Tesla owner reviews the BMW i3
While I don't think the BMW i3 and the Tesla Model S actually compete, or even have much in common other than the fact that they are electric, It's interesting to read what drivers of other EVs think about the i3 after a some time behind the wheel. Green Car Reports ran an interesting review of the BMW i3 from an actual Tesla driver. Electric luxury sportscar meets sustainable urban mobility. Have a look at some key points from the review of BMW's i3.
When the Model S is your benchmark for acceleration, every other car is bound to disappoint. And the i3 does. It's spritely, but hardly overwhelming.
The Tesla has a creep mode that can be turned on and off, and I've always kept mine on. But I found I liked the i3's complete-stop mode.* It's inspired me to turn off the creep mode in the Tesla for a few days. We'll see how I like it.
Since the little BMW weighs fully a ton less than the Tesla (2600 pounds versus 4600 pounds), I didn't expect it to have a ride as smooth as the bigger car. And it doesn't.*
While the Tesla drives like an ingot on rails, I found the i3's steering slightly nervous, requiring tiny adjustments even on smooth, straight roads.*
BMW fans and driving-glove/heel-and-toe types may view this highly sensitive steering feedback as a good thing. I can see their point, but I don't agree.
Efficiency was surprisingly mediocre during my two test drives. It is astonishing and disappointing to me that the i3 would be only about 7 percent more efficient than a car that's nearly twice as heavy.
All of BMW's engineering savvy, a clean sheet of paper, carbon-fiber reinforced plastic for the body shell, and the company comes up with an EPA range of......81 miles? Really?
Ease of entry, Maneuverability:
With the i3, Driver access is good--a lot better than the Tesla.*Great for tall, creaky guys like me. I could actually see what was behind me when I backed up. Amazing. And with the four corners of the car so close, maneuvering in tight spaces was a breeze.
In the end:
For now, the Tesla Model S remains secure in its position at the top of the electric-car pantheon. Competition from the i3? Hah!
Source and read the full review from Green Car Reports.
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