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
60 Ah N/A N/A $39,930 $42,400
94 Ah N/A N/A $41,840 $44,450
94 Ah w/Range Extender N/A N/A $45,420 $48,300
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4-Door SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door SE N/A N/A $29,275 $30,495
4-Door Limited Edition N/A N/A $32,443 $33,795
4-Door SEL Premium N/A N/A $35,515 $36,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,930
$29,275
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$30,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$508 / 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
- -
Highway
- -
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
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
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 59.5
Wheelbase (in)
101 103.5
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
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
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 2455
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
184 214
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 134
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 111
Battery Range (mi)
80 125
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 126
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 119
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 - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut

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