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
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
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RWD 60
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 60 N/A N/A N/A $68,000
RWD 75 N/A N/A N/A $69,500
AWD 60D N/A N/A N/A $73,000
AWD 75D N/A N/A N/A $74,500
AWD 90D N/A N/A N/A $87,500
AWD 100D N/A N/A N/A $94,000
AWD P100D 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
$68,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$741 / month
$554 / month
$1133 / 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
- 43 mpg -
Highway
- 42 mpg -
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Large Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4 -
Interior Dimensions
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 Leg Room (in)
31.9 34.70 35.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.10 42.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.70 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 51.30 54.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 90.0 94
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
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
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
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
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.4 36.40 37
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.7 -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.0 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD - -
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA 5GP NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2961 3543 4469
Wheels
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
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
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric I4 Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 294 317
Engine Order Code
NA L3A NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 149 382
Displacement
- 1.5L/- TBD - -
Fuel System
- Direct Injection -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
106 - 101
Battery Range (mi)
114 53 210
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
129 - 98
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
118 106 99
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 43 (2016) -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 42 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 42 (2016) -
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 2.64 9.73
Trans Type
1 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA MKV 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 -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA 8.28
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Hatchback Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Chevrolet Volt Tesla Model S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Compound Crank Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link w/Coil Springs Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD - -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD - -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 8.9 -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA -
Wt Distributing 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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