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This BMW i4 vs Tesla Model 3 comparison looks at price, range, charging, 0-60 time, top speed, battery capacity, power, torque, warranty, weight, dimensions and more. It gives a general idea of what to expect till production i4 specs are available.

BMW i4Tesla Model 3
Price (min-max)£45,000–60,000 (est)£39,500–55,500
BiK company-car tax 2020/21 (12 months, 40% taxpayer)£0£0
Warranty3yrs/unlimited miles (est)3yrs/60,000 miles
Battery warranty6yrs/60,000 miles (est)8yrs/100,000 miles


BMW i4
Tesla Model 3
Official electric range (WLTP)373 miles254–348 miles
Battery capacity80kWh60–70kWh
MotorSingle or twin electric motors (est)Single or twin electric motors
Power / torque (combined)523bhp / 600Nm (est)385bhp / 640Nm
0-62mph4.0 seconds3.2–5.3 seconds
Top speed124mph140–162mph
Maximum charging speed250kW (est)250kW
0-100% charge time (from 7kW home wallbox)8 hours (est)8 hrs to 11 hrs 45 mins
Charging cablesType 2 / domestic 3-pin (est)Type 2 / CCS / domestic 3-pin


BMW i4
Tesla Model 3
Kerbweight1,850kg (est)1,847kg
Length4,700mm (est)4,694mm
Height1,450mm (est)1,443mm
Width (inc. mirrors)2,000mm (est)2,088mm
Wheelbase2,850mm (est)2,875mm
Luggage capacity450 litres (est)425 litres
 

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In response to Tesla saying they expect annual sales growth of 50%, BMW CEO said “It won’t be easy for Tesla to continue at that speed because the rest of the industry is moving ahead big time", and looking at the numbers, I have to agree. Shareholders probably do too with the biggest selloff period we've seen yet.

 

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Great comparison here that goes even deeper on how close these two are on pricing and many of the specs.

"Until now, driving enthusiasts who wanted to switch to an EV really had a very limited selection of vehicles to opt for: the best choice for the keen driver looking to go electric is the Porsche Taycan, but it is quite expensive (although slightly more attainable in base RWD form), or the Tesla Model 3 which drives fairly well, but it wasn’t necessarily designed to please driving enthusiasts.

Don’t get me wrong, the Model 3 is currently the best choice for someone who likes spirited driving but hates tailpipe emissions (and can't afford a Taycan), but now there’s a new kid on the block that does have the power to upset the hierarchy. We are, of course, talking about the BMW i4, the newly revealed fully-electric version of the four-door 4 Series.

All we have to go on right now are preliminary estimates regarding its range, but an expected 590 km (367 miles) WLTP or 300 miles (482 km) EPA, it will, in theory, be a match for the Model 3. BMW may offer more than one battery pack option, though - we’ll have to wait and see, because the manufacturer will have several versions with varying power outputs (it would not be out of the question if the battery packs also differed from version to version).

For comparison, the Tesla Model 3, arguably the i4’s biggest rival right now, can go further on one charge, in its longest range versions. The Long Range AWD model has a claimed EPA range of 353 miles (568 km) or a WLTP range of 360 miles (580 km). Chances are the Tesla, whose weight in the same LR AWD configuration is 4,072 pounds (1,847 kg), will actually be a bit lighter than the BMW, which we predict might end up going past the 2-ton mark, or come very close to it.

When it comes to power, though, the most powerful version of the i4 will have 523 horsepower (530 PS) and it will be able to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in under 4 seconds - BMW has yet to provide the final figure. The quickest version of the Model 3, the Performance, has 450 horsepower and it reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) from nought in 3.3 seconds, but even if the i4 will be heavier, its extra power will give it an acceleration figure that is at least close to the Model 3’s (BMW is probably being conservative with its under 4-second estimate).

We expect the i4 to come with an 80 kWh battery pack that you’ll be able to charge at up to 150 kW via DC fast charger. This should put 100 km (62 miles) worth of range back into the battery in around 6 minutes or take the state of charge up to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. By comparison, the Tesla Model 3’s biggest available battery pack is the 75 kWh pack, but thanks to new cells with 5 percent better energy density, which has grown to over 80 kWh, thus matching (or even surpassing) the BMW for outright capacity. When it comes to charging, the Model 3 peaks at 250 kW.

We’ll have to wait for the final range claims from BMW, yet since the i4 travels slightly less with an almost identical battery (on the EPA combined cycle), it looks like the Model 3 uses its electrons slightly more efficiently. Tesla claims that a Model 3 LR AWD sips just 29 kWh/100 miles, and while we don’t have any exact figures, based on the range estimate and rumors about the i4 having an 80 kWh battery, we estimate it is slightly higher than the Tesla’s.

BMW will gradually trickle-feed us information about the i4 and when we have all of the specs, we’ll look at these two vehicles again. As things stand right now, it’s pretty clear the i4 was benchmarked to at least be a match for the Model 3, but the thing is, if it’s also a more engaging drive, some potential buyers will still get it even though the Tesla is the outright range and semi-autonomous driving leader.

Probably the best part about the i4 is that it will be fairly similarly priced to the Model 3. Expect it to cost somewhere in the $50,000 range, although we don’t expect it to go too far south of that value; we say it will carry a $50,000+ window sticker when it launches later this year. What do you think? Is the i4 the first worthy Model 3 rival, or is it just another half-baked attempt by an OEM that didn’t even bother to use a bespoke EV platform?"

 

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Great comparison here that goes even deeper on how close these two are on pricing and many of the specs.

"Until now, driving enthusiasts who wanted to switch to an EV really had a very limited selection of vehicles to opt for: the best choice for the keen driver looking to go electric is the Porsche Taycan, but it is quite expensive (although slightly more attainable in base RWD form), or the Tesla Model 3 which drives fairly well, but it wasn’t necessarily designed to please driving enthusiasts.

Don’t get me wrong, the Model 3 is currently the best choice for someone who likes spirited driving but hates tailpipe emissions (and can't afford a Taycan), but now there’s a new kid on the block that does have the power to upset the hierarchy. We are, of course, talking about the BMW i4, the newly revealed fully-electric version of the four-door 4 Series.

All we have to go on right now are preliminary estimates regarding its range, but an expected 590 km (367 miles) WLTP or 300 miles (482 km) EPA, it will, in theory, be a match for the Model 3. BMW may offer more than one battery pack option, though - we’ll have to wait and see, because the manufacturer will have several versions with varying power outputs (it would not be out of the question if the battery packs also differed from version to version).

For comparison, the Tesla Model 3, arguably the i4’s biggest rival right now, can go further on one charge, in its longest range versions. The Long Range AWD model has a claimed EPA range of 353 miles (568 km) or a WLTP range of 360 miles (580 km). Chances are the Tesla, whose weight in the same LR AWD configuration is 4,072 pounds (1,847 kg), will actually be a bit lighter than the BMW, which we predict might end up going past the 2-ton mark, or come very close to it.

When it comes to power, though, the most powerful version of the i4 will have 523 horsepower (530 PS) and it will be able to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in under 4 seconds - BMW has yet to provide the final figure. The quickest version of the Model 3, the Performance, has 450 horsepower and it reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) from nought in 3.3 seconds, but even if the i4 will be heavier, its extra power will give it an acceleration figure that is at least close to the Model 3’s (BMW is probably being conservative with its under 4-second estimate).

We expect the i4 to come with an 80 kWh battery pack that you’ll be able to charge at up to 150 kW via DC fast charger. This should put 100 km (62 miles) worth of range back into the battery in around 6 minutes or take the state of charge up to 80 percent in around 30 minutes. By comparison, the Tesla Model 3’s biggest available battery pack is the 75 kWh pack, but thanks to new cells with 5 percent better energy density, which has grown to over 80 kWh, thus matching (or even surpassing) the BMW for outright capacity. When it comes to charging, the Model 3 peaks at 250 kW.

