BMW i3 First Drive Review by Edmunds
Some claim that hydrogen fuel-cell technology is the solution but in the meanwhile we'll settle with electric vehicles, like BMW's i3. Edmunds even test drove the pre-production car and wrote some interesting notes about it.
The first thing that hits you is the way you get into the car. Usually (excepting the SUVs), you sit low in a BMW and the dash is somehow oriented downwards. Not in this car. The i3 is taller than the regular Bimmer and you end up stepping up into the car, and you meet a dashboard that sweeps horizontally across the cabin.
Everything looks good and has a new-age feel, a must have in such a car. BMW even uses natural plant fibers to decorate the interior and everything feels at home inside the i3.
The performance was previously discussed but we'll mention it again: the car reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds and that is not shabby at all. The good performance is this segment is due to the lightweight construction.
The i3 weighs 2,634 lbs (1,194 kg) and that is light, in the EV segment. As a quick comparison with the competition bear in mind that the Nissan Leaf weighs 3,362 lbs (1,524 kg), the Toyota Prius Plug-In tips the scale at 3,130 lbs (1,419 kg) and the Chevrolet Volt comes in at 3,781 lbs (1,715 kg).
This little car might be the solution the world is currently looking for, providing a sporty, agile feel, alongside usage of an electric motor with zero emissions. We're not sure everyone will like it, but it will definitely change the game once it hits the roads.
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