Consumer Reports Takes Delivery Of “Quick And Quirky” BMW i3

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 31

BMW i3

BMW i3

BMW i3

BMW i3

Consumer Reports is keen on electric vehicles.

In fact, the world’s leading consumer magazine has owned nearly every plug-in vehicle nationally available in the U.S.  Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Consumer Reports just added the BMW i3 to its fleet.

“Plugged in to our new quick-and-quirky BMW i3 electric car.”

“Futuristic, extended-range car reveals a whole different side to the German automaker.”

“After a nine-month wait, we’ve just taken delivery of the futuristic-looking BMW i3, a tall, rear-drive, electric-powered hatchback. This is a quick-and-quirky little car with a driving experience quite unlike anything else, for better and worse.”

Over the coming months, Consumer Reports will conduct various tests with its BMW i3, but for now we’ve got only the magazine’s first take, which we’ll hightlight below with some bullet points:

  • The two-cylinder engine kicks in imperceptibly if you’re at cruising speeds, but when you’re tooling around at about 15 mph, you hear a rather rough thrum emanating from the back.
  • …Handling is surprisingly agile for a pod as tall as this one
  • …the ride is rather stiff’
  • …other than the not-so-pleasant engine noise at low speeds, the cabin remains quiet.
  • Slowing down or stopping takes getting used to. The regenerative braking system activates as soon as you let your foot off the gas pedal, decelerating the car quite aggressively.

And now it’s time for Consumer Reports’ brief first take conclusion:

“The i3 seems like a perfect urban runabout for the socially conscious and environmentally correct, at least those with money to invest in the cause. Given its price, Playmobil toy shape, and still limited range, it’s natural to be skeptical about the i3’s chances. But judging from the looks and thumbs-ups we’ve been getting, it’s certainly piquing the interest of passersby.”

Source: Consumer Reports

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31 responses to "Consumer Reports Takes Delivery Of “Quick And Quirky” BMW i3"

  1. Bill Howland says:

    I’ve never heard the answer as to why you can only fill up the REX gas tank only once.

    1. Bill: Where did you hear that? I suppose you haven’t heard the answer because the question isn’t true. You can drive an i3 REx from NY to CA without ever plugging it in if you really wanted to, just by stopping and filing up every 50 or 60 miles.

      1. mhpr262 says:

        I strongly suspect he was being sarcastic …

        1. bill howland says:

          Thanks, it was a serious question.

    2. Disappointed says:

      The Answer Is Embarrassment!

      Once you hear that motor scooter engine run and experience the cars performance and are then reminded that you spent an extra $4,000 for the Rex. You’ll never want to fill up the tank again.

      You Can fill it up every 50 miles, but you won’t want to !

  2. CR> …socially conscious and environmentally correct…

    How about: “conscious”. As opposed to: “asleep at the wheel”

    or “environmentally responsible” as opposed to “couldn’t give a …”

    Conservatives are really big on “responsibility”. As in “personal responsibility”. I’m not sure how that value system omits environmental responsibility and stewardship, but the conservative political leadership has managed to frame it that way.

    (I used to consider myself a conservative, until I became too embarrassed by the hypocrisy around environmental issues)

    Caring about the quality of the air you breath and the water you drink is not an issue for “feel gooders” to care about people. It’s about your health. And your kids health. And your aging parent’s health. All of which depend on a quality environment.

    Surely that’s an issue that all people, regardless of political leanings, could agree on?

    1. iwatson says:

      Is it possible for a conservative to have their own mind. I consider myself to be a conservative and yet I own two electric cars. Stewardship is a big component of personal responsibility. My finances are not my own but I have a responsibility to manage those finances while I spend time here. EV’s allow me to better budget fuel costs as electric rates remain fairly constant and more affordable than using a the finite resource of petroleum that is more expensive an subject to wide price swings.

      1. bill howland says:

        Warmonger ‘conservatives’ have stolen the label. All those ‘ultraconservatives’ would have never voted for someone like Barry Goldwater in ’64, but were ‘All the Way with LBJ!’.

        When I was a kid, we used to have a little laugh about “Pravda” (TRUTH) telling the lies the Soviet Union populace what they wanted to hear.

        The lies of the current western media make the Pravda of 50 years ago look like the Oracle at Delphi.

        I’ll trust RT.com or RIA.RU more than anyone over here. Thanks to the internet, it is possible for western readers to deduce what is going on and why, but you can’t be lazy about it.

        1. Mike says:

          Yes. It’s bad when RT.com has 99% more truth then Fox Lies.

          And Republicans are the suckers of the Republican game.
          They voted for a Tea Party candidate that want’s to cut Social Security by 60%.

          They also kiss wall street’s corrupt rear. You will NEVER hear a Republican say 1 Word about Wall Street or Corporate Corruption. With the crash of 2007 completely based on Wall Street Securitization Fraud, and they till talk like government is any kind of a problem. Wall Street 10000% worse then any little error “government” creates.

          And their complete SENILITY about Global Warming.

          The Republican Party is too incompetent to be given the job of Town Dog Catcher.

          1. Open-Mind says:

            You clearly live on planet MSNBC.

