BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model S

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Key Specs

Expert Rating

Expert Rating

Owner Reviews

Owner Reviews
Not Available

Horsepower

Horsepower
181 hp
518 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Engine Type

Engine Type
Electric Motor
3

Interior Features

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.5 in.
42.7 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 in.
38.8 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
31.9 in.
35.4 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.2 in.
35.3 in.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
Optional

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input

Climate Control

Climate Control

Navigation System

Navigation System

Passengers

Passengers
4
5

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat

Exterior Features

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler

Tire Width

Tire Width
P175/55TR20
P245/35YR21 - P245/45WR19

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
101.2 in.
116.5 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
33.8 ft.
40.7 ft.

Length

Length
158.1 in.
196 in.

Width

Width
70.5 in.
77.3 in.

Mechanical Specs

Weight

Weight
3040 - 3309 lbs.
4883 lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
Electric Motor
Electric Motor

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
2.3 gal.

Combined

Combined
113 mpg
Unknown mpg

City

City
124 mpg
Unknown mpg

Highway

Highway
102 mpg
Unknown mpg

Safety Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Auto Leveling Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlights

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag

Tech Specs

Vehicle Name

Vehicle Name
BMW i3
Tesla Model S

Body Style

Body Style
Hatchback
Hatchback

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

EPA Classification

EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars
Large Cars

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Capacity
4
5

Passenger Volume

Passenger Volume
84 ft³.
94 ft³.

Base Curb Weight

Base Curb Weight
3040 - 3309 lbs.
4883 lbs.

Engine Type

Engine Type
Electric - Electric/Gas
Electric

Trans Type

Trans Type
1
1

Trans Description Cont.

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic
Automatic

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70
9.73

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Front
Strut
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut
Double Wishbone

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link
Multi-Link

Front Tire Size

Front Tire Size
P175/55TR20
P245/35YR21 - P245/45WR19

Rear Tire Size

Rear Tire Size
P195/50TR20
P245/35YR21 - P245/45WR19

Front Wheel Size

Front Wheel Size
20 X 5.5 in.
19 X 8 - 21 X 8.5 in.

Rear Wheel Size

Rear Wheel Size
20 X 6 in.
19 X 8 - 21 X 8.5 in.

Front Wheel Material

Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum
Aluminum

Steering Type

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
33.8 ft.
40.7 ft.

Brake Type

Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc
4-Wheel Disc

Brake ABS System

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel
4-Wheel

Disc - Front

Disc - Front
Yes
Yes

Disc - Rear

Disc - Rear
Yes
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11 in.
14 in.

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11 in.
14.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.6 in.
38.8 in.

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
40.5 in.
42.7 in.

Front Shoulder Room

Front Shoulder Room
53.6 in.
57.7 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.2 in.
35.3 in.

Second Leg Room

Second Leg Room
31.9 in.
35.4 in.

Second Shoulder Room

Second Shoulder Room
49.2 in.
55 in.

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
101.2 in.
116.5 in.

Length, Overall

Length, Overall
158.1 in.
196 in.

Width, Max w/o mirrors

Width, Max w/o mirrors
70.5 in.
77.3 in.

Height, Overall

Height, Overall
62.6 in.
56.5 in.

Track Width, Front

Track Width, Front
62.7 in.
65.4 in.

Track Width, Rear

Track Width, Rear
62.1 in.
66.9 in.

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
15.1 ft³.
26.3 ft³.

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down
36.9 ft³.
58.1 ft³.

Battery Range

Battery Range
126 - 153 mi.
285 mi.

Model Group

Model Group
i3
Model S

Vehicle Segment

Vehicle Segment
Luxury High
Luxury High

Vehicle Type

Vehicle Type
Hatchback
Hatchback