Compare 2012 Tesla Model S vs 2012 BMW 5-Series

2012 Tesla Model S
2012 BMW 5-Series
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan N/A N/A N/A $57,400
4-Door Sedan Performance N/A N/A N/A $92,400
4-Door Sedan Signature N/A N/A N/A $95,400
4-Door Sedan Signature Performance N/A N/A N/A $105,400
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4-Door Sedan RWD 528i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 528i 23 34 $43,150 $46,900
4-Door Sedan AWD 528i xDrive 22 32 $45,265 $49,200
4-Door Sedan RWD 535i 20 30 $48,300 $52,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 535i xDrive 21 30 $50,415 $54,800
4-Door Sedan RWD ActiveHybrid 5 23 30 $56,075 $60,950
4-Door Sedan RWD 550i 15 22 $57,040 $62,000
4-Door Sedan AWD 550i xDrive 15 20 $59,155 $64,300
Pricing
Invoice Price
N/A
$43,150
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$57,400
$46,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$957 / month
$782 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Tesla Model S sedan turns out to be a much better car than most expected; it just might meld sport-sedan driving, interior space, and comfort with zero-emission running in one revolutionary package. The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
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Fuel Economy
City
N/A mpg 23 mpg
Highway
N/A mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
NA Mid-Size
Number of Passenger Doors
4 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.3 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 56.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 41.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.0 100.5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 58.3
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
196.0 193.1
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 64.1
Wheelbase (in)
116.5 116.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.3 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
65.4 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.0 5.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 18.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.4 x 1.1 13.0 x 0.8
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
14.0 x 1.3 13.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.0 - TBD -
Steering Type
Electric Rack-&-Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.1
Tires
Front Tire Size
245/45R19 225/55R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
245/45R19 225/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4647 3814
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x - TBD - 17 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
NA 10.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
NA - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
NA 170
Engine
Displacement
NA 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
362 @ 6000 240 @ 5000
Engine Type
Electric Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
NA Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
325 260 @ 1250
Engine Order Code
NA N20
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
- TBD - -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
NA 23
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- TBD - -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
NA 27
Battery Range (mi)
160 (Est) -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
NA 34
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- TBD - -
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.29
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.30
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 3.14
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.67
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.39
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.67
Trans Description Cont.
NA Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
9.73 4.71
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.11
Trans Type
1 8
Summary
Vehicle Name
Tesla Model S BMW 5 Series
Body Style
Sedan 4dr Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Integral-V
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A NA
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Multi-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 6
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
NA 6.7
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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