Compare 2018 BMW i3 vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt

2018 BMW i3
2017 Chevrolet Volt
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94 Ah
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
94 Ah N/A N/A $41,840 $44,450
94 Ah s N/A N/A $44,815 $47,650
94 Ah w/Range Extender N/A N/A $45,420 $48,300
94 Ah w/Range Extender s N/A N/A $48,395 $51,500
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5-Door HB LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB LT 43 42 $31,891 $33,220
5-Door HB Premier 43 42 $36,067 $37,570
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,840
$31,891
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,450
$33,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$741 / month
$554 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The BMW i3 is a wonder of technology, but it's already been surpasses by EVs with longer range. 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
- 43 mpg
Highway
- 42 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
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 Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.70
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.30
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.0
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.70
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 71.20
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.60
Length, Overall (in)
158.3 180.40
Height, Overall (in)
62.9 56.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61.80
Wheelbase (in)
101.2 106.10
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD -
Liftover Height (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
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
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
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.4 36.40
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.7
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.0
Tires
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/50R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 5GP
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/60R19 P215/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GP
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2961 3543
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 294
Engine Order Code
NA L3A
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 149
Fuel System
- Direct Injection
Displacement
- 1.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
106 -
Battery Range (mi)
114 53
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
129 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
118 106
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 42
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 42 (2016)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 43 (2016)
Transmission
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
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA 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
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Chevrolet Volt
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
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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