Compare 2018 BMW i3 vs 2018 Tesla Model 3

2018 BMW i3
2018 Tesla Model 3
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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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Long Range Battery AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model 3 Long Range Battery AWD N/A N/A N/A $53,000
Model 3 Long Range Battery RWD N/A N/A N/A $49,000
Model 3 Mid Range Battery RWD N/A N/A N/A $46,000
Model 3 Performance AWD N/A N/A N/A $64,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,840
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,450
$53,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$741 / month
$883 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The BMW i3 is a wonder of technology, but it's already been surpasses by EVs with longer range. The 2018 Tesla Model 3 promises Tesla chic at mass-market prices, at least when less expensive versions arrive, but build quality should be any buyer’s biggest worry.
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Fuel Economy
City
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Highway
Coming Soon Coming Soon
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 54
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 40.3
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 56.3
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 35.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- 52.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 97
Front Hip Room (in)
- 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 62.2
Wheelbase (in)
101.2 113.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 62.2
Length, Overall (in)
158.3 184.8
Height, Overall (in)
62.9 56.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 15
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 14
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 13.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.4 38.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P235/45WR18
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P175/60R19 P235/45WR18
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2961 4072
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5.5 18 X 8.5
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 18 X 8.5
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Electric
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 -
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
106 112
Estimated Battery Range (mi)
114 310
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
129 120
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
118 116
Transmission
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 9.00
Trans Type
1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Tesla Model 3
Body Style
Hatchback Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
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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