Compare 2019 BMW i8 vs 2018 Tesla Model S

2019 BMW i8
#9 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
6.8
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
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 57.7
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
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.7
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
184.6 196
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
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.4 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)
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.1 -
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.4 40.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/45YR20 P245/45WR19
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3455 4647
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
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
Engine
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection -
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
Mileage
Battery Range (mi)
18 259
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
27 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
69 103
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
- 102
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
- 105
Transmission
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
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 -
Summary
Body Style
Coupe Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i8 Tesla Model S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
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