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BMW i3 vs. Chevrolet Bolt EV

When we compare the BMW i3 to the Chevrolet Bolt EV, The Chevrolet Bolt EV has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the BMW i3 versus the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is a better car than the BMW i3.

BMW i3 versus Chevrolet Bolt EV Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used BMW i3 ranges from $32,998 to $36,392 while a used Chevrolet Bolt EV from the same model year range is priced between $23,996 to $30,999. For a new model, the BMW i3's price is between $45,721 and $54,210, with the Chevrolet Bolt EV priced between $28,591 and $43,641.

BMW i3 versus Chevrolet Bolt EV Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW i3 is 6.5 out of 10 while the Chevrolet Bolt EV's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the BMW i3 being ranked 5 out of 15 Best Small Electric Cars and the Chevrolet Bolt EV being ranked 3 out of 15. Out of 25 Best Electric Cars, the BMW i3 is ranked 25 and the Chevrolet Bolt EV is ranked 4.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the BMW i3’s base engine makes 168 horsepower, and the Chevrolet Bolt EV base engine makes 200 horsepower. 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 Bolt EV is rated to deliver an average of 127 miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe), with a highway range of 259 miles. Both models use electricity. The charge time for both the i3 and the Bolt EV is 7 hours (240V).

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are electric compact cars, the Chevrolet Bolt EV has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space.

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2021 BMW i3 Electric

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$45,721 - $54,210

Used Asking Price:

$32,998 - $36,392

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

70.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,591 - $43,641

Used Asking Price:

$23,996 - $30,999

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

60.9%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

6.5 / 10

Reliability:

7.2 / 10

Retained Value:

5.8 / 10

Safety:

Not available

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.1 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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

iSeeCars Rankings

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

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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Summary Review

The Chevrolet Bolt is a compact four-door hatchback EV. Now heading into its fifth year of sales, the Bolt has just received a styling refresh, and an EUV version with added rear-seat legroom is joining the model line.

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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

Pros and Cons

  • IIHS Top Safety Pick
  • Widely available both new and used
  • Modern interior design

  • Seat comfort is a recurring owner complaint
  • Only available in front-wheel drive
  • Common driver-assist technology not standard (through 2020 model year)

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric, Plug-In Hybrid

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric

Trim Levels

Base, s

Trim Levels

2LT, 1LT

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:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

168 hp

Torque:

184 foot-lbs

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

0.057 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

200 hp

Torque:

266 foot-lbs

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

0.056 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD

MPGe:

124 / 102 / 113

Range (city/hwy):

153 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity :

42 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

7 hours (240V)

Engine Specifications

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

MPGe:

127 / 109 / 120

Range (city/hwy):

259 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Electricity

Battery Size/Capacity:

66 kWh

Maximum Charging Rate:

7 hours (240V)

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

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

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

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Available

Pedestrian Detection:

N/A

Lane Departure Warning:

N/A

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

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

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

54.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.8 inches

Cargo Space:

16.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.3 cubic feet

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

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3589 lbs

Width:

80.3 inches

Height:

63.4 inches

Length:

163.2 inches

Wheelbase:

102.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 x 5.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

155/70R19

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

P215/50R17