2014 BMW i3: The More I Drive It, the More I Like It
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on October 9, 2015
It would be easy to dismiss a car like the 2014 BMW i3 as nothing more than a goofy-looking science experiment. It looks hopelessly awkward from nearly every angle, and trying to explain its immense breadth of technology to a curious bystander is futile.
After driving it, however, the i3 grows on you quickly.
For starters, it drives well. It accelerates up to highway speeds quickly and the suspension feels sufficiently refined over L.A's buckled concrete freeways. You're aware that the tires are small and narrow, but the car doesn't feel frail.
I also like the brakes. They have a high level of regeneration so you can drive the i3 in heavy traffic without ever using the actual brake pedal. It sounds insignificant, but once you get used to the feel it's kind of fun.
Finally, the interior feels huge. Between the glass area and the dashboard design, the i3 gives you the impression that it's much bigger on the outside. It's a nice feeling when you're surrounded in traffic.
I didn't expect to like the i3, but the more seat time I get, the more I appreciate its ingenious design.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor