Compare 2018 BMW i3 vs 2017 Chevrolet Volt vs 2017 Tesla Model S

2018 BMW i3
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94 Ah
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
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
i3 s 94 Ah N/A N/A $44,815 $47,650
i3 s 94 Ah w/Range Extender N/A N/A $48,395 $51,500
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5-Door HB LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB LT 43 42 $31,891 $33,220
Volt 5-Door HB Premier 43 42 $36,067 $37,570
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100D AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model S 100D AWD N/A N/A N/A $94,000
Model S 60 RWD N/A N/A N/A $68,000
Model S 60D AWD N/A N/A N/A $73,000
Model S 75 RWD N/A N/A N/A $69,500
Model S 75D AWD N/A N/A N/A $74,500
Model S 90D AWD N/A N/A N/A $87,500
Model S P100D AWD N/A N/A N/A $135,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,840
$31,891
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,450
$33,220
$94,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$741 / month
$554 / month
$1567 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.7
8.3
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. The 2017 Tesla Model S is unlike any other car on the road for several reasons—good and bad.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 43 mpg 0 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 42 mpg 0 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Large Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.70 35.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.10 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 35.80 35.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 53.20 55
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 37.80 38.8
Passenger Capacity
4 5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 56.50 57.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.30 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.0 94
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.70 55
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
62.9 56.4 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61.80 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
101.2 106.10 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 71.20 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 60.60 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
158.3 180.40 196
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD - -
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 - 58.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 - 26.3
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 10.6 -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.87 x - TBD - 14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 10.00 x - TBD - 14.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Regenerative 4-Wheel Disc
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.4 36.40 40.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD - -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.7 -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.0 -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GP NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P215/50R17 P245/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA 5GP NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/60R19 P215/50R17 P245/45WR19
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2961 3543 4736
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 17 x 7.0 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5.5 17 x 7.0 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 149 -
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4 Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 294 -
Engine Order Code
NA L3A NA
Fuel System
- Direct Injection -
Displacement
- 1.5L/- TBD - -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
118 106 102
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
106 - 102
Battery Range (mi)
114 53 335
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
129 - 101
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 42 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 42 (2016) -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 43 (2016) -
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA MKV NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 2.64 9.73
Trans Type
1 1 1
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA 8.28
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 Tesla Model S
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank Multi-Link
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
-
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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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