Compare 2018 BMW 3-Series vs 2018 Tesla Model 3

2018 BMW 3-Series
2018 Tesla Model 3
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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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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
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,900
$53,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$883 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions. 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 Coming Soon
Highway
35 mpg Coming Soon
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 56.3
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 35.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 40.3
Second Hip Room (in)
- 52.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 97
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 184.8
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 113.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
60.3 62.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13 15
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 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)
11.8 13.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.8 -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 38.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P235/45WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P235/45WR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3295 4072
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7.5 18 X 8.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
900 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
170 -
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Electric
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
200 @ 1250 -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
180 @ 5000 -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- 112
Estimated Battery Range (mi)
- 310
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- 120
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
- 116
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.14 -
Trans Order Code
205 NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.67 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.15 9.00
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.11 -
Trans Type
8 1
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.29 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Tesla Model 3
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
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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