We’ll have to wait for the final range claims from BMW, yet since the i4 travels slightly less with an almost identical battery (on the EPA combined cycle), it looks like the Model 3 uses its electrons slightly more efficiently. Tesla claims that a Model 3 LR AWD sips just 29 kWh/100 miles, and while we don’t have any exact figures, based on the range estimate and rumors about the i4 having an 80 kWh battery, we estimate it is slightly higher than the Tesla’s.

BMW will gradually trickle-feed us information about the i4 and when we have all of the specs, we’ll look at these two vehicles again. As things stand right now, it’s pretty clear the i4 was benchmarked to at least be a match for the Model 3, but the thing is, if it’s also a more engaging drive, some potential buyers will still get it even though the Tesla is the outright range and semi-autonomous driving leader.

Probably the best part about the i4 is that it will be fairly similarly priced to the Model 3. Expect it to cost somewhere in the $50,000 range, although we don’t expect it to go too far south of that value; we say it will carry a $50,000+ window sticker when it launches later this year. What do you think? Is the i4 the first worthy Model 3 rival, or is it just another half-baked attempt by an OEM that didn’t even bother to use a bespoke EV platform?"

The i4 should be an infinitely better drivers car than the Model 3. Just like how the Taycan is against the Model S. This is how legacy car companies can chip away at Teslas dominance, by making EV across the price range that deliver a better driving experience.
 

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The i4 should be an infinitely better drivers car than the Model 3. Just like how the Taycan is against the Model S. This is how legacy car companies can chip away at Teslas dominance, by making EV across the price range that deliver a better driving experience.
I am really waiting the i4 to be better car than Model3. As I have used to 480 hp, fast charging, good range and not having yearly service for 500 euros with my Model 3, the bar has been set pretty high. Go, BMW!
 

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I am really waiting the i4 to be better car than Model3. As I have used to 480 hp, fast charging, good range and not having yearly service for 500 euros with my Model 3, the bar has been set pretty high. Go, BMW!
Welcome @Finndoc

I the i4 should beat the Model 3 on nearly everything except for maximum range and maybe top speed. But all the things we love about BMW can easily make up for that.
Would you order an i4 as soon as order books open in Finland?
 

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I am really waiting the i4 to be better car than Model3. As I have used to 480 hp, fast charging, good range and not having yearly service for 500 euros with my Model 3, the bar has been set pretty high. Go, BMW!
Welcome to the forum @Finndoc! How long have you had your Model 3 for?
 

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Welcome @Finndoc

I the i4 should beat the Model 3 on nearly everything except for maximum range and maybe top speed. But all the things we love about BMW can easily make up for that.
Would you order an i4 as soon as order books open in Finland?
I am not sure yet. Let's see when BMW is able to deliver the i4. Due to covid auto makers are delaying the timelines all the time. I am just wondering where are MB's and Audi's equivalent cars for i4? For me, the single best thing in Tesla is that you really can buy a Model3 and drive it - not just wait and burn gas - and your loose your nerves waiting.
 

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Welcome to the forum @Finndoc! How long have you had your Model 3 for?
Hi! Two years now. Never going back to ICE. My previous cars were BMW 428, 530i and 428 again. So, I really would like to see a proper sporty EV from BMW. I just hope that BMW can deliver the i4 soon and the price will not go through the roof. E-tron GT price territory is beyond my - and probably many others' - reach.
 

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Hi! Two years now. Never going back to ICE. My previous cars were BMW 428, 530i and 428 again. So, I really would like to see a proper sporty EV from BMW. I just hope that BMW can deliver the i4 soon and the price will not go through the roof. E-tron GT price territory is beyond my - and probably many others' - reach.
Yeah I really hope that the i4 can deliver something that scratch that itch for us with its performance and handling.
 
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