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Compare 2016 BMW i3 vs 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf

2016 BMW i3
2016 Volkswagen e-Golf
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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 HB SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
e-Golf 4-Door HB SE N/A N/A $27,835 $28,995
e-Golf 4-Door HB SEL Premium N/A N/A $34,171 $35,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,510
$27,835
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$28,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$483 / 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 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf is a competent electric car, but its specs are less competitive than before.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 38.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 53.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 38.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 93.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.8
Length, Overall (in)
157 168.1
Height, Overall (in)
62 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 59.5
Wheelbase (in)
101 103.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 70.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 22.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 52.7
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 10.7
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 11.3
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P205/55HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2860 3380
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 199
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 115
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 105
Battery Range (mi)
81 83
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 126
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 116
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 3.61
Trans Type
1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 2.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.70
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Volkswagen e-Golf
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut

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