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
N/A
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
0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.3
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
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 -
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 4647
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 518
Engine Type
Electric Electric
Mileage
Battery Range (mi)
81 218
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 -
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 9.73
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
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 8.28
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback 2016.5
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

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