Compare 2017 BMW i3 vs 2017 Nissan Leaf vs 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 BMW i3
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2017 Nissan Leaf
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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
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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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S Hatchback
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
LEAF S Hatchback N/A N/A $29,064 $30,680
LEAF SL Hatchback N/A N/A $34,843 $36,790
LEAF SV Hatchback N/A N/A $32,394 $34,200
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4-Door Limited Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
e-Golf 4-Door Limited Edition N/A N/A $32,443 $33,795
e-Golf 4-Door SE N/A N/A $29,275 $30,495
e-Golf 4-Door SEL Premium N/A N/A $35,515 $36,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,930
$29,064
$32,443
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$30,680
$33,795
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$511 / month
$563 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
5.8
6.4
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. Eclipsed by the Chevrolet Bolt EV's 200-mile-plus range, the Nissan Leaf is best enjoyed with the substantial discounts dealers are eager to offer. The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 52.5 53.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 41.2 38.4
Passenger Capacity
4 5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.3 55.9
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 33.3 35.6
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.1 41.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.3 38.1
Front Hip Room (in)
- 51.7 -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 92.4 93.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- 50 -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.6 60.8
Length, Overall (in)
157 175 168.1
Height, Overall (in)
62 61 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 60.4 59.5
Wheelbase (in)
101 106.3 103.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 69.7 70.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 6.3 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 23.6 22.8
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 30 52.7
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.5 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.1 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 34.2 35.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 3323 2455
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 16 X 6 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 16 X 6 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 187 214
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 107 134
Engine Type
Electric Electric Electric
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 101 111
Battery Range (mi)
80 107 125
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 124 126
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 112 119
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 7.94 3.61
Trans Type
1 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- - 2.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 2.70
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Nissan LEAF Volkswagen e-Golf
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut

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