BMW i3 Vs. Tesla Model 3 Vs. Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4 Comparison

If you have your eye on a new electric SUV, you're probably trying to decide between the Tesla Model 3 vs. BMW i3. But since you're reading this particular SUV review and comparison, you're likely also interested in the new VW ID.4 for sale. And you'd be right to.

This new electric SUV from Volkswagen boasts an EPA-estimated range of 260 miles1 and can charge up to 62 miles of range in about 10 minutes2 at a public DC fast-charging station.

That's not to say the BMW i3 and Tesla Model 3 aren't impressive. They are, which is why they're in contention to earn a spot in your garage. But how impressive are they really when you compare the BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 vs. VW ID.4?

Let's take a look at pricing, performance, range, charging, reliability, and more in our electric-car-model comparison.

BMW i3

  • starting price $44,4503
  • Electric Motor
  • 170 hp, 0-60 in 6.8 seconds
  • RWD
  • 124 city / 102 hwy / 113 combined
  • 126-153 mile battery range

Tesla Model 3

  • starting price $39,9903
  • Electric Motor
  • 197 hp, 0-60 in 3.1 seconds
  • RWD
  • 150 city / 133 hwy / 142 combined
  • 263-353 mile battery range

Volkswagen ID.4

  • starting price $39,9953
  • Electric Motor
  • 201 hp, 0-60 in 7.4 seconds
  • RWD
  • 107 city / 91 hwy / 99 combined
  • 240-260 mile battery range

VW ID.4 vs. BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 Pricing

Let's start with the sticker. When it comes to starting price, the BMW i3 is priced the highest among the electric SUVs we're comparing and can be had from $44,450 MSRP. The Tesla Model 3 comes in at $39,990 MSRP, and the VW ID.4 price starts at $39,995 MSRP.3

Model 3 vs. BMW i3 vs. VW ID.4 Performance

Now that we know the pricing between the BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 vs. Volkswagen ID.4, let's look at what you get for your money. And let's start with performance. All three vehicles are motivated by an electric motor that propels an RWD powertrain.

When it comes to horsepower, the Volkswagen ID.4 leads the pack with 201 horsepower, and the Tesla Model 3 is a close second with 197 horsepower, while the BMW i3 brings up the rear with 170 horsepower.

As far as 0-60 times, there's no denying what the Tesla Model 3 can do — take you from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. The BMW i3 can reach 0-60 mph in 6.8 seconds, while the Volkswagen ID.4 needs 7.4 seconds to get you up to speed.

When it comes to BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 vs. Volkswagen ID.4 reliability, the VW ID.4 is backed by the VW Carefree Coverage suite of products and services. Most notably, a new vehicle limited warranty that covers the first four years or 50,00 miles (whichever occurs first).4 Talk to our sales team to learn more.

BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 vs. Volkswagen ID.4 Dimensions

Now that we know more about the BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 performance and who beats who, let's look at which new electric SUV provides the best interior space and usability. The VW ID.4 five-seater SUV boasts a total cargo capacity of 30.3 cubic feet and an overall interior passenger volume of 130.2 cubic feet.

The Tesla Model 3 also offers five total seats but comes up short with only 15 cubic feet of cargo capacity with all seats in place and 112 cubic feet of passenger volume. If you have taller passengers or you prefer a roomier driver's seat yourself, the VW beats the Tesla in this regard.

The BMW i3 only offers four seats, but it does offer slightly more cargo capacity than the Model 3. The BMW i3 gives you 15.1 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats up and 99.1 cubic feet of interior volume.

VW Lease Deals and Specials

After you read our BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 vs. Volkswagen ID.4 comparison, you'll want to head over to our VW dealer and learn about our current lease deals on new electric cars for sale. Our finance team is standing by to help you secure an affordable lease deal. You can get started with our free online credit application or by calling our finance department.

Call our finance department to learn how you can lease a VW ID.4 today and be on your way to never having to fill up at the gas station again.

When you're asking about $0 down lease offers on new VW electric cars for sale, be sure to ask about current tax rebates and incentives you might be eligible for with your EV purchase. Our dealership is here to help you find ways to save on new cars.

Save Money With EVs

Electric vehicles give you plenty of ways to save. When you drive an all-new electric VW, you never have to schedule an oil change appointment again — because there is no oil. The days of paying for engine repairs and waiting in line at gas stations are over. Now, you can charge at home at your convenience. Never buy gas or change your car's oil again and start saving today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which costs more? The 2021 BMW i3 or Tesla Model 3?

If you're comparing the cost of new EVs for sale, the new BMW i3 is more expensive than the Tesla Model 3. In fact, the BMW is nearly $4,500 more than the Tesla Model 3 and the comparably priced Volkswagen ID.4. Pricing for the BMW i3 starts at $44,450 and is the highest among these three electric SUVs for sale.

Which has the best range?

As far as EPA-estimated battery range, the Tesla Model 3 offers the most range between the BMW i3 and the VW ID.4. The Model 3 delivers a 263-353 mile battery range, while the Volkswagen ID.4 provides an EPA-estimated 240-260 mile battery range.1 The BMW i3 gives drivers the least amount of range with its estimated 126-153 mile battery range.

Which has the most horsepower?

In a BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 vs. Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV comparison, the VW ID.4 has the most horsepower. The electric motor in the VW ID.4 produces 201 horsepower, while the Tesla Model 3 delivers 197, and the BMW i3 can only muster 170 horsepower. When it comes to these vehicles, the new VW ID.4 delivers plenty of performance.

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Now that you know more about how the BMW i3 vs. Tesla Model 3 vs. Volkswagen ID.4 compare, you'll want to take a spin in the new VW ID.4 and experience the performance and comfort for yourself. Take the short drive to our EV dealer near you and go for a ride today.

12021 ID.4 Pro EPA estimated total range is 260 miles. Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, accessory use, temperature and topography, battery age, load, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner's manual for details.

2ID.4 Pro equipped with fast charging capability maximum rate of 125kW. Based on charging at a 125kW or higher charger. Charging times and range will vary and depend on a variety of factors including ambient temperature, charger type, battery age, condition and initial state of charge, vehicle condition, driving and charging habits, accessory use, topography, load and others. Frequent and consecutive fast charging can permanently decrease battery capacity.

3All prices shown are the U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") and do not include extra costs, such as, but not limited to, taxes, dealer charges, registration, and transportation. For specific product availability and program information, please visit your local authorized Volkswagen dealer.

44 years/50,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on most new MY2020-22 VW vehicles. For vehicle eligibility details, visit See owner's literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations.

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