Originally Posted by Marc
Got our first i3 in 2016. Looked at both the i3 and the leaf at the time. The only other alternative was the Zoe, but that didn't really appeal.
I had arranged to take the i3 demonstrator for 3 days, followed by the leaf. Picked the i3 up and was amazed at the pickup and also very impressed by the one pedal driving. 3 days later, went to pick up the leaf. The dealership had forgotten, and I ended up getting the salesmans car for 24 hours. Drove it home, it felt sluggish to me, also had a whine coming from the back. Didnt help that it also smelt of smoke. Got home, wife took it for a spin, 2 minutes later just said "no". So I drove it back to the dealer straight away, went back to BMW and placed my order
The i3 seats just 4 people, so may not be suitable for everyone, it also has the reverse doors (not sure what they call it), but you get used to them very quickly.
We like it so much, when our 2 year PCP was up, we got another one.
Now, this is where it gets interesting.
My lad does 17k miles a year and was looking at EVs. He decided on an Ioniq. We went to look at it last Saturday and the Premium SE model is a fully specced out car. We both drove it and we both thought the rear window visibility was restricted by the spoiler which effectively splits the view in half. It also didnt have a rear wiper and it was raining heavily during our test drive and the rain never seemed to clear.
The dealer worked out finance on a new car and also on the demonstrator we had just driven. The figures he came back with for a 4 year PCP were quite high, I messaged my BMW dealer and he soon found a new i3, well specced, for less per month than the Ioniq. So, he too is getting one now. In fact, it is the 2nd i3 in the house which prompted me to take another look at energy suppliers this morning which is when I decided to switch
The Ioniq is not as fast to get going as the i3 either.
If you are looking, I definitely recommend taking them for a test drive, 24-36 hours if you can wangle it. But do the i3 last.
For my lad, it was strange that a car costing £10k would be cheaper to finance given all the same variables (Deposit, miles per annum etc, but it was.