Although it's an electric car, the i3 is still a BMW at heart, and the company's engineers have managed to make it feel surprisingly responsive and agile for something that's mostly designed for town use.
The steering has a consistent, satisfying weight to it and a tiny turning circle helps make the i3 ideal for the urban fray. You'll be amazed at its manoeuvrability in tight spaces; it's perfectly suited to slipping into tight parking spots.
At faster speeds, the standard i3 can feel a bit twitchy and nervous, though, so it isn't as fun to drive along a twisting country road as you might imagine. Overly quick yet uncommunicative steering can also force you to take multiple bites at corners. And despite the fact that the car's relatively skinny tyres produce more grip than you might expect, sudden bumps can easily knock the i3 off line.
Thankfully, the i3s goes some way to correcting this imbalance. A 40mm wider rear track (the distance between the wheels), 10mm lower ride height and specially tuned springs, dampers and anti-roll bars ensure the i3s stays flat through quick changes in direction. And, thanks to wider tyres at both the front and rear, there’s less of the skipping and pogoing that you get in the standard car.