          2. Bill Howland says:

            Not to get too far off topic here, but currently, look for politicians favoring the 1% sales tax. Small investors don’t have to worry since the first $million will be exempted. NY State already has a Tobin Tax, but they refund all the money to Wall Street, because they threatened to move to NJ. I’m a conservative, but I’m voting for democratic candidate hopeful Randy Credico (may have to write him in since the Democratic Primary is closed. THere’s also a guy in Sanfrancisco in favor of the tax, as well as DanForNebraska.com

            1. GSP says:

              To go even further off-topic, I would love to see 1% sales tax. My state has hiked sales tax from 2% to 9%, which in my view is getting close to highway robbery.

              I don’t understand the part about “investors” and the first million exempted however. I will have to “invest” in lots of toothpaste, home furnishings, and electric cars before I would hit the $1M threshold. Is the tax zero up to that point?

              Anyway, look forward to CR’s take on the i3.

              GSP

              1. Bill Howland says:

                Oh, sorry I didn’t explain. This is a 1% wall street notional value sales/transaction tax. The general public is being ripped off on their savings and checking account interest, being less than 1% when it used to be 5%. Wall Street has been siphoning that money for years the same as a crook would siphon gas from a neighbor’s car. A 1% tax on a trillion dollars they tell me is a fair chunck of change that could be used to lower taxes on the rest of us. But its main purpose may be in getting the populace to really understand what is going on.

                1. Mint says:

                  Nobody is being ripped off on 1% savings. Banks have zero need for more savings, because they can’t find enough safe lending opportunities to make use of your money.

                  Not only do they have excess reserves, but they’re growing.

                  The biggest problem with the economy is that the wealthy are saving *too much*. They have >$7 trillion in the bank earning zero interest and >$10 trillion in gov’t bonds earning almost zero interest.

                  Any attempt to raise interest rates or reduce inflation overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy.

        2. MikeM says:

          And let’s not forget Aljazeera!

    2. Open-Mind says:

      When conservatives see litter on the ground, they quietly pick it up.

      When liberals see litter on the ground, they leave it there while loudly preaching guilt about it.

      1. Nick says:

        Or the conservative pretends not to see it; then claims it doesn’t exist.

        1. Open-Mind says:

          Conservatives don’t see the litter because they’ve already picked it up. Case in point:

          http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2010/08/a-tale-of-two-rallies-on-the-mall-clean-conservatives-vs-filthy-libs-video/

          1. Mint says:

            What a joke. You cherry pick one example of littering to make conservatives seem clean?

            I’ve volunteered for park and street cleanup in several cities, and never saw anyone at these gatherings as conservative as you.

    3. Ted Fredrick says:

      I am a concervative and I agree on those issues

  3. ffbj says:

    I agree that the decision to buy electric is a personal choice that simply makes sense, regardless of your politics. Whatever positive points about them you choose to emphasize. They are simply better than other modes of transportation.

  4. Phr3d says:

    ‘Conservative’ Republicans lost me in 2002-2006 when we had a perfect congress and president. If that’s the best we can do, I’m definitely over you.
    I watch a lame chest-beater out-conservative and win over a staunch and powerful conservative, Then They get thrown out being out-conservatived Again.. I laugh/cry trying to imagine the next decade in non-compromise politics.

    1. Mike says:

      Yes, the Dick Cheney Presidency was the WORST in US History. A war based on Fraud, unleashed Wall Street corruption and Dick’s special No Bid government contracts to the most incompetent builders in history during Katrina. They’re still fixing the “fixes” down there.

      1. Mike says:

        And not one PEEP about overspending when the Republica-CROOKs were in office. That’s what it’s like to be Completely SNOWED by Fox Lies.

        1. Open-Mind says:

          Liberals … rewriting history for decades … one distortion at a time:

          “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members…

          It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well, effects American security.

          This is a very difficult vote, this is probably the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. Any vote that might lead to war should be hard, but I cast it with conviction.”

          Senator Hillary Clinton (Democrat, New York)
          Addressing the US Senate
          October 10, 2002

          “It is the duty of any president, in the final analysis, to defend this nation and dispel the security threat. Saddam Hussein has brought military action upon himself by refusing for 12 years to comply with the mandates of the United Nations. The brave and capable men and women of our armed forces and those who are with us will quickly, I know, remove him once and for all as a threat to his neighbors, to the world, and to his own people, and I support their doing so.”

          Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)
          Statement on eve of military strikes against Iraq
          March 17, 2003

          1. Alonso Perez says:

            Hillary Clinton is no liberal, and no liberal would mistake her for one. That war vote is precisely why she lost the primary against Obama.

            Had Liberals supported Hillary, you’d have a point. But they didn’t. They made her pay.

            Liberals did not support Kerry either, but in the 2004 primaries the liberal choice, Howard Dean, imploded, so we got stuck with Kerry anyway.

            1. Stuart22 says:

              I think anybody a millimeter to the left of far-right whackoheads would be written off as ‘liberal’.

  5. david_cary says:

    I have a Leaf, like the concept of the Rex, could afford it … but I can’t do the doors nor the lack of aerodynamics.

    I am struggling to imagine the range on that thing at 75 mph.

    (just trying to get back on topic)

    1. GSP says:

      Was this thread about the i3? 🙂

      GSP

      1. Bill Howland says:

        Yeah, BMW sure has come along way since the 13 horsepower single cylinder Iso Isetta. Let’s all hope the I3 sells more copies than the 160,000 odd II’s.

  6. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    The more I think of it, the more I think the i3 should just be considered a 2-door, where the suicide doors just mean that you don’t need as long a main door, which makes ingress and egress easier in parking lots.