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