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
0 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.6
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
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 93.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
62 57.2
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
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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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
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 Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 16 X 6.5
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
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 134
Engine Type
Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 214
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 119
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 111
Battery Range (mi)
80 125
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 126
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
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
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 - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link

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