Compare 2018 Tesla Model 3 vs 2018 BMW 3-Series

2018 Tesla Model 3
2018 BMW 3-Series
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Mid Range Battery RWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mid Range Battery RWD N/A N/A N/A $46,000
Long Range Battery RWD N/A N/A N/A $49,000
Long Range Battery AWD N/A N/A N/A $53,000
AWD Performance N/A N/A N/A $64,000
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Sedan 320i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sedan 320i 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
Sedan South Africa 320i 24 35 $32,955 $34,900
Sedan 320i xDrive 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
Sedan South Africa 320i xDrive 23 34 $34,815 $36,900
Sedan 330i 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
Sedan South Africa 330i 24 34 $37,935 $40,250
Sedan 328d 31 43 $39,330 $41,750
Sedan 330i xDrive 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
Sedan South Africa 330i xDrive 23 33 $39,795 $42,250
Sedan 328d xDrive 30 40 $41,190 $43,750
Sports Wagon 330i xDrive 23 33 $42,025 $44,650
Gran Turismo 330i xDrive 23 33 $42,395 $45,050
Plug-In Hybrid 330e iPerformance N/A N/A $42,910 $45,600
Sports Wagon 328d xDrive 30 40 $43,420 $46,150
Sedan 340i 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
Sedan South Africa 340i 21 32 $46,025 $48,950
Gran Turismo 340i xDrive 20 29 $47,835 $50,900
Sedan 340i xDrive 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
Sedan South Africa 340i xDrive 21 31 $47,885 $50,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
N/A
$32,955
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$46,000
$34,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$767 / month
$582 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2018 BMW 3-Series makes its strongest case in performance for luxury compact buyers’ attentions.
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Fuel Economy
City
- 24 mpg
Highway
- 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.2 35.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.3 40.3
Second Hip Room (in)
52.4 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97 -
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 37.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.7 42
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 -
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 60.3
Length, Overall (in)
184.8 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.8 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 61.9
Wheelbase (in)
113.2 110.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15 13
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)
13.2 11.8
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)
14 12.3
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 37.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45WR18 P225/50VR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45WR18 P225/50VR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3838 3295
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8.5 17 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8.5 17 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Engine
Engine Type
Electric Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
- 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
- 180 @ 5000
Fuel System
- Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
- 200 @ 1250
Mileage
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
128 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
123 -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
117 -
Battery Range (mi)
260 -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.00 3.15
Trans Type
1 8
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code
NA 205
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.11
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.84
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.28
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- 3.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.67
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 4.71
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Tesla Model 3 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Strut
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 15.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 900
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 170
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 6.3
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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