BMW i3 EV first drive Review Autocar

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BMW i3 first drive review

is it?

Few cars have generated as interest or controversy in recent as BMW’s first dedicated electric car, the i3 .

The opening in a range of alternative drive models from the German car it aims to shed a whole new on urban-based motoring by bringing the very latest in lightweight construction solutions and an advanced driveline architecture in a tall hatchback that, in standard as driven here for the first emits zero local and is claimed to provide a range of 80 and 100 miles on a high-voltage three-hour

Developed at a reported cost of £2 billion, the i3 is also significant in it forgoes front-wheel drive in of rear-wheel drive, just BMW’s traditional combustion-engine The promise? An entertaining driving quite unlike any other existing electric car.

On top of the i3 offers an impressive range of services that allow you to the car with various mobility – including public transport – in a move aimed at easing requirements.

So, as well as appealing to the BMW hopes its first i branded which grew from an project known under the Mega City Vehicle, also appeal to the heart. And in so, garner broader appeal any battery-touting rival. Young, singles, family car buyers, conscious, enthusiast drivers, obsessed – BMW says it has attempted to to all tastes and requirements.

For starters, the i3 looks very with a concept car mimicking quite unlike any other BMW past or present. The form is unique; the only real to its BMW roots being the kidney-shaped and the blue-and-white roundels it wears and rear. It is relatively compact, to 3999mm in length, 1775mm in and 1578mm in height.

However, the of 19-inch wheels shod low rolling resistance 155/40 tyres as standard tend to it appear bigger than it really is.

What is it like?

The suggests mini-MPV, and this is reflected inside with seating for five at a pinch. The looks continue within the of the steering wheel, dashboard and displays.


You step up into the which boasts a flat underneath which sits a battery. The lithium-ion unit of 96 individual cells and comes a warranty valid for up to six years or miles. There is a commanding from the high-mounted driver’s although you look in vain for any beyond the base of the windscreen, is the acute angle of the stubby

The view out back, meanwhile, is somewhat by the substantial pillars and a rear window within the Accommodation up front is excellent, the i3 imparting an airy and upbeat

The decision to eschew a conventional monocoque in favour of a more combination of aluminium, carbonfibre and construction for the i3 required a big investment in infrastructure, but it has allowed BMW to bring its dedicated electric car to market a kerb weight that the competition at just 1195kg. By the similarly sized Nissan hits the scales at 1525kg, the smaller Renault Zoe weighs

Further weight-saving measures are throughout; the outer body is a of thermoplastic panels, the windows use glass than you find in the traditional BMW models, the chassis largely bespoke aluminium and selected interior trims, the top of the dashboard, go largely untreated.

As as being relatively light, the construction used by the i3 also endow it with what BMW as class leading rigidity. inherent structural strength has designers to do away with B-pillars and permit the use of coach rear doors. It’s to easy entry to the rear.

a combination of the high-mounted floor and of the roof makes getting in a difficult exercise than it appear. The stubby rear also boasts fixed

The electric motor used by the i3 is within its own sub-frame, which part of the rear axle It is coupled to a gearbox that uninterrupted progress owing to the that it boasts just a ratio. Drive is sent to the wheels with the choice of modes: Comfort, Eco Pro and Eco Pro Plus the latter of which acts as an mode by limiting top speed to reducing the performance of the air conditioning in combination with the most optional navigation system, routing on roads with topography.

Also on board are safety features such as dynamic stability and cornering control.

With 168bhp and ft of torque the moment you brush the the new BMW is more than merely In fact, its performance is good to match some big name hot with 0-37mph in 3.7sec, in 7.2sec and a 50-75mph split of Traction is excellent, even on a loaded throttle away the lights, without any hint of or interruption from the various driving aids.

The nominal top speed is limited to preserve the charge.

The sporting impression is by relatively light and direct In combination with a low centre of this endows the i3 with and sharp directional change for excellent maneuverability in urban conditions. The electro-mechanical steering is shared, in part, with the generation Mini hatchback and more direct as lock is on, although there’s sufficient from the centre position to class leading levels of low agility.

Indeed, in the cut and thrust of city the new BMW is extraordinarily agile and fun to drive.

To its sportiness, BMW has provided the i3’s strut (front) and multi-link suspension with relatively spring rates. The ride is firm and tends to become on anything but smooth road The damping, on the other hand, is soft, leading to rather levels of lean when you the new BMW into a bend.

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The tall but tyres provide relatively adhesion, but with so much on hand it doesn’t take to get the traction and stability control working mid-corner.

The i3 has been to provide quite dramatic braking the moment you step off the at which kinetic energy is fed into the batteries.

This maximises the level of energy and means you rarely need to the brake pedal except you come to a complete standstill. the braking effect is predetermined and be altered as on other recent electric cars.

There are times, especially on the road, where a multi-stage system or even a free-wheeling function would come in even if it meant trading out of the kinetic energy-producing potential, and it ultimate range.

Should I buy

We’re yet to figure the i3 independently but its consumption figures point to a world range of up to 100 miles, or 12 miles less than hinted to by the standard EU mandated

This is well beyond the daily commute in the UK, which BMW put at 30 miles, suggesting its hi-tech will meet the needs of commuters. What really was its relative economy on light loads at constant city at which the i3 requires little than half its claimed of 12.9kWh, according to its detailed consumption readout.

Still, are larger issues than that stand in the way of the i3’s for electric car supremacy; namely its price tag with the government’s subsidy deducted being them.

This makes first dedicated series electric car over £5000 than the Nissan Leaf and a £10,000 more than the Zoe.

But perhaps more is the fact that it is around more than the excellent EfficientDynamics – the most economical of traditional combustion engine

Alternatively, prospective customers can opt for a leasing deal with a deposit and monthly payments of

If you can live with the range, easy access to high-voltage and are mostly city bound, the i3 is worth a look. Its individual contemporary feel, excellent engaging agility and various solutions all hint at a bright new for the automobile, even if it takes hours to charge it on a regular low mains socket.

Price (including £5000 Government 0-62mph 7.2 sec; Top speed Consumption 12.9kWh/100km; CO2 0g/km; 1195kg; Engine synchronous motor; Installation rear, Power 168bhp; Torque ft; Gearbox automatic, fixed Battery/capacity lithium-ion, 22.0kwh

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