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BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

5Series.net First Drive: BMW i3 at L.A. Auto Show

By Manuel Carrillo III

I have a theory about the BMW i3: the less you know about it, the more you hate it. When BMW first announced this car, I knew nothing about it, and I hated it. I thought the i3 was a nail in the coffin for BMW.

This funky-looking electric car seemed like a complete departure from the sporty thinking that made BMW great. To me, the BMW i3 represented an scorning of driving pleasure.

I found my assumptions about the car were wrong when I began to research it. Horsepower: 170 torque: 184 lb-ft pretty decent for an electric car. Weight: 2,800 lbs. outstanding especially for an electric car. Then I began reading the major magazines first-drive reviews. and they were promising.

In a nutshell, they thought the i3 was a sporty product worthy of the BMW roundel. The decent specs combined with the positive reviews got me excited about the i3. I was beginning to think this relatively affordable electric car could be fun.

Then I drove it.

This is a real BMW. The chassis was tight, the ride was well-buttoned, the interior was charming, and the power delivery was sensational. For a person of the instant-gratification-seeking Generation Y, there are few things as satisfying as mashing the accelerator pedal on an electric car, and getting instant response devoid of transmission kickdown.

This car s acceleration is like a drug, and the accelerator pedal is the plunger on the hypodermic needle. Unless you drive more than 80 miles between charges, this BMW offers everything you want: fun, comfort, and practicality (within a certain range).

Just after driving the i3, I hopped into an Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid: a car arriving at U.S. dealerships early in 2015 that will somewhat compete with the i3 (range-extender model). I did get to sample the A3 in its gas/electric hybrid setting, but I am basing this comparison on the Audi s electric-only mode.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

When powered solely by electrons, the A3 e-tron s maximum power output is 99 horsepower, but 204 horsepower when combined with the 1.4L, 150-horsepower turbocharged gas engine. The Audi s electric motor feels more powerful than its 99-pony rating would suggest, darting me through downtown L.A. s streets with the authority of a 130-horsepower powerplant. It s an impressive car, but it has more body roll in the corners and more brake dive than the i3.

Both the A3 and i3 s cabins were quiet, but the i3 suffered from some interior rattles likely due to its pre-production spec.

What s the better car? The BMW i3, hands down. It s more fun to drive than the A3, and better-behaved around town; however, if you think an all-electric car will give you range anxiety, the A3 is the better choice or you could wait for the i3 with the range extender, which offers a maximum driving distance of 180 miles. The BMW i3 with Range Extender will start at $45,200.


U.S. pricing for the A3 e-tron has yet to be announced.

I highly recommend giving the i3 a try when it hits U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2014. Futuristic powertrain notwithstanding, this is a fun car. At $41,350. it s also a great value when you factor in federal and certain state tax incentives that lower the i3 s price to a level commensurate with similarly equipped gas-powered BMWs.

I know quite a bit about the BMW i3 now, and I love it.

BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto
BMW i3 � Electric Car 127kW with Range Extender Auto

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