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The 2019 BMW i3 and 2019 Tesla Model 3 Introduce Affordable Electric Performance

If you've been looking for an affordable electric vehicle for daily driving and weekend trips, you may have thought you had to opt for something like a LEAF or a Bolt. But, both the 2019 BMW i3 and the 2019 Tesla Model 3 start under $46,500, and both deliver a lot of great new features and technology alongside impressive electric performance.

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2019 BMW i3 vs 2019 Tesla Model 3

  • The 2019 BMW i3 offers one configuration: a stylish, versatile, and futuristic-looking hatchback
  • The 2019 Tesla Model 3 also offers only one configuration: a four-door sedan that looks a lot like every other sedan out there
  • The 2019 BMW i3 starts at $44,450 and offers a variety of stylish interior options
  • 2019 Tesla Model 3 Midrange Battery models start at around $46,000--the company claims that a $35K model is on the way, but it's yet to show up
  • The 2019 BMW i3 has an all-electric range of up to 153 miles--though there is an available range extender option (the addition of a gas engine) that can push those numbers even higher

  • The current base Model 3 boasts an all-electric range of 260 miles, which is inarguably better for this category
  • Power for the 2019 BMW i3 comes from a 42.2-kWh battery and an electric motor--REX (range extender) models add a small gas engine to the powertrain
  • Power for the 2019 Tesla Model 3 comes from a dual-motor system--horsepower/torque specs are not available
  • The interior of the Tesla Model 3 is surprisingly bland for the price, while the BMW i3's cabin is loaded with premium luxury options and eco-friendly materials
  • BMW is a long-standing, recognized brand that prioritizes quality and craftsmanship; the Tesla brand has suffered lately from a bad reputation in driver-assistance, safety, and quality