While the BMW i3 appeals to a lot of people due to its quirky/futuristic styling and capable power train, most feel that spending $50,000 on one would be a huge mistake.
It just so happens that Doug DeMuro is of that same mindset. During the course of his review of the i3, he goes on to explain why this little BMW isn’t worth $50,000, and we can’t help but feel as though his arguments are sound.
For starters, you get less range than you would in the fully-electric Tesla Model 3, which also happens to be cheaper to purchase – as are other EVs such as the Nissan Leaf. So right off the bat, the i3 is looking at an uphill battle as far as well-informed customers are concerned.
Unfortunately, there are a few more negative aspects to the i3. DeMuro also points to how there’s very little room in the back for relatively tall people, poor build quality with regards to exterior panels, a gimmicky turn signal stalk and not as many modern safety features as you’d think – you don’t even get a back-up camera.
It’s not all bad with the BMW i3
Yet, he also goes on to say that aside from these flaws and the fact that it’s way overpriced for 2018, he still likes the i3, which he found enjoyable to drive, and good-looking with a pleasant interior, built responsibly out of recycled materials.
Now, if you really want an i3, the best way of landing one in a morally responsible fashion is by either getting a gigantic discount from your BMW dealer, or simply by purchasing a used model – they’re quite cheap now.