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The Top Gear car review:BMW i3
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
The interior of the i3 is possibly one of the best bits about it. Proper seating for four and easy access via the rear suicide doors, interesting shapes, textures, materials and tech. It really does play to your early-adopter fantasies, and yet remains useable and logical. It’s airy, and being able to see the grain on ‘recycled’ carbon structures is a decent talking point. It’s fun without being wacky or gimmicky, and is more practical than many in this segment. You also get a decent chunk of standard equipment to go with the high list price: LED headlights, BMW Professional Multimedia, Heated front seats, BMW ConnectedDrive (BMW Emergency Call, BMW Navigation, BMW Online Services, BMW Teleservices and Real Time Traffic Information). As ever with BMW, if you want to pay for extras, you can. I’d recommend the auxiliary cabin heating system, Park Assist package, i3 Plus package (19 inch BMW i light alloy Turbine wheels, Sun protection glass, Online Entertainment, Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system) and Park Assist Package (Reversing assist camera, Park Distance Control (PDC), Park Assist). You could probably live without the Driving assistant plus (Active cruise control with Stop&Go, City collision mitigation, Forward collision warning, Preventive pedestrian protection, Speed limit display, Traffic jam assist). But if you’ve shelled out already…