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Compare 2015 BMW i3 vs 2015 Tesla Model S

2015 BMW i3
2015 Tesla Model S
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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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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
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$75,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$1250 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
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 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 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 55
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.8
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 94
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
157 196
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.5
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 26.3
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 58.1
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 14.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
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
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 -
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/45WR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2860 4608
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 329
Engine Type
Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 -
Mileage
Battery Range (mi)
81 240
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 101
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 101
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 102
Transmission
Trans Type
1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 9.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 8.28
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
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
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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