Compare 2014 BMW i3 vs 2014 Tesla Model S

2014 BMW i3
2014 Tesla Model S
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door HB N/A N/A $38,040 $41,350
4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $41,585 $45,200
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4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 60 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $69,900
4-Door Sedan 85 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $79,900
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $93,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,040
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,350
$69,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$689 / month
$1165 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 BMW i3 is a truly radical attempt to reinvent the car--and the BMW--for the crowded cities of a new century. Now in its third year, the 2014 Tesla Model S has no direct competitor. It remains the undisputed top choice in the growing world of plug-in electric cars, and there's a good case to be made that it's the most advanced car of any kind on the planet.
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Fuel Economy
City
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Highway
N/A mpg N/A mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.7
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 55
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 94
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
101 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
157 195.9
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 14.4
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 37
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/45YR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/45YR19
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 4647
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 317
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 302 @ 5000
Engine Type
Electric Electric
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 95
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 97
Battery Range (mi)
80 208
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 94
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 9.73
Trans Type
1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 8.28
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Tesla Model S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Double Wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 10.0 (Est)
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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