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Compare 2017 BMW i3 vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt

2017 BMW i3
2017 Chevrolet Volt
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60 Ah
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i3 60 Ah N/A N/A $39,930 $42,400
i3 94 Ah N/A N/A $41,840 $44,450
i3 94 Ah w/Range Extender N/A N/A $45,420 $48,300
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5-Door HB LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB LT 43 42 $31,891 $33,220
Volt 5-Door HB Premier 43 42 $36,067 $37,570

2017 BMW i3 vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt: Compare Cars

The BMW i3 and Chevy Volt both are small plug-in electric cars, but the two cars tackle the range-extended electric vehicle question in very different ways.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,930
$31,891
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$33,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$554 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The BMW i3 is a technological and stylistic tour de force—yet like any technology, it's nearing its sell-by date. The 2017 Chevy Volt offers excellent fuel efficiency, and refined driving, improving on its predecessor in every way that counts.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 43 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 42 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.70
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.10
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.80
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 53.20
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 37.80
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 56.50
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.30
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.70
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
62 56.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 61.80
Wheelbase (in)
101 106.10
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 71.20
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.60
Length, Overall (in)
157 180.40
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 10.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.00 x - TBD -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Regenerative
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.87 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 36.40
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.7
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GP
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/50R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 5GP
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2866 3543
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA L3A
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 149
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 294
Fuel System
- Direct Injection
Displacement
- 1.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 106
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 -
Battery Range (mi)
80 53
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 42
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 42 (2016)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 43 (2016)
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA MKV
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 2.64
Trans Type
1 1
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Clutch Size (in)
- NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Chevrolet Volt
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 8.9
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Dead Weight 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
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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