2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2017 BMW i3

When fuel prices skyrocket, shoppers often start dreaming of the future. Electric cars just make sense. There’s no danger of prices jumping up every summer, and the cost compared to fueling up is impressive. We’re talking numbers in the triple digits, whether you’re cruising through the city or taking your trip to the highway. It’s clear that there are plenty of benefits to upgrading to an electric vehicle, but the question is: which one? When comparing the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2017 BMW i3, you’re comparing a luxury vehicle to a smart everyday driver, so is it worth the extra expense to pay for badging?

The first thing you’ll note is that the BMW i3 will cost you a whole lot more than the VW e-Golf. You’d almost be halfway to paying for a second e-Golf, so it stands to reason the i3 is a whole lot better, right? Well, it depends on what you are looking for. Practical? Well, the range is slightly less for the BMW since the 2017 e-Golf received a boost for this model year.

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2017 BMW i3
$28,995* Starting MSRP $43,600
22.8 cu. ft. Cargo Space 15.1 cu. ft.
124 miles Range 114 miles
134hp, 214 lb-ft Power 170hp, 184 lb-ft

Is the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf a better deal?

Price-wise, it’s hard to argue for the 2017 BMW i3, if the reason to buy an EV in the first place is to save on fuel costs. Its range is lower than the e-Golf to start, which also makes the i3 impractical for anyone with a longer commute. It does have the benefit of offering a range extender, but this means a 2-cylinder engine that is gas-powered – and therefore not fully electric.

Moving past cost and range, there is the fact that the i3 has more horsepower, but before you assume it’s going to outpace the e-Golf, consider the fact that electric vehicles offer up instant torque, and the e-Golf won’t seem underpowered at all.

What about more practical features? Well, the e-Golf is essentially an electric-only Golf, but is otherwise primarily the same, that means you don’t end up with any odd styling except for a blue line running through the grille. The BMW i3, on the other hand, is obviously an electric vehicle just by looking at its bubbly shape and distinct lack of grille. This leaves a bit of an appliance-like appearance to the model.

You’ll also take note that the BMW i3 offers much less cargo space and only seats four, making it a less roomy option.

All that said, if you’re looking for a practical EV in today’s market, the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is a smart option. The BMW i3 will offer unique luxury appeal, but cannot stand up to a comparison based on electric-only features.

Do you think the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf is worth a shot? Stop by New Century Volkswagen to take the model for a test drive.

*Pricing based on 2016 model year figures

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