2019 BMW i3 vs. Its Competition

2019 BMW i3
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The BMW i3 competes among a growing number of electric cars that are increasingly more affordable.

The Tesla Model 3 may not be among that crowd, but the Model 3 isn’t much more expensive than the i3—and offers almost double the range.

The Chevy Bolt EV’s 234-mile range comes with a lower price tag, although its plain jane approach may not be as attractive to buyers.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is a new electric crossover with more than 250 miles of range and a lower price tag.

The related Kia Niro EV is a bigger hatchback than the i3 and will go on sale later in 2019.

The Fiat 500e is far more affordable—if you can find it.

The slow-selling small car is available in some states at deeply discounted prices.

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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2019 BMW i3 is an all-electric hatchback that declares proudly that convention needn’t apply to eco-friendly drivers.
6.8
The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV electric hatchback started a trend that others are only now catching up to.
6.6
The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is an exceptional electric hatchback that should get more attention than it does.
6.0
The 2019 Kia Niro is an efficiency-first hatchback with a secret: it’s also a good family car.
7.3
The 2019 Tesla Model 3 is a glimpse of the future in many ways; but it’s far from perfect.
5.4
The 2019 Fiat 500e is a throwback in more ways than one: It has a nostalgic style and feel, but also outdated range.
MSRP From     
$44,450$36,620$36,950$23,490$35,000$33,210
Gas Mileage     
46 MPG City / 49 MPG Hwy
Engine     
ElectricElectricElectricGas/Electric I-4ElectricElectric
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsSmall station wagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDLarge CarsMinicompact Cars
Style Name     
120 Ah5-Door Wagon LTSEL FWDLX FWDStandard Range Battery RWD *Ltd Avail*Hatch
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
455554
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
HatchbackWagonSport UtilitySport UtilitySedanHatchback
Transmission     
AutomaticNAAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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