2014 BMW i3: Dog-Friendliness Rating
May 25, 2015
Erin Riches has noted that the rear-hinged rear doors in the 2014 BMW i3 make loading a kid into her rear-facing seat a less-than-ideal experience. But what about when you're loading dependents that don't require a seat large and substantial enough for NASA to deem it excessive for missions to space?
For loading my small dogs into the back of the i3, the clamshells weren't the same sort of hindrance. It was quite easy to lean in to buckle them into their harnesses, although since much of the back seat is behind the C-pillar, I suppose it requires a bit more reach. There's also less seat surface area for the pups to leap onto.
On the other hand, if that leap is difficult, the rear floor is that much more accessible in the i3 without a B-pillar and door in the way, especially if you slide the front seats forward. Plus, once inside, the window is low enough for my strapped-in little dog to see outside.
In total, Maggie and Nellie give the i3's back seat a dog-friendliness rating of 3 1/2 barks.*
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,276
*This is a meaningless rating. It was assigned by dogs.