Park It Anywhere - 2014 BMW i3 Long-Term Road Test

2014 BMW i3: Park It Anywhere

March 30, 2015

2014 BMW i3

While the city ride quality in our long-term 2014 BMW i3 isn't ideal, it does have the ability to fit into nearly any parking spot you can find.

Bumper to bumper, it's the exact same length as a 2015 Mini Cooper (157.4 inches) and it's 10.7 inches shorter than a VW e-Golf. The Fiat 500e is considerably smaller (142.2 inches long), but if you want a back seat that can accommodate adults, I'd avoid the Fiat. At 69.9 inches, the i3 is only two inches wider than the Mini and five inches wider than the Fiat and an inch narrower than the VW. Basically, it's the right size for "compact" parking spots.

Also helping the BMW's cause are its skinny tires: 155 millimeters in the front, 175s in the rear. They contribute to the i3's tight turning circle: 32.3 feet compared to the VW e-Golf's 35.8 and the Mini Cooper's 35.4. The tiny 500e only bests the i3 by one foot with a turning circle of 31.3 ft.

What's more, the i3 is easy to see out of in every direction. There's excellent visibility from the high-mounted driver seat combined with a stunningly good rearview camera. As a result, you can park this little BMW just about anywhere you'd like.

Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 3,654 miles

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