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
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Highway
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 41.2
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
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 93.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 59.5
Wheelbase (in)
101 103.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 70.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.8
Length, Overall (in)
157 168.1
Height, Overall (in)
62 57.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 52.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 22.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.3
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
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P205/55HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2860 3380
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
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
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
Estimated Battery Range (mi)
81 83
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 126
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 116
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA
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
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.70
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 2.70
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Volkswagen e-Golf
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link

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