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One of the more popular US college basketball cheers takes place when a visiting superstar player has a sub-par performance and the student section cheers "OVER-RATED" followed by a rhythmic five-clap. The concept has apparently made its way overseas to a UK journalist reviewing BMW's new i3 plug-in vehicle.

The Telegraph rated the i3 three out of five stars, even while calling it "a delight to drive."

While acknowledging the many very positive reviews for the all-electric version (ours from last month would certainly qualify), the reviewer for UK's Telegraph found plenty of things to quibble about when it came to the i3 and its 650-cc gas-powered range extender. Not only did the Bimmer have less-than-advertised range on both its electric motor and the range extender, but the car's control system, which restricts power when the battery charge gets low before the generator kicks in, limited the i3 to dangerously slow (by highway standards) speeds. Between those factors and the car's relatively small trunk, the Telegraph rated the i3 three out of five stars, even while calling it "a delight to drive."

In general the car, sans the gas-powered range extender, has been praised for its roominess, quickness and regenerative braking system, among other things, but most of the early journalist drives were done in battery-only vehicles. On top of the gas-burning option, BMW is trying to get prospective buyers to take the plunge by offering a full suite of services ranging from free consultation for at-home charging station installations to ChargeNow cards to an on-board navigation system that helps locate nearby public charging stations. We hope they work better than the Telegraph's experience with the REx. Check out the video below.



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      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rupert Murdoch Owns the Telegraph. It's another News-Is-Purchased publication. No one uses the telegraph for a real news source.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Oh, some do use 'the Torygraph' as a real news source. They are the UK equivalent of Americans who use Fox News as a news source.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Well, it is better than the Daily Fail. But yeah, it is heavily biased.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      When will aotobloggreen test the i3 range extended plugin hybrid ?
      HVH20
      • 1 Year Ago
      So which one do they prefer, the Voltec powertrain that when asked will force charge the batteries as fast as possible to 50% SOC (I.E. Mountain Mode) and deliver full power all day beyond the normal operating conditions. Or the BMS i3 that turtles like a Prius under high load... All of a sudden hearing engine noise isnt that big of a deal.
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HVH20
        Actually, you can engage the REx in the i3 below 70% state of charge in the European models to preserve the batter for just such a situation. I do not know if this will be allowed in the US, especially California.
          jeff
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jeff
          It could be allowed in cars not sold in California...
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jeff
          jeff, that cannot be allowed in CARB areas on a BEVx. The RE cannot turn on until the car would otherwise stop moving (be out of battery) if it didn't have an RE. If BMW wants to turn on the RE early, they have to make it an EREV instead of BEVx. Honestly, given the recent extension of the green HOV sticker program, I don't see why they wouldn't make it an EREV instead of BEVx. But so far they haven't said they will.
          Aaron
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jeff
          Apparently the US model will NOT have the ability to start and stop the REx manually. Weird, huh?
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Note that the suggested workaround for this issue, to engage the range extender with 30-40% battery life remaining is not allowed in the ZEVx version sold in CARB states and indeed not likely on any unit sold to the US market. I don't get why people are down on the Telegraph here. They say the car has limited performance in RE mode. Is this the fault of the Telegraph? Would it be any different if someone else were driving?
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        But Rupert Murdoch! Faux News!! George Bush!!! Koch Brothers!!! Something something, talking points!!! ALgghghffffppphttt!!!
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        They intentionally caused the issues...
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jeff
          By turning on the headlights? Heater? He drive far enough that I assure you, headlights or defroster or whatever on or off the range extender still would have come on.
          jeff
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jeff
          He also turned on the air conditioner to drain more power. He admired that the charge showed less tha60 miles at the beginning of the trip so it was not fully charged.
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Year Ago
      "One of the more popular US college basketball cheers takes place when a visiting superstar player has a sub-par performance and the student section cheers "OVER-RATED" followed by a rhythmic five-clap." What the hell am I reading?
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ Rotation Or Vauxhall Ampera ! (Volt)
      Aaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      I still want to know how much it is to replace those tires! No tire outlet I've found online sells that size other than for spare tires for trucks!
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ Joeviocoe Joe, you have to make allowance for cultural differences, In the UK a significant number of motorists seem to be convinced that if you turn on the wipers you must also turn on the cars lights. (I have no rationale for this belief, but it exists). If you listen carefully, the review actually points that out. Headlights, are a significant drain of the cars battery. If you read the article, it tells you that the car was fully charged at the commencement of the test. No one twisted the truth. In fact I was most impressed that the BMW i3 performed so well under such conditions ! Remember, the advertised 80 miles is estimated if the car is operated under optimal conditions. Objecting to this article because the author says the i3 isn't perfect, is not being fair ! Of course it's not perfect, (very little is). But no one who was interested in buying an EV, would be deterred by the Telegraph's basically positive reveiw.
      jeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was not fully charged. In the video he is planning the trip with the GPS an points out it is feeling him 70 miles and the EV range shows 49 miles.... So it was not fully charged....period...
      dewd7
      • 1 Year Ago
      Limited range gas engine? Whose idea was that? And Only $55,000! And the noisy beef here about maybe 20 miles of range? 20 miles? Get real people. Take the fingers out of your ears, the blinders off. Stop cheering this pathetic parade. Stop it. You are why they are making this carbon fiber coated, over priced crap. $55,000. Fifty Five Thousand Dollars. It would be hilarious if it were not so damn pathetic. Tesla/Prius is the mark, this isn't even in the game. OT: Why is good old Green Germany so dramatically off the pace?
      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      But the leaf salesman said that the ultra efficient bose audio system would give me 20 miles of additional range. /sarcasm
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm warming up to this car . . . but make a version without that 2-tone paint that highlights the weird front.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        I can't dig the look. If the paint color was not 2 tone, i think that would help a lot though.
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