2018 Ford Focus Electric vs. Its Competition

2018 Ford Focus Electric

Among battery-electric five-door hatchbacks, all now have ranges of 107 to 125 miles.

Except, that is, for the 238-mile Chevy Bolt EV, by far the standout in the crowd.

It’s several thousand dollars pricier than competitors, but it’ll be sold nationwide and we think it’s a superb electric car.

Of the rest, the BMW i3 is even pricier, and its looks are an acquired taste, but it not only has the BMW rondel but also an optional range-extending 2-cylinder engine.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is the most energy-efficient vehicle on sale in the U.S.

this year, and has an appealing interior.

The Nissan Leaf is overdue for the 2018 model that will replace the outgoing model, which is now outmoded.

It’s still the most populous electric car in the world, though.

Finally, the Volkswagen e-Golf has the highest range (125 miles) of any competitor except the Bolt EV, and like the Focus Electric, it’s a stealth EV: no one will know you’re driving on electrons unless you point it out.

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6.6
The 2018 Ford Focus Electric is a competent battery-powered compact hatchback, but it’s low-volume, not available everywhere, and its cargo bay should have been redesigned years ago.
6.6
The BMW i3 is a wonder of technology, but it's already been surpasses by EVs with longer range.
7.2
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV remains the only affordable, available electric car that offers more than 200 miles of range.
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is improved in every way over its aged predecessor: it’s better-looking, nicer inside, and has more power and battery range, at a relatively affordable price.
6.4
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a Golf that happens to run only on electricity, but its range is now sub-par.
MSRP From    
N/A$44,450$36,620$29,990$30,495
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Engine    
N/AElectricElectricElectricElectric
EPA Class    
N/ASubcompact Cars- TBD -Mid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
N/A94 Ah5-Door HB LTS Hatchback4-Door SE
Drivetrain    
N/ARear Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/A4555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
N/AHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
Transmission    
N/AAutomaticNAAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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