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Audi A3 vs. BMW i3

In comparing the Audi A3 to the BMW i3, the Audi A3 has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, overall quality score and base engine power. The BMW i3 has the advantage in the area of interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Audi A3 versus the BMW i3, the Audi A3 is a better car than the BMW i3.

Audi A3 versus BMW i3 Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Audi A3 ranges from $24,801 to $33,988 while a used BMW i3 from the same model year range is priced between $27,575 to $37,991.

Audi A3 versus BMW i3 Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Audi A3 is 8.4 out of 10 while the BMW i3's quality rating is 6.5 out of 10. This results in the Audi A3 being ranked 9 out of 39 Best Luxury Small Cars and the BMW i3 being ranked 3 out of 11 Best Luxury Electric Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Audi A3’s base engine makes 201 horsepower, and the BMW i3 base engine makes 168 horsepower. The A3 is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 502 miles. The i3 is rated to deliver an average of 124 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 153 miles. The A3 uses regular unleaded, and the i3 uses electricity.

Passenger Space Comparison

The BMW i3, a electric compact car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, rear head room, and trunk space. The Audi A3, a compact car, has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

The Audi A3 has an average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.

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2021 BMW i3 Electric

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,664 - $45,781

Used Asking Price:

$24,801 - $33,988

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

-

Used Asking Price:

$27,575 - $37,991

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

70.9%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.1 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

6.5 / 10

Reliability:

7.2 / 10

Retained Value:

5.8 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 39
15 / 39

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 11
3 / 11
4 / 15
5 / 25
5 / 15
6 / 25

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

The BMW i3 is a compact electric car and was the first European EV to market in the US. BMW broke the mold when it created this fresh approach to motoring.

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Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Ultra-green construction with low carbon footprint
  • Unique styling
  • Vegan interior options

  • Polarizing styling
  • Limited space for its price point
  • Poor reliability score
  • Adaptive cruise control is not standard
  • Rear-wheel drive only

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric, Plug-In Hybrid

Trim Levels

Premium 40 TFSI, Premium Plus 40 TFSI, quattro Premium Plus 40 TFSI, quattro Premium 40 TFSI

Trim Levels

Base, s

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

201 hp @ 4400 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.061 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

168 hp

Torque:

184 foot-lbs

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.057 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 38 / 32

MPGe:

Not applicable

Range (city/hwy):

370 / 502 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Battery Size/Capacity :

Not applicable

Maximum Charging Rate:

Not applicable

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

Not Applicable

Engine Configuration:

Not Applicable

Number of Cylinders:

Not Applicable

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not applicable

MPGe:

124 / 102 / 113

Range (city/hwy):

153 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity:

42 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

7 hours (240V)

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

N/A

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

Available

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

N/A

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

N/A

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

36.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53 inches

Cargo Space:

10.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

87.0 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.5 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

53.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

31.9 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

49.2 inches

Cargo Space:

15.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

98.7 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3318 lbs

Width:

78.1 inches

Height:

56.2 inches

Length:

176.9 inches

Wheelbase:

103.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2972 lbs

Width:

80.3 inches

Height:

62.9 inches

Length:

158.3 inches

Wheelbase:

101.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

225/45R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 x 5.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

155/70R19