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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 with Range Extender Review
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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
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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
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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
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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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2014 BMW i3 RWD Review
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Skinny tires are harsh on rough pavement. Car seats 4 vs. Mercedes B class 5 seater. Cargo area very small and doors awkward to open especially with kids. Car is fine for a single adult or young couple not needing cargo space but layout is weird and navigation is hard to read. Charging stations not shown on navigation but must be viewed as a list.
vs2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
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Handling Ranked 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive better.
"Wider and better handling tires."
Family Car Ranked 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive better.
"Lumbar support, better seat materials and more power adjustments even on base model than BMW."
Value Ranked 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive better.
"The Mercedes Benz clearly rides better than the i3 due in part to wider tires and a plusher less performance oriented ride. That combined with the roomier cabin and larger cargo space make the Mercedes a hard car to pass up."
Would Buy Ranked 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive better.
"I purchased the Mercedes rather than the i3 for its improved ride. Unless you drive on streets that are freshly paved you ride in the i3 with be very rough and jarring due to the performance suspension and too skinny tires. Mercedes went out of their way to ensure the smoothest ride possible with a low rolling resistance, run flat tire at 40+psi. Knowing that this car also has a Tesla motor and battery pack due in part to investments between Mercedes and Tesla gives me added peace of mind and my car has been trouble free for almost 2 years now."
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2014 BMW i3 RWD with Range Extender Review
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Lotta, lotta car for the $.
vs2014 Nissan Leaf SV
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