Compare 2018 BMW 3-Series vs 2018 BMW i3 vs 2018 Tesla Model 3

2018 BMW 3-Series
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2018 BMW i3
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320i Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 320i Sedan 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
3 Series 320i Sedan South Africa 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
3 Series 320i xDrive Sedan 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
3 Series 320i xDrive Sedan South Africa 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
3 Series 328d Sedan 31 43 $39,330 $41,750
3 Series 328d xDrive Sedan 30 40 $41,190 $43,750
3 Series 328d xDrive Sports Wagon 30 40 $43,420 $46,150
3 Series 330e iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid N/A N/A $42,910 $45,600
3 Series 330i Sedan 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
3 Series 330i Sedan South Africa 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Gran Turismo 23 33 $42,395 $45,050
3 Series 330i xDrive Sedan 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Sedan South Africa 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
3 Series 330i xDrive Sports Wagon 23 33 $42,025 $44,650
3 Series 340i Sedan 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
3 Series 340i Sedan South Africa 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
3 Series 340i xDrive Gran Turismo 20 29 $47,835 $50,900
3 Series 340i xDrive Sedan 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
3 Series 340i xDrive Sedan South Africa 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
M3 CS Sedan 16 22 $91,875 $98,250
M3 Sedan 17 25 $62,345 $66,500
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94 Ah
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i3 94 Ah N/A N/A $41,840 $44,450
i3 94 Ah w/Range Extender N/A N/A $45,420 $48,300
i3 s 94 Ah N/A N/A $44,815 $47,650
i3 s 94 Ah w/Range Extender N/A N/A $48,395 $51,500
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Long Range Battery AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model 3 Long Range Battery AWD N/A N/A N/A $53,000
Model 3 Long Range Battery RWD N/A N/A N/A $49,000
Model 3 Mid Range Battery RWD N/A N/A N/A $46,000
Model 3 Performance AWD N/A N/A N/A $64,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,955
$41,840
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,900
$44,450
$53,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$741 / month
$883 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.6
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions. The BMW i3 is a wonder of technology, but it's already been surpasses by EVs with longer range. The 2018 Tesla Model 3 promises Tesla chic at mass-market prices, at least when less expensive versions arrive, but build quality should be any buyer’s biggest worry.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 4 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42 40.5 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.2 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 49.2 54
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 39.6 40.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.6 56.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 31.9 35.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- - 53.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- - 52.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- - 97
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61.3 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 101.2 113.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 69.9 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 61.9 62.2
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 158.3 184.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 62.9 56.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13 - 15
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 15.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 36.9 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 11 13.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 11 14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 - -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 32.4 38.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P175/60R19 P235/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P155/70R19 P235/45WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3295 2961 4072
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 19 X 5 18 X 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 19 X 5.5 18 X 8.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
900 - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 - -
Engine
Displacement
2.0 L/122 - -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
180 @ 5000 170 @ 4800 -
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Electric Electric
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection - -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1250 184 -
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 - -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 - -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 - -
Battery Range (mi)
- 114 310
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- 129 120
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
- 118 116
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- 106 112
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15 9.70 9.00
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 - -
Trans Type
8 1 1
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 - -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 - -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 - -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 - -
Trans Order Code
205 NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 - -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic Automatic
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 - -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 - -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 - -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Hatchback Sedan
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series BMW i3 Tesla Model 3
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 - -
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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