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...
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.
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
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.