2014 BMW i3: Sustainable Can Be Beautiful
July 30, 2015
Car designers love to compare their creations to things outside the automotive world. "The instrument panel was inspired by high-end watches," is an oft-heard boast. "The cabin was influenced by high-end home furniture," is another. Usually they're stretching to make a point, but in the 2014 BMW i3 they actually have a point.
Opt for either the Giga or Terra World trim levels and you get a dashboard topped with "open pore eucalyptus wood from certified forestry." Now, I'm not really sure what that means exactly, but I do know that it's some of the nicest wood trim I've ever seen in a modern car. Even after the initial novelty factor wears off, it still looks good, as in fine furniture-good.
It's one of the many things that make the i3 unique and its one reason why I don't mind spending time in it.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 6,882 miles