Compare 2016 BMW i3 vs 2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 BMW i3
2016 Chevrolet Volt
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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 LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB LT 43 42 $31,843 $33,170
Volt 5-Door HB Premier 43 42 $36,019 $37,520
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,510
$31,843
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$33,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$553 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 BMW i3 is a futuristic and different kind of car, not just a new take on what a BMW represents. The new 2016 Chevy Volt improves on its predecessor in every way that counts, and its 53-mile range is unsurpassed among plug-in hybrids—meaning its biggest weak spot is GM’s ability to explain and market it.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 43 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 42 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.80
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 53.20
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 37.80
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 56.50
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.70
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.10
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.70
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.30
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.60
Length, Overall (in)
157 180.40
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 61.80
Wheelbase (in)
101 106.10
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 71.20
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 10.6
Brakes
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 10.00 x - TBD -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Regenerative
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.87 x - TBD -
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 36.40
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 5GP
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GP
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/50R17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2860 3543
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 294
Engine Order Code
NA L3A
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 149
Fuel System
- Direct Injection
Displacement
- 1.5L/91
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 -
Battery Range (mi)
81 53
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 106
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 43
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 42
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 42
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 2.64
Trans Type
1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA MKV
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
Clutch Size (in)
- NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Chevrolet Volt
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 8.9
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- 7.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 1.3

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