2014 BMW i3 Top Comparisons

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2014 BMW i3Review
ntoensmeier writes:
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It doesnt charge to 80 miles in the winter, but I knew that coming in. Fun to drive, comfortable. Mine was only $10,100, so I see it as a great value.

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Guru5F8JC writes:
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It’s a very good value and good market prices

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2014 BMW i3Review
Marco writes:
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Terrible car- cheap, no power, plastic like interior - don’t buy

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2014 BMW i3Review
Guru9CYF3R writes:
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Peppy little hot hatch. Handles like a drivers car but comfortable. Range is good interrior is awesome loads of room im 6 foot 4 plently of space on the back row.

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2014 BMW i3 RWD with Range ExtenderReview
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The Future — A fantastic car for the current and the future, currently a great city car and ideal for business use. The range is good for most journeys, but the extender version can do 180+ miles. This car will save you money.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Money Saving

Cons: Range

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2014 BMW i3 RWDReview
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The Bmw I3 Looks, Feels, And Drives Like The Future...which Isn't So Scary Anymore. —

Believe it or not, once past the unusual looks of the car, it's just a matter of getting in and driving away as you would in any other car. The seats are very comfortable, and there's a surprising amount of people room (for four no less) inside. Everything is quite intuitive and after a few minutes you forget this is an electric car...with a few exceptions. It'll surprise you again and again with it's power off the line...all that torque is simply ready from rest and it is a perfect squirt and shoot city car. Not too many folks will take you if that's your thing. That power advantage ebbs after 35-40 or so, but that's fine for normal driving. It has no problem getting to and holding normal highway speeds. Another ongoing surprise is how loud the tires and wind noise can be. Not because they are actually noisy, but because this car makes so little noise overall. It's eerily quite at times, especially around town. It will turn, and turn with some verve, but expect to hear the tires howling at you. They (the tires) are definitely low rolling resistance versions...but ignore the noise and just drive it and it handles the twisties just fine. Overall, for me at least, this i3 has that special something that seems to make another BMW product, the Mini, unique...an appeal across car "types" and genres that is much more than the sum of its parts. Frankly, the car would be special if it were simply a high-mileage gas-powered car, but the fact it's electric adds to the cachet. All that said, my wife and I are thinking about an i3, but it will have to be with the gasoline back-up engine as well (a la Chevy Volt). I simply don't want to be constrained by batteries alone. I have not driven that version so can't speak to whether it transitions between power sources as seamlessly as the Chevy does.

Pros: Unique style that will stand out from the crowd. Both Interior and exterior have that high quality BMW materials and workmanship look and feel (with one caveat noted below). The car feels like the future, and suddenly an all electric car doesn't appear too bad for those of us who can't afford a Tesla. Very spacious and comfortable, especially up front. And once you get to the back (extra side doors really help, but not the same as four real doors) there's plenty of hip, leg, and head room. The driving dynamics aren't full on BMW, but they're more than a match for the typical car. Great off the line torque, all the primary controls (steering, brakes, accel) are linear and easy to modulate. The steering's on the light side, but accurate enough. The gauges are all very clear and logical. Especially noteworthy is the large central screen...very clear and easy to add to your sight line.

Cons: Some of the interior surfaces were...unusual. For example, the door cards are comprised of a strange mixture of materials that has a look and feel of sturdy cardboard. It's much more substantial and robust than that, but the first impression is a bit of a challenge. The style (in and out) is unusual, probably too much so for some, but the interior just works so well that the fact that it looks different is quickly overcome by its utility.

