Compare 2015 BMW i3 vs 2015 Chevrolet Volt vs 2015 Tesla Model S

2015 BMW i3
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i3 4-Door HB N/A N/A $39,510 $42,400
i3 4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $43,050 $46,250
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB 35 40 $32,971 $34,345
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4-Door Sedan AWD 70D
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 70D N/A N/A N/A $75,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 85D N/A N/A N/A $85,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 90D N/A N/A N/A $88,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD P85D N/A N/A N/A $105,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD P90D N/A N/A N/A $108,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 60 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $69,900
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 70 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $70,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 85 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $80,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 90 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $83,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,510
$32,971
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$34,345
$75,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$572 / month
$1250 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.6
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 BMW i3 is not just a new kind of BMW, but a different sort of car, one that aims to reimagine the way people get around in crowded cities. The 2015 Chevrolet Volt remains the only range-extended electric car, and Chevy hasn't done a good job of explaining it, but if you can live with four seats, it's smooth, quiet, comfortable--and one way into the future of cars. The 2015 Tesla Model S has no direct competition; the electric luxury hatchback is the benchmark among its kind in a market with more than 20 plug-in models. It's likely the most advanced car on the planet.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 35 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 40 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Large Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.05 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 36.02 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 53.90 55
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 37.80 38.8
Passenger Capacity
4 4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 56.52 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.10 35.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.0 94
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.73 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.21 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 62.10 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
101 105.70 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 70.40 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 61.20 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
157 177.10 196
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.64 56.5
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 - 58.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 - 26.3
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 10.6 -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.80 x - TBD - 14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.50 x - TBD - 14.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 36.00 -
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr Rack-Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.80 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.4 -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GN NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/55R17 P245/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 5GN NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/55R17 P245/45WR19
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 3786 4608
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4 Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 273 -
Engine Order Code
NA LUU NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 149 329
Fuel System
- Electronic Fuel Injection -
Displacement
- 1.4L/85 -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 98 101
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 - 102
Battery Range (mi)
81 38 240
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 - 101
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 35 (Est) -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 37 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 40 (Est) -
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA MKA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 NA 9.73
Trans Type
1 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA 8.28
Clutch Size (in)
- NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Chevrolet Volt Tesla Model S
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- NA -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 9.3 -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- - TBD - -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - TBD - -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 1.3 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 10 -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
-

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