Compare 2019 BMW i8 vs 2018 Tesla Model S

2019 BMW i8
#7 in Coupes
2018 Tesla Model S
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AWD 75D
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
AWD 75D N/A N/A N/A $78,000
AWD 100D N/A N/A N/A $96,000
AWD P100D N/A N/A N/A $135,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$137,675
N/A
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$147,500
$78,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$2458 / month
$1300 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2019 BMW i8 is a head-turner for its looks, which hides its plug-in powertrain. That’s good or bad, depending on your priorities. The 2018 Tesla Model S still delivers unequaled battery-electric performance, though its style and safety are beginning to show their age.
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Fuel Economy
City
- -
Highway
- -
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
28.2 35.4
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 Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
50.9 56.5
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)
184.6 196
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 4.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
5.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- 58.1
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- 26.3
Brakes
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)
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.1 -
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 40.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3455 4647
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum
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
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
420 387
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.5 L/91 -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
369 @ 5800 518
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3 Electric
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
Battery Range (mi)
18 259
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- 102
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
- 103
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- 105
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.46 8.28
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 9.73
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 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW i8 Tesla Model S
Body Style
Coupe Hatchback
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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