BMW i3 an SUV?

BMW i3 an SUV?

Autoweek has compiled its list of "Five Favorite SUVs From 2013" and guess what?  The BMW i3 squeezed its way onto the list.

BMW i3

BMW i3

Apparently, the i3 is now an SUV.  That's news to us... but we'll happily take more free publicity for a new plug-in player.

Here's how Autoweek justifies its placement of the i3 in the SUV category:

"The i3 isn't a traditional SUV, but with its hybrid powerplant, room for cargo and upright driving position, it has all the hallmarks. The smallish BMW will go on sale in the second quarter of 2014, for about $41,000. The range extender version will come in at about $45,000."

But still, the i3 is no SUV.

Autoweek tech contributor Tim Stevens says this of the i3:

BMW i3

BMW i3

"Economy was indeed a focus in the i3, but the most important thing is that it hasn't lost its entire family lineage. This is not the Ultimate Driving Machine, but it certainly is a machine that is very fun to drive."

The other 4 vehicles to make Autoweek's 5 favorite SUVs list are as follows:

  • 2012 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
  • 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
  • 2014 Acura MDX SH-AWD
Yes, those are all true SUVs.  The BMW i3 doesn't belong on that list.  That's for sure.

Hat tip to InsideEVs contributor Chris Neff!!!

Source: Autoweek