It’s just been crowned the inaugural 2017 World Urban Car Award winner at the New York International Show, but does the BMW i3 94 Ah (yes, that’s the model’s proper name, thank you very much) deserve recognition? Without doubt, the answer is a resounding yes. The attention is well-deserved.
Some car companies have taken charge (pun intended) and faced the future head on with the acceptance that either we like it or not, electric mobility is here to stay, while other car manufacturers are still in denial. BMW is among the leading manufacturers of this movement towards e-mobility.
The 2017 BMW i3 is amazing to drive, clean, elegant, subcompact (allowing you to park and maneuver easily), and widely available.
Compared with the original i3 (which has a battery capacity of 60 Ah), the 2017 BMW i3 has a larger battery in terms of capacity (94 Ah/33kwh), meaning increased driving range, but its physical size stays the same.
Another thing car enthusiasts are buzzing about the 2017 BMW i3 is the immediate response you get from the electric engine. It offers 150kW and 250Nm of torque, with both available anytime you want to use it.
One of the model’s biggest advantages lies in the way it is constructed. Underneath the 2017 BMW i3 is a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell. This feature helps the car maintain its high torsional rigidity but at the same time without putting too much weight.
The 2017 BMW i3 offers satellite navigation, automatic lights and wipers, and a rear-view camera among its standard features. Other features include a multimedia system that boasts of four speakers plus a digital radio, as well as an interior trim mostly made of recycled material, sticking to its eco-friendly routes.
The 2017 BMW i3 BMW i3 comes with the standard complement of safety features. These include six airbags specifically designed for a model that has slim as well as lightweight seat frames.
Why we love this car
The 2017 BMW i3 is reasonably priced for a stylish, unique, compact BMW product. The driving experience is pretty normal and reassuring, and its features are practical. It offers users super quick acceleration, handling is superb, and the turning circle is one of the best in the industry. At the same time, you can enjoy BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system. After mastering its console-mounted controller, users will pretty much find the iDrive straightforward to use.
The 94ah (33kwh) gives the i3 a real world range of 125 miles, and yes it is no way close to the ampera-e which is in the same price point, but with the range extender (REx), it comes close (Although some may argue that the REx is not a ‘Pure’ Electric car, well, lets leave that discussion for later).
Recharging it is as easy as 1-2-3, since you can recharge at home, or if you are one of the lucky few that has charging facility at work. You can also charge the i3 to 80% in around 30 mins by using CCS DC quick charging stations.
The 2017 BMW i3 provides users with a good, eco-friendly commuter car without sacrificing its look and design. The model’s electric range is more than adequate to handle your everyday commuting drives, while at the same time it provides a pretty comfortable ride. It offers stable performance, decent and reliable range–and did we say an upscale and comfortable cabin?
Now, that’s driving in style.
Price: From £32,000
Our Score: 3.8/5
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