and a of consumer acceptance have vehicles of this nature become something of a laughing in the eyes of a petrol-obsessed public.

the BMW i3. Designed from the ground up as an car, this city is designed to address every shortcoming of modern EV: it’s drives superbly well, is can charge quickly and even good driving range. It can through very rose-tinted be perceived as being quite

So is this the poster child EV have been waiting


The BMW i3 is a real looker. looks are subjective, and we’ll concede it can appear a little in pictures, but it’s quite when seen in the flesh. big fans of the a narrow, aggressive-looking and the oversize ‘kidney’ grille, combine to give it the look of a animal, ready to rip your off – or at least hump your

It resembles a snorting animal, to rip your face off – or at least your leg. In profile, it like nothing else on the with front and rear pushed far towards the edges of the car very little bumper and a window line that at the rear to create a larger window surface for rear This, while quite at first glance, has the benefit of rear passengers a better and the driver better sight of in his or her blind spot.

The doors are worthy of note. The car had no B-pillar so the fronts open but the rears are hinged towards the end. As a result, the doors extremely wide, allowing easy ingress and egress.

On the we can’t help but be impressed by the BMW design and judging by the constant of adoring glances, so were others who clapped eyes on it.

Don’t let the i3’s status as little electric” car fool it’s surprisingly practical. The is easily as comfy as other in the company’s extensive range. plenty of head and legroom, as expect, and the seats are supportive yet

It’s also an easy car to with day to day, thanks to a number of cubby holes for flotsam, a decent-sized glove that can accommodate a couple of of water, plus any paperwork or that you deem essential for journey. Or just a shedload of

It’s entirely possible for two adults to sit in the back. We half rear space to be thin on the but this isn’t the case. entirely possible for two six-foot-plus to sit in the back, even if two more of similar size are sat in the front ahead of them.

There’s decent head and plus visibility back is exceptional, thanks to the aforementioned windows, which are larger they have any right to be.

such impressive interior it would be perfectly forgivable for the i3 to a rubbish boot, but it doesn’t. The space officially meausures 260 though this is expandable to a decent 1,100 litres the rear seat backrests flat. A Ford Focus. by has a boot measuring 316 litres to 1,148).

Sure, the i3’s is but you can fit a few rucksacks or a large suitcase no hassle whatsoever.


The BMW i3 defies its appearance and stature to truly inspiring performance. The car hauls ass from a standstill, its motor producing sufficient to facilitate a 0-62mph time of in battery electric form or 7.9 with the range extender.

impressive is its performance over sprints. The battery electric BMW i3 hit 0-37mph (0-60kmh) in 3.5 seconds, the range extender smashing the target in 3.9 seconds — quicker many sports cars can Indeed, we lined the i3 up against a BMW M3 for a to 30mph and in most cases it was the i3 emerged victorious.

Rest assured then, there are relatively few vehicles encounter on a regular basis will trouble the i3 at a set of traffic

We launched the around Brands Hatch in of faster BMW hardware and it acquitted brilliantly. Handling shouldn’t be impressive in the i3, but again, somehow, it is. It worryingly skinny tyres seen thicker rubber on motorcycles) yet the i3 produces a remarkable of grip.

We launched the thing several high and low speed of Brands Hatch in pursuit of BMW hardware and it acquitted itself holding on relentlessly through with tolerable amounts of roll. Watch out for slippery though – the rear-wheel-drive layout provoke the odd tailslide if you’re a too keen on the throttle.

It performs in more mundane circumstances The suspension is supple enough to untroubled rutted road surfaces, the is light and the car has a turning circle would put a London taxi to Its front wheels can reach ludicrous angles at full meaning the i3 will complete where most cars require a three-pointer.

You’ll need to use the actual brake except – you can accelerate and slow the car the accelerator. The i3 has a slightly strange to its braking. When travelling at low to speed, the car’s regenerative system kicks in aggressively the you lift off the throttle, giving the you’ve actually applied the It’s so forceful, in fact, the brake lights are activated the the throttle is disengaged.

You’ll rarely need to use the brake pedal except in – you can accelerate and slow the car with the use of a pedal.

The i3’s driving is reasonably good. BMW claims miles for the battery electric – a number that seems eminently provided you’re progressive your application of the throttle your speed. Those who travel longer distances opt for the range extender model, has a total claimed range of 184

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Equipment Value

The BMW i3 is laden standard equipment and, a BMW, can be personalised to hell and The car comes in either white or as standard, with metallic metallic grey and a choice of two silvers available for an extra 19-inch ‘i Streamline’ come as standard, with a of fancier ‘i Turbine’ rims available for either or £580 on top.

A set of very 20-inch ‘i Double’ is available for £1,080.

Three of interior trim are available; Lodge, Loft and Suite. The Standard interior is the most of the bunch, offering simple cloth material seats up with blue stitching. (£1,000) nets you a more grey-themed interior with embossed seat stitching a matching dashboard, while (£1,500) is fancier still, part wool, part leather seats, a leather instrument panel, and a decent of eucalyptus wood on the dashboard.

Suite (£2,000) is the most of the bunch thanks to plentiful use of leather.

More impressive all of that, perhaps, is the fact the BMW i3 with BMW Navigation System as standard – basically BMW’s infotainment setup. It includes a 10.1-inch screen, controlled via the iDrive knob, and includes to a wealth of features. Downloadable streaming music services, access, email services – all there.

Optional equipment an electric sunroof, heated seats, a 360-watt, 13-speaker Kardon stereo and LED headlights.

The BMW i3 is made from a combination of and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), BMW says is on a par with other and even performs better in areas of crash testing, to its ability to absorb energy. We attest to that, but BMW says in a 40mph frontal impact the passenger cell remained in We’ll eat our hats if the i3 is anything than rock hard in situations — BMW has too much to for the i3 to be a weakling.

The battery, often an of concern in an electric car, is in aluminium sections to keep it against the elements and in the event of a and its casing has a cut-off mechanism the worst happen. The i3 also has stability control, dynamic control and its stable, predictable should help you avoid in the first place.


The BMW i3 isn’t just the electric car we’ve ever to date, it’s also one of the city cars on the market stop. It’s good inside and out, is well-equipped, practicality beyond its physical and, above all, is an joy to drive. It doesn’t iron out all the associated with electric but, in range extender in particular, it’s is the closest we’ve seen to electric car It sits head and shoulders its rivals.

Now, if only BMW can the price down.

Key Specs

tested: BMW i3 battery electric extender

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