New video of Steve Sutcliffe driving the i3 REx
Argh now every time I see one , I am going to focus on the micro USB ports, never even noticed till you pointed it outThe i3 seems over priced, with the petrol option giving you not that more range that a Zoe or a 2nd gen Leaf, stupid doors, less seats,and the two massive micro USB chargers on the front grill make it look like a toy.
Not had a chance yet, but I am making plans to be able to get back in the saddle for some proper test time. I only handed back my press card last year, thinking my car reviewing days were behind me... Oops.Have you driven an i3 yet Paul ?
Absolutely!Is it me, or was I right in saying that BMWs amazing PR and marketing machine are winning over cynics and enthusiasts alike?
80 to 100 miles on battery and 150 to 190 miles on petrol is significantly more than the ZOE or Leaf... when you need more fuel you can use electricity or petrol to continue on your way.with the petrol option giving you not that more range that a Zoe or a 2nd gen Leaf
I agree but it's what sells mags and cars. There are plenty of people that don't care about 'driving dynamics' but there's also a very large percentage of car buyers that do and BMW have always aimed at that particular group and have become very successful by doing so. They are the first manufacturer to offer an affordable EV aimed at this group so I don't think it's a coincidence that it's going down well, lots of people waiting for this moment, me included.I think these reviews are not, or at least should not, be based on driving dynamics alone.
This isn't the first time I've read someone inferring that the badge makes people blind to the i3's negative pointsThe BEV i3 is one of the less practical options available on a number of levels... Yet being BMW and having a REx option it seems that all is forgiven.
After the Autocar review I somehow stumbled across a video from a Zoe owner in Aberdeen. His car was fully charged and showing 67 miles of range. Maybe that's far from typical but it struck me as being a long way short of the 130 that I've seen quoted here.I thought the Zoe did 130 and the Rex did 160
The 2013 Leaf (24kWh battery) has a certified range 199 km (124 mi) NEDC. Nissan estimates that the 2013 Leaf has 135 km (84 mi) range EPA.I thought the Zoe did 130 and the Rex did 160, which isn't much more, but maybe the 130 is wrong or not a real world figure.
I'll try to give a "proper" reply when I'm out of the bath(?!) but just quickly on those two things.If you read the i3 threads on 'old school' motoring forums (like PH) you'll find a lot of people buying the i3 just because of how fun it is to drive.
This isn't the first time I've read someone inferring that the badge makes people blind to the i3's negative points
Off the top of my head no, but Google BMW Group press, I think most of their site is open to all, including lots of nice photos.