Compare 2016 BMW i3 vs 2016 Chevrolet Volt vs 2016 Tesla Model S

2016 BMW i3
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2016 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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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
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2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 60D
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 60D N/A N/A N/A $73,000
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 70D N/A N/A N/A $76,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 75D N/A N/A N/A $79,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 90D N/A N/A N/A $89,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD P100D N/A N/A N/A $134,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD P90D N/A N/A N/A $109,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 60 N/A N/A N/A $68,000
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 70 N/A N/A N/A $71,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 75 N/A N/A N/A $74,500
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 70 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $70,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,510
$31,843
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$33,170
$73,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$553 / month
$1217 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
8.8
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. There's still no direct competition for the 2016 Tesla Model S, which offers elegant design, 240 miles or more of all-electric range, and jaw-dropping acceleration in the higher-end models. It's one of a kind.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 43 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 42 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Large Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.80 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 53.20 55
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 37.80 38.8
Passenger Capacity
4 5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 56.50 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.70 35.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.10 42.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.70 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.30 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.0 94
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 71.20 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.60 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
157 180.40 196
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.4 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 61.80 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
101 106.10 116.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD - -
Liftover Height (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
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 10.00 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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.87 x - TBD - 14
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 36.40 -
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.7 -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.0 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD - -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/50R17 P245/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 5GP NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/50R17 P245/45WR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GP NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 3543 4647
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0 19 X 8
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4 Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 294 -
Engine Order Code
NA L3A NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 149 518
Displacement
- 1.5L/91 -
Fuel System
- Direct Injection -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 - -
Battery Range (mi)
81 53 218
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 Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 2.64 9.73
Trans Type
1 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA MKV NA
Clutch Size (in)
- NA -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 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
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Chevrolet Volt Tesla Model S
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback 2016.5
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
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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