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2014 BMW i3 RWD Review
Beanboi says:
vs2014 BMW i3 RWD
2014 BMW i3 RWD winning categories:
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  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
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  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
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Front Seats Ranked 2014 BMW i3 RWD worse.
"Nice wool and leather seats, well made with strong materials."
Would Buy Ranked 2014 BMW i3 RWD worse.
"The range extender adds 65 more miles to the battery"
2014 BMW i3 RWD Review
Pompadour says:
Peppy, nice interior, plenty of room for adults in all 4 seats, and decent cargo space. Even now when they are 5 years old they are selling for more than $6000 more than a Spark EV. Granted the Spark is not as nice but it is literally less than half the price of the i3.
vs2014 FIAT 500e FWD
2014 BMW i3 RWD winning categories:
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Family Car Ranked 2014 FIAT 500e FWD worse.
"MUCH roomier backseat and cargo area"
Value Ranked 2014 FIAT 500e FWD better.
"A tremendous bargain in the used car market"
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2014 BMW i3 RWD with Range Extender Review
Ian says:
Great car but a bit pricey for the limitations it has as both an EV and a Plug-in hybrid..
vs2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium
2014 BMW i3 RWD with Range Extender winning categories:
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Handling Ranked 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium worse.
"BMW has always paid close attention to the driving experience. The i3 is no exception."
Value Ranked 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Premium better.
"The BMW brand will always command a premium over the competition. A new i3 is 2X the price of a new Prius Prime. For what I need in an automobile the two are roughly comparable."
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2014 BMW i3 RWD Review
Guru5MXPW says:
Ideal car for someone with a longer commute of 80 miles a day but works just as well for a shorter commute or around town driving. Could go without gas for months. Able to take a longer trip but will need to fill up gas every hour after your range is out. Able to go about 140 miles initially with full charge and gas in tank. Only holds 1.7 useable gallons. Have to carry a spare can under the hood. Very high tech look. Fast acceleration. BMW status. Highly recommend the range extender. Can get a LOADED one without for 14K. Hard to find loaded with extender. Due to age, lacks some of the modern standard tech safety features that even the Bolt has. But this is a 40K to 50K car and a BMW that has taken massive depreciation hit. Warranty likely not active except on batteries.
vs2017 Ford Fusion Energi Platinum
2014 BMW i3 RWD winning categories:
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Looks/Style Ranked 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Platinum worse.
"More futuristic."
Value Ranked 2017 Ford Fusion Energi Platinum worse.
"Usually 10K cheaper and depreciated."
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Reviews From Other Years

2019 BMW i3 Reviews

Review By Guru9CCQ3D

Thus car is awesome!!! It cost about 6.50 to travel close to 100 miles. Read More

Review By San

very short range unless you get the 120Ah battery size many options. TERA is best model trim Pkg specially if you get the 10 display, sport Pgk, auto parking and driving pilot Pkg) price drop drastica... Read More

2018 BMW i3 Reviews

Review By GuruQJD8J

Price? On the car? To see the car tomorrow or next Read More

Review By Guru9BJ126

fabulous for a commuter car. Just not a touring car. Range is decent at about 130 miles real world including canyons and hills. EZ to park, little maintenance. Its hard on tires though. Expect ... Read More

2017 BMW i3 Reviews

Review By GuruC1J25

Awesome design and a hell of a lot of fun to drive! Read More

Review By Guru9TZ2J6

The only thing that this car could use more of is range. More like a Chevrolet Volt. Its an extremely great value for a used car considering that it depreciates over 60% in its first 3 years. It has... Read More

2016 BMW i3 Reviews

Review By Wayne

Make sure you get the Range Extender model I love mine. Read More

Review By Nicolas

I was considering leasing a new vehicle but opted for a used i3 instead and have no regrets. This is the perfect car for cross-town commutes. It is surprisingly zippy (in comfort mode), well built a... Read More

2015 BMW i3 Reviews

Review By Guru9C41J8

Un peu cher reputation surfaite.Je laisserai ma place au suivant Read More

Review By Guru9ZSR5M

This is a high end version with driver and parking assist, leather interior and bigger display screens. The wood dash adds to a beautiful contrast with the brown seating. It was a great deal. Accepti... Read More

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