2014 BMW i3: Climate Control Lacks Power
May 1, 2015
It's already summer in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley and I needed genuine cabin cooling when I drove our 2014 BMW i3 this week.
Ordinarily, I'm not very particular about air-conditioning systems in cars. I rarely set the automatic ones any cooler than 72 degrees Fahrenheit, and I usually have the manual systems on the lowest fan setting. I rarely use any Max A/C mode. I'm a naturalized Californian and I don't like to be cold.
But the system in our BMW i3 is a little feeble, even by my standards. It's different from the automatic climate control systems in other BMWs in that it's a single-zone system and the temperature adjusts in increments of two rather than one. I'm OK with those differences, but the lack of oomph from the fan is a problem.
With outside temperatures just south of 90 degrees, I never had the i3's climate control set any warmer than 68, and often had it on 66 degrees. That's almost unheard of in my little sphere of existence. I suspect many of my warmer-blooded colleagues will have the electric BMW's climate control pegged at 60 all summer long.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 6,402 miles