Auto Review of BMW i3

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  Abdullah Raza Butt

Back in 2013, BMW released its space-age looking i3, which wasn’t noticed much back then. At CES 2015, they modified the vehicle with their experimental ActiveAssist feature and ConnectedDrive. It is a hybrid, and is part of BMW’s ‘Project i’ experiment.

The automobile is a rear-wheel drive, rear-engine 5-door urban hatchback. It has won several awards and recognition, including two World Car of the Year Awards selected as 2014’s World Green Car of the Year and the 2014 World Car Design of the Year. The i3 was also given the iF Product Design Gold Award and in the first UK Car of the Year awards it has won in two categories: the UK Car of the Year 2014 and Best Super-mini of 2014.

Global sales have passed 10,000 units in September 2014 alone.

The i3 equips a rapid charging feature, suitable for public DC charging stations and only takes less than 30 minutes to charge from 0% to 80%. The battery is 18.8kWh lithium-ion.

The BMW i3 kits four operating modes, Economy Pro, Economy Pro+, Comfort and Sport+.

The engine is a 25kW 647cc two-cylinder generator and the fuel tank holds 9L in the European version, and 7.2L in the American version. The motor is a 130kW 170hp electric motor. 0-60MPH takes 7 seconds with a top speed of 153KM (93MPH). The car weighs 3.1 tonnes.

With the new ActiveAssist feature, you can step hard on the accelerator, aim at a brick wall and the car stops smoothly, not letting you jerk forward. ActiveAssist immediately stops the car using its four laser-projection lasers. When reversing, it also stops the car when there is not enough space left and prevents scratches all around said vehicle.

With ConnectedDrive, you can download BMW’s smartwatch app and at any time you can say ‘BMW, pick me up’ and, over the internet, the car will start driving to your location. If you don’t want to look weird in public talking to yourself then you can manually press the button in the app. You can also program the car to find itself a parking space, and have it return if you want.

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A brushed design of carbon with lined bits of leather for design has been used for the interior, and is very, VERY roomy due to the fact that there is no centre tunnel and BMW’s ‘LifeDrive’ architecture has been used for the exterior. 19’’ alloys developed by BMW have been used for the wheels. KENAF fibers have been used in the door panels, which is particularly sustainable according to BMW. 25% of the weight of plastic used in the interior of the car comes from recycled or renewable resources. The textiles used on the seats consist of 100% recycled fibers.

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There is an LCD display sitting in the middle of the dashboard (or ‘Life module’, which is made of eucalyptus wood) and there are various options such as Bluetooth phone pairing which uses the cars’ speakers to maintain a crystal clear conversation, Multimedia for movies and/or songs, Radio, Navigation, ConnectedDrive for pairing your smartwatch to the car and lastly, Vehicle Info, to inspect your cars’ details on the go.

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Pricing starts at $42,275 before tax in America, €34,950 in Germany and £30,680 in the UK before the applicable government grant.

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The BMW i3 is an amazing and affordable diminutive car, which is cheap to maintain, looks astounding and has amazing features which you can dazzle anyone you meet with. Even you will be dazzled the day you buy it….until you sell it.

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