Our cars: BMW i3, Fiat 500L and Volvo V60

  • The BMW i3 ventures into central London
  • Editor Jim Holder has his first try of the Fiat 500L
  • We've been baffled, and delighted, by the Volvo V60's tech
  • BMW i3 has been heading to town

    BMW i3 has been heading to town

  • Fiat 500L feels average next to rivals

    Fiat 500L feels average next to rivals

  • Volvo's cabin is crying out for an update

    Volvo's cabin is crying out for an update

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Every day, we take a look at a couple of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the BMW i3, Fiat 500L and the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid.

BMW i3

The BMW i3 could have been designed with me in mind. My daily commute is a round trip of six miles, although I regularly drive into central London and have one seven-year-old son who only comes with an iPad, rather than the type of clobber you need with younger ones.

So you guessed it: I’m really keen on the What Car? long-term test car. I’ve now ventured into the West End several times in it. Unlike the car's regular custodian John McIlroy, I haven’t fretted about looking for a charging point because there’s always been plenty of juice to get me there and back, so I’ve been free to enjoy the i3's agility, serene silence and a fabulous cabin and driving position (one of the best in the market, in my opinion).

Flaws? I must admit I find the ride a little too stiff, even with 19-inch wheels, and I still don’t quite understand why such a small, light, high-tech car doesn’t have a better battery range than more conventional electric vehicles.

However, I’m prepared to forgive it because it’s a genuine joy to drive and own.

By Chas Hallett
Chas.Hallett@whatcar.com

Read all of our updates on life with the BMW i3.

Meanwhile, editor Jim Holder jumped into our Fiat 500L for the first time, and content editor Tom Webster was simultaneously baffled and impressed by different parts of Nigel's Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid.

Read about life with all of our cars.

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