2020 BMW i3 vs. Its Competition

2020 BMW i3
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Electric cars are like consumer electronics in the way their technology improves dramatically with each generation.

The i3 is among the oldest electric car designs, and it shows up against rivals that considerably outpace its range for far less money.

The Chevy Bolt EV is a perennial favorite for its excellent range, comfortable ride, and palatable price tag.

The Nissan Leaf doesn’t have quite the range of the Bolt EV, though its safety tech is a big step up.

Kia’s Niro and Hyundai’s related Kona both make excellent choices and boast impressive real-world range.

They’re bargains and should not be missed.

If you’re looking at electric cars, certainly the Tesla Model 3 is on your list—and we can’t blame you as it’s a great vehicle with a minimalist interior that may or may not hold appeal.

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Quick Specs
5.8
Once cutting edge, the 2020 BMW i3 has fallen well behind other electric cars. Only purists need apply.
6.8
A few more miles of range and modest upgrades push the 2020 Chevy Bolt EV electric hatchback back at the top for (non-Tesla) range, but there are other more charming urban electric cars.
6.8
At less than $30,000 after tax credits, the 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric is a great-value, high-range EV…even if it isn’t available everywhere.
6.0
The 2020 Kia Niro is a compelling eco-friendly car for those opposed to Prius-like looks.
7.5
It’s not perfect, but the 2020 Tesla Model 3 has a devoted following and growing list of fans.
MSRP From    
$44,450$36,620$37,190$24,590$35,000
Gas Mileage    
46 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy
Engine    
ElectricElectricElectricGas/Electric I-4Electric
EPA Class    
Subcompact CarsSmall station wagonSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Station WagonMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
120 Ah5-Door Wagon LTSEL FWDLX FWDStandard Range RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
45555
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
HatchbackWagonSport UtilitySport UtilitySedan
Transmission    
AutomaticNAAutomaticAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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