2014 BMW i3: Dash Is a Wet Blanket
March 13, 2015
Beauty's in the eye of the beholder and while some find the design of BMW's all-electric city car to be on the ugly end of the scale, I find it appealingly quirky, as befits a futuristic car.
But the hard plastic interior surfaces of our 2014 BMW i3 leave a bit to be desired.
BMW uses a cotton-fiber reinforced plastic composite for the dash and door panels, and opted to leave it in its natural state as part of the overall design theme of green and sustainable. That's fine.
And from a distance, the matt-finished gray and white-streaked surfaces look okay, although kind of plain.
Up close, though, as when you are sitting in the driver seat and staring out across the large expanse of dash, the finish looks a lot like a wet wool blanket, or perhaps matted-down horsehair — on the horse.
Same goes for the door panels. You want to pick lint off them even though there's no lint to pick.
That's au naturale, I guess, but not quite as refined a look as one might expect in such an otherwise technically advanced car.
John O'Dell, Senior Editor@ 3,049 miles