Video: MotorWeek BMW i3 Quick Spin Review


Despite it’s odd styling, it still drives like a BMW.

MotorWeek Quick Spin Review

MotorWeek Quick Spin Review

That’s the gist of MotorWeek’s “quick spin” review of the BMW i3.

“BMW’s electrified “i” brand is now very much a reality, and fresh off of our quick spin in the 2014 i3, we can say that it is impressive despite its odd styling. And more importantly, it still drives like a BMW.”

Writes MotorWeek.

While this “quick spin” review doesn’t provide us with new i3 details, it does come from a highly respected source.

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Was it my imagination or did it look and sound like those thin tires fail to grip the road in a section of that video around :53-:55 ?


It is still a little odd that so few of these reviews deal with the REx. Of the few reviews that have talked about it, they indicated that the car has much less power if you are on the rex and the battery is depleted as I suspected would be the case. I still like the concept since the reduced power really doesn’t matter much except when going up hills but for $4K more, I’m not sure it is a great deal. I’d could see paying $2K more for that feature.

And it still seems crazy that they don’t have an option for more battery power. The US version is not user controllable and so it would act exactly like this. ‘Still, the range extender kicked in and, with what sounded like a lawnmower humming away in the boot, I reached my destination. ‘ And: ‘ I thrummed along at 70mph, but it soon became clear that at this kind of speed our comfortable range between fill-ups was more like 40-50 miles. Still, it was impressive how, even when it says it’s flat, the car maintains enough battery power to give an instant shove of torque. Only if you really run it down, which you’ll have to try pretty hard to do (or so I’d been told), would you compromise the performance. Which is what happened next. I’d just come through a heavy but localised rain storm on the M20 when the i3 started to slow. It was a gradual process, from motorway cruising speed all the way down to 44mph. By this time I was travelling up a slight incline and had effectively become a slow-moving obstacle. Lorries were catching me with quite frankly terrifying closing speeds. It was three or four minutes – which was long enough to make me consider pulling over… Read more »
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Apparently it does around 30mpg ( Imperial gallons?) on the RE too.

That’s pretty f–king dreadful.

Guess I’ll wait for the i5 :p

I don’t mind the weak power aspect of the rex . . . but the tiny gas tank and the $4K price bump are what bother me. That little 2 cylinder just doesn’t cost $4K (or at least shouldn’t cost $4K).

Topic: charging

The first private charging measurements in Germany are there. From 80% to 100% when charging with 7,4kw in public the i3 takes 2 hours. This seems also be true when using public fast DC CCS where some people have observed 1:30 hrs frpm 95% to 100%. So full charging seems to take a lot of time and reduces practical range. When using the default 16A / 3,7kw six hours charging time for a full charge at home is expected. Charging at -2 degree celsius was observed by limiting to 2,6kw. The full picture is not clear, but BMW does NOT give any measurements, so the community has to make their own. To most owners this looks NOT like 1st class technology.