Compare 2017 BMW i3 vs 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 BMW i3
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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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
$32,443

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$42,400
$33,795

Monthly Payment Estimate

$707 / month
$563 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.6
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. 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

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)

101 103.5

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 57.2

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)

2866 2455

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

184 214

Engine Order Code

NA NA

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

170 @ 4800 134

Mileage

EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy

111 111

Estimated Battery Range (mi)

80 125

EPA MPG Equivalent - City

137 126

EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined

124 119

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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