2015 BMW i3 – Road Test and Review

By Jonathan Spira on 1 September 2015
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DSC_0187 (1)Although clearly a Bimmer, the BMW i3 isn’t only different from any BMW that’s come before but it’s also different from almost every car currently on the road. Its appearance is polarizing: “stubby,” “futuristic,” and “tall” were the comments we heard frequently while it was in our short-term fleet for close to two weeks.

George Jetson, your car is ready!

The BMW i3 with optional range extender is built on an aluminum chassis powered by an electric motor that is augmented by a two-cylinder gasoline-fueled engine that drives a generator. The car also introduces a new design language for BMW, one specifically intended for its electric vehicles.

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It starts with an aerodynamic exterior, a black “belt,” and opposing rear-hinged (or what some would call “suicide”) rear doors. The i3 has a carbon-fiber passenger compartment and is encased in composite panels. Everything is lightweight and designed with fuel efficiency in mind.


The inside, thanks to the absence of a center tunnel for the powertrain, feels extremely roomy. Slim front bucket seats, which create more knee room for rear passengers, and a high roofline contribute to the spaciousness.

The cabin itself is an achievement of design, using very high quality (and recyclable) materials throughout.

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