2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2017 BMW i3

If you are thinking about parking an all-electric vehicle in your driveway or garage, then you may be surprised to learn that you actually have quite a few options, but some are still better than others. Let us show you what we mean with our 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf vs 2017 BMW i3 comparison. Here you can see how these two electric vehicles compare.

The side-by side image shows a stark contrast in overall design. The e-Golf has the sleek and sporty appearance of the Volkswagen Golf. In short, it doesn’t look like a weird electric car. The BMW i3 on the other hand, looks very weird. It’s bulgy, bulbous, and strange. It’s like BMW was trying too hard to make something different. We would understand if looks alone was enough to persuade you towards the e-Golf and you can click the link below to see the Stevens Creek Volkswagen e-Golf inventory right now or you can keep reading and see all the other ways that the e-Golf is better than the i3.

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2017 Volkswagen e-Golf VS 2017 BMW i3
125 Miles All-electric range 114 Miles
35.8 kWh Battery 33 kWh
Yes DC Fast Charging Yes
$28,995 (2016) Base MSRP $42,400

How does the 2017 e-Golf compare to other electric cars?

The numbers above come with a lot of caveats. For example, though the BMW i3 boasts of 114 miles of all-electric range and a 33 kWh battery, that’s only for the top level trim which costs more than the base MSRP listed above. The base model only has a 22 kWh hour battery with a limited range of 81 miles from a full charge.

The 2017 e-Golf is not out quite yet, and pricing has yet to be announced, but we are fairly certain that it will be sitting right near the 2016 model’s MSRP of $28,995. Both MSRP values for both vehicles are before tax incentives, so you need to bear that in mind while you are considering an all-electric vehicle. The big takeaway here though is that the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf will be several thousand dollars cheaper than the 2017 BMW i3, and it will have a bigger battery along with better range.

In the end, these cars are extremely different both in design and execution. In fact, nearly the only thing they have in common is their all-electric nature and DC fast charging capability. If you are worried about charging station availability, then you shouldn’t be because both vehicles have access to the same ChargePoint charging system that has thousands of chargers nationwide.

If you think a 2017 e-Golf may be the right vehicle for you, then come to Stevens Creek Volkswagen. We have a huge e-Golf selection, and we would be happy to help you find the right trim with the right features and options for your needs.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf at a charging station outside
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf interior overview
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf dash and gauge cluster
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf infotainment screen

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