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Car #1
Make
Model
Variant
Engine
Car #2
Make
Model
Variant
Engine

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2017. -
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
rear
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2019. -
B - City car
hatchback, 5 door
front

Dimensons & Outlines

4011 mm
1775 mm
1598 mm
260 liters
1100 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
4087 mm
1787 mm
1562 mm
338 liters
1225 liters
2017 BMW i3
2019 Renault Zoe

Engine

Electric
PMSM Electric unit in formation 0 / 1
PMSM
-
1 motor
184 hp
270 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
El. motor type
Front axle
Rear axle
Power
Torque
Electric
PMSM Electric unit in formation 1 / 0
PMSM
1 motor
-
135 hp
245 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
kWh
km
h
0 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Battery capacity
Range
Charge time (80%)
CO2 emissions
 
kg
s
km/h
kWh
km
h
0 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

automatic - 1 gears
1365 kg
6.9 s
160 km/h
42.0 kWh
285 km
9.5 h
0 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Battery capacity
Range
Charge time (80%)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 1 gears
1502 kg
9.5 s
140 km/h
52.0 kWh
386 km
3.0 h
0 g/km

Expenses

24000 EUR
Price from
29500 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by electric engines and utilizing the 5-door hatchback body style within the same 'City car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (rear for the BMW and front in the case of the Renault). The first one has a BMW-engineered powertrain under the hood, a PMSM Electric unit in formation 0 / 1 with 184hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a PMSM Electric unit in formation 1 / 0 with 135hp engine designed by Renault.

Safety

The first thing to look into here would be the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests performed on the two cars. Good thing is that both vehicles got tested, with the BMW showing an incomparably higher level of safety offered. Moving further on, let's take a closer look at some additional safety-related facts. Both vehicles belong to the city car segment, which is generally not a very good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the French car offers a considerable difference of 10% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Renault as a brand displays somewhat better results, all the models observed together. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of BMW with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Renault badge with 4.1 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. We should definitely mention that owners of cars with the same powertrain as the German car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 3.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

BMW is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 2.6 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 160 kilometers per hour, 20km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy things look pretty much the same for both cars, especially if you take into account all the free charging points provided by the manufacturer and/or the local government's environmental programs. One of the essential things to consider when it comes to this type of vehicles would be range, giving a significant advantage to the French car with its additional 101 kilometers on a single charge.


Verdict

BMW appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the German car beats the other contender by far, making it the best choice without even considering other things. It all continues in the same direction, with BMW being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. The French car provides significantly better range, something that shouldn't be overlooked. No mistake, whatever you decide here, but I'd still go for the BMW. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser, among more than 12.000 different ones in our database.

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