I'd like to have the input of the people around here. I've lived in North America for twelve years. When I first arrived, I couldn't find any US cars that had styling or design that I liked the look of - none. Was that because the US can't design anything? I thought so but then the Apple Mac disproved that. The Mac embodied industrial design that was striking fresh and clean... Oh, that was designed by a brit. So, I'm left with the impression that the US can't design. This cannot be true - a whole nation cannot be bad at design, the laws of average don't stack up.
Then I realized, there are no small hot-hatch designs and it was those that I missed. But, why are American cars big, great in a straight line, softly suspended and useless at going around corners? Answer: The same reason that elephants are big - it’s all down to the habitat. UK cars are typically found on backroads often only marginally wider than the car, roads that are cut along the property lines of 12th century land owners rather than point-to-point interstate flows - there’s no concept of a twelve lane highway in the UK.
I grew up loving hot-hatches like the GTI, XR3 and R5Turbo so for me, the i3 is pretty normal apart from one problem - why is the interior brown? Where’s the black, silver, and the carbon fibre from the UK version? That’s still a mystery for me. Which one will fit perfect for your lifestyle?