2014 BMW i3: Awesome Steering Wheel
February 27, 2015
Like so much of the 2014 BMW i3, the steering wheel is unusual. But also like so much of the i3, the steering wheel is awesome.
The wheel is small in diameter. It telescopes far out on a steering column so long that it previously saw use as a space shuttle gantry. It has two spokes perfectly contoured to your hands and perfectly placed at 3 and 9. Having only two spokes also opens up the lower wheel portion, which is nice for those who shuffle steer. Its secondary buttons and controls are pretty much the same as those found in other BMWs. And finally, it looks pretty cool.
Whereas the original, BMW-made Mini Cooper's two-spoke steering wheel was all form over function, the i3's is absolutely spot-on. Now, it wouldn't work in performance-oriented BMWs, but for the i3, it's perfection.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,543 miles