2014 BMW i3: Open Floor and Center Console
February 26, 2015
One of the reasons my mother loved her first- and third-generation Honda CR-V was the open floor space in between the front seats as well as the low and/or non-existent center console. There were two reasons. First, she appreciated the sense of openness. Second, she'd usually keep her purse in that open area, or it would at least make it easier for her to access her purse when it sat on the floor. It was with this in mind that I knew my mother would love the 2014 BMW i3.
Sure enough, when we visited the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, she fell in love with the i3. She loved the sense of openness created by the aforementioned open center floor as well as the greenhouse-like forward visibility. The elevated seating position helped too.
Today's CR-V now has a traditional center console, and off the top of my head, you have to get a pickup or a minivan to have an open floor in between the seats. I suppose there's the Tesla Model S, but that's just confusing. (Do EV drivers dislike center consoles?)
Now, could that open space be better utilized with a large, enclosed bin or a second, permanent cupholder? Perhaps. That would certainly be a similar argument to the one I made in regards to the Tesla. However, as far as mother is concerned, the BMW i3 is perfect as it is.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 2,543 miles