Compare 2016 BMW i8 vs 2016 Tesla Model S

2016 BMW i8
2016 Tesla Model S
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i8 2-Door Coupe N/A N/A $129,945 $140,700
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2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 60D
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 60D N/A N/A N/A $73,000
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 70D N/A N/A N/A $76,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 75D N/A N/A N/A $79,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD 90D N/A N/A N/A $89,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD P100D N/A N/A N/A $134,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan AWD P90D N/A N/A N/A $109,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 60 N/A N/A N/A $68,000
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 70 N/A N/A N/A $71,500
Model S 2016.5 4-Door Sedan RWD 75 N/A N/A N/A $74,500
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 70D N/A N/A N/A $75,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 85D N/A N/A N/A $85,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD 90D N/A N/A N/A $88,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD P85D N/A N/A N/A $105,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan AWD P90D N/A N/A N/A $108,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 70 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $70,000
Model S 4-Door Sedan RWD 85 kWh Battery N/A N/A N/A $80,000

2016 BMW i8 vs. 2016 Tesla Model S: Compare Cars

The Tesla Model S and BMW i8 both plug in to recharge their battery packs, and they can both carry six-figure price tags. They're also from two of the most forward-looking and technology-focused brands in the world.

Beyond those factors, the all-electric luxury sedan and the plug-in hybrid sport coupe are hugely different. One can carry up to seven people (if two of them are age 10 or younger), the other holds just a pair of passengers and not a whole lot of luggage. So which is right for you?

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$129,945
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Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$140,700
$73,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$2345 / month
$1217 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 BMW i8 blends a stunning coupe design with a slew of advanced technology underneath; the plug-in hybrid powertrain, and its corresponding efficiency, may be all but irrelevant. There's still no direct competition for the 2016 Tesla Model S, which offers elegant design, 240 miles or more of all-electric range, and jaw-dropping acceleration in the higher-end models. It's one of a kind.
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Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
81 94
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 42.7
Second Head Room (in)
32.4 35.3
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.6 55
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
28.2 35.4
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.8 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 116.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.5 77.3
Track Width, Front (in)
64.7 65.4
Length, Overall (in)
184.9 196
Height, Overall (in)
50.8 56.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
4.7 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 58.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 26.3
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13 14.4
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.4 14
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.1 -
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 -
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40YR20 P245/45WR19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45YR20 P245/45WR19
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3455 4647
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 X 8.5 19 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 X 7.5 19 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Displacement
1.5 L/91 -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
357 @ 5800 518
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3 Electric
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
420 -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
76 -
Estimated Battery Range (mi)
15 218
Transmission
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 -
Trans Type
6 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.19 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.51 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 8.28
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 9.73
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i8 Tesla Model S
Body Style
Coupe Hatchback 2016.5
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone

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