Doesn't Remember - 2014 BMW i3 Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW i3: Doesn't Remember

April 9, 2015

2014 BMW i3

I like a lot of things about our 2014 BMW i3, but the car's short-term memory is not one of them.

The photo you see above is the way the car was set up when I got out of the car. Note the HVAC is off. Note that there's no visual indication, but the car is in EcoPro mode. This is just the way I like to drive the i3. Windows down for some breeze and car in EcoPro because, on my stop-and-go-commute, the duller throttle response is just a little easier.

The picture below is how things look when I get back into the car after turning it off. HVAC on, car in normal driving mode. It's not like I left the car at the airport for a week or even overnight. This was simply running into Starbucks for a coffee.

2014 BMW i3

I'm used to turning traction control back off and flicking a car back into sport mode when I return to it, stuff that a manufacturer would want or be forced to default to normal, just in case. But these two things? A mild eco mode and HVAC off? I can't find any purpose for this other than to mildly annoy.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 3,990 miles

2014 BMW i3

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