Surprisingly, the Shifter Is Intuitive To Use - 2014 BMW i3 Long-Term Road Test
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2014 BMW i3: Surprisingly, the Shifter Is Intuitive To Use

March 6, 2015

2014 BMW i3:

Sometimes I'm slow to learn new things. When I saw the column-mounted shifter in our long-term 2014 BMW i3, I was pretty sure I would get befuddled and make the wrong selection at some point.

After all, you twist the thing up to get Drive and twist it down to select Reverse. This seems backward to me, unless you think of "up" as akin to going forward and "down" as akin to backing up. I suppose that's what BMW's designers decided.

Regardless, I haven't yet selected the wrong gear in the i3. And I've found the shifter quite intuitive and ergonomic to use when switching between R and D while parallel parking. I really don't think about it at all in normal driving, and that's a good thing.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 2,804 miles


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