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BMW i3 vs. Volkswagen Golf GTI

When we compare the BMW i3 to the Volkswagen Golf GTI, The Volkswagen Golf GTI 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 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is a better car than the BMW i3.

BMW i3 versus Volkswagen Golf GTI Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used BMW i3 ranges from $32,998 to $36,392 while a used Volkswagen Golf GTI from the same model year range is priced between $26,588 to $34,995. For a new model, the BMW i3's price is between $45,721 and $54,210, with the Volkswagen Golf GTI priced between $29,879 and $41,276.

BMW i3 versus Volkswagen Golf GTI Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the BMW i3 is 6.5 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Golf GTI's quality rating is 8.4 out of 10. This results in the BMW i3 being ranked 3 out of 11 Best Luxury Electric Cars and the Volkswagen Golf GTI being ranked 9 out of 51 Best Small Cars.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the BMW i3’s base engine makes 168 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI base engine makes 241 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 Golf GTI is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 422 miles. The i3 uses electricity, and the Golf GTI uses regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

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2021 BMW i3 Electric

2023 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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:

$29,879 - $41,276

Used Asking Price:

$26,588 - $34,995

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

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:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

7.3 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 51
9 / 51
18 / 51
24 / 51

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

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

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Body Styles

Hatchback

Available Drivetrain Options

Electric, Plug-In Hybrid

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base, s

Trim Levels

Autobahn, S, SE

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:

3 years / 36000 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:

241 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque:

273 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

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

0.077 hp per pound

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)

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

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

23 / 32 / 27

MPGe:

Not applicable

Range (city/hwy):

304 / 422 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Battery Size/Capacity:

Not applicable

Maximum Charging Rate:

Not applicable

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:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Standard

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:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

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:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

53.9 inches

Cargo Space:

19.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

111.8 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:

3133 lbs

Width:

70.4 inches

Height:

57.6 inches

Length:

168.8 inches

Wheelbase:

103.6 inches

Ground Clearance:

4.7 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:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P225/40R18