Compare 2016 BMW i3 vs 2016 Tesla Model S

2016 BMW i3
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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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
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 85 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $80,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,510
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$73,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$1217 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
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. 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
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Highway
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 94
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
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
Length, Overall (in)
157 196
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.5
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
Brakes
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
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
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 -
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/45WR19
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2860 4647
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
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
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 518
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 -
Estimated Battery Range (mi)
81 218
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 -
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 9.73
Trans Type
1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 8.28
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Tesla Model S
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback 2016.5
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link

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