2014 BMW i3: Sacrifices Seat Comfort for Weight Savings
July 23, 2015
As you can see, the seats in our 2014 BMW i3 aren't exactly plush-looking. They're purposely thin to save space and weight, and they aren't power-adjustable for the same reasons.
The result is a thoroughly average driver's seat. Not bad, but not great. Comfortable enough during an average commute that you don't really notice it. Anything longer and you start wishing for a little more support and a few more contours.
I find myself fidgeting after an hour or so. The seat is flat with little bolstering, so it it's accommodates a variety of body types, just not mine. The overall position of the seat in relation to the wheel is good, however, so visibility is great. Even with the manual seat adjustments, it's easy to find a comfortable position. There's no option to upgrade the seats themselves, only the material that covers them. In this case, I don't think that would make much of a difference anyway.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 6,891 miles