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The Top Gear car review:BMW i3
For:Groundbreaking electric car that’s as good to drive as a trad BMW should be
Against:A step too far for some, but otherwise there's precious little against it
What is it?
BMW has sat down and burned the sustainably-produced midnight oil to create the most revolutionary mainstream electric car yet. Oh, and for those who aren’t yet ready to commit to full EV, it’s also built a range extender i3 too. And how revolutionary? Well, passengers sit in a carbon fibre ‘life cell’, all the electrical bits sit lower down, and the whole four-adult-seats-plus-decent-boot package sits within an overall length less than four metres long. That’s revolutionary.
BMW calls it a ‘megacity’ car and has even invented a new brand to sell it under - i. The i3 is a breakthrough that makes the Nissan Leaf suddenly seem a bit old fashioned…