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Hi all

I am just about to change my gas guzzling Range Rover and want better economy and to consider the environment in my new car. So I have narrowed it down to either the i3 or hybrid C-HR. I appreciate their are significant differences between the 2 cars and pros and cons but has anyone else been in the same position? How did you decide?

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I was doubting between the BMW 225xe active Tourer: better rear view, premium finish, but range of the plugin battery was not sufficient for me, I can live with twice electric loading on a week, but not every day....
Plus BMW is very basic + expensive options.

CHR finish is IMHO very close to premium finish and very very well equipped with loads of options. In fact all "safety" options are included.

If money was absolute no issue, now I would go for a BMW Gt: most spacious and practical car in the 3 series. (but no hybrid... )

Edit: Hmm, BMW i3 is approx 180 km, but with range extender 330. Very good...
Only...the shape of the car is not so exiting....
 

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Hello,I was in the same position as you,my previous car being a 4.3 gas guzzler.
The only 2 cars I looked at were the BMWi3 and the C-HR.!it took me three months to decide!
It was a hard choice,I test drove both and they are certainly different beasts,the BMW is unbelievably quick,and very futuristic.
My decision in the end came down to my experience with the Lexus/Toyota brands,this is my 10th and touch wood I've never had any problems.
I know you can't believe everything you read or view on the net but when looking to buy new cars we all seem to want owners
Impressions and views.One thing that put me off the BMW was a series of YouTube videos by a Scottish gentleman I seem to recall his name was something like Dobbie,well worth a look.I think that Bmw have a great car in the i3 and in a few years from now when the faults and bugs are fixed I might look again.
I'm sure you'll be more than happy with either car,and I have to admit if a see a i3 I look at it like that girl that got away!
Let us know which if any you decide on.
Happy motoring
 

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Sorry not terribly helpful as I didn't consider the i3 because to me it's a dogs dinner. Really think it looks hideous. CHR is massively better looking and hybrid so doesn't need the plug in the wall
i8 looks nice mind :)

Ultimately it's your choice but my vote goes with toyota
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Was looking at the BMW i3 myself the only thing I was not been on was too much black plastic which the dealer suggested a wrap over the top and that just put me off completely, CHR came along and I fell in love :)
 

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If I were to choose again I'd go for the i3. Better looking car, very nippy, more eco, no range anxiety if you get the REX. Only downside is because it's a BMW you have to pay a lot for extras.
 

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I walked around an i3 and was offered a test drive.

Only reason I didn't was the silly reason of those ridiculously narrow tyres..they'd look wrong on a motorcycle!
 

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Why not consider a RAV4 hybrid or the Lexus NX300 Hybrid when you come from a Range Rover ...
I like my CHR a lot, size is good for me., love the design...has all the gadgets..
I just miss the power and speed on my trips on the Highway...(I come from a diesel ).
I still think about changing it for a RAV4... and if the budget would stretch any further the Lexus NX300 hybrid ...
But as I said don't need a big car 🚗
 

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Thanks all for comments so far. I am having problems getting permission to put a charger outside my house (long story) so leaning towards the C-HR. It's just 2 adults and 2 dogs in my household so I think the C-HR should be big enough! Gonna wait a few days to see if charger situation gets sorted but it probably won't so will then order the C-HR - one thing that puts me off is the higher interest rates when getting PCP finance from Toyota - and of course right now, absolutely no discounts!
 

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Robdc64 said:
I am having problems getting permission to put a charger outside my house (long story) so leaning towards the C-HR.
Have you thought about moving :!: :?: :lol:
 

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I took an I3 for a test drive but I didn't like it. Ride was too harsh and access to rear can only be achieved by opening front door first. Limited boot space was an issue too. You have to watch your head too when getting in and out due to design and location of the door stopper mechanism coming from the roof of the vehicle. Chr is better looking, more practical and imo a better drive
 
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