Electric cars remain a rag-tag bunch with few models looking and feeling like direct rivals.
To that end, let's look at the i3 as both an electric car and as a range-extended model with the optional REx.
As an electric, it squares off against the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which more than doubles than i3's driving range and costs a lot less.
The Chevy is way more practical, but it's not as swanky inside and, frankly, it looks kind of like any other hatchback.
The Tesla Model S has been Hollywood's eco-friendly darling for years and it continues to get better, but you can buy two i3s for the price of the Tesla.
At the opposite end of the spectrum sits the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen e-Golf.
Both models are cheap and fairly cheerful with about the same usable range as the i3.
If you're fine with hard plastics inside and a mediocre stereo, they'll save you a lot of coin over the BMW.
The i3's best range-extending rival is probably the Chevy Volt, which is quite different in that it's basically a normal compact car with a reasonably large fuel tank that can drive on electricity alone for the average driver's commute (for at least a day or two).
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