more autonomy than the Tesla Model 3

For more than two years, whoever says electric sedan almost always says tesla model 3. Unless you are allergic to the universe of the American brand, as some “anti-Apple” might be, you have to recognize true qualities in this little roadster, whether they are performance, autonomy or fluidity in the multimedia system. All the more attractive features since throughout 2021, the Model 3 Standard was exhibited at around €36,000 after deducting the CO2 bonus. But having gone it alone, the American now sees competition emerging in the mirrors of him.

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starting with a bmw i4 particularly sharp. Presented in mid-2021 and just beginning its journey, the German demonstrates great driving qualities. Every time we take it in hand, we notice a flattering presentation, a compromise of comfort / behavior above the Tesla and already more than enough performance in the entry version “eDrive40”. But to compete with the Model 3 in the Long Range version – the only one that is ahead of the BMW – it is necessary, above all, to offer a comfortable autonomy.. What the Bavarian achieves without difficulty, as we have seen after going through our independent test database.

To read also: our complete review of the BMW i4 eDrive 40

More autonomy but less performance

For the first time at the wheel of a sedan with sports performance we covered more kilometers than on board the “3”. Thanks to its large 87 kWh battery, the i4 exceeds 460 km in the city and even 463 km on the highway before recharging, a few kilometers more than a Model 3 Long Autonomy and its 75 kWh battery. Even on the road, the German reaches our record value of 350 km shared, this time, with the American. On the other hand, the “3” remains at the forefront in terms of pure performance, thanks to the 457 hp delivered by its two engines (one front, one rear). Opposite, the BMW is content with 340 hp in this access version, which already allows it to offer canon times. Showcased at the same price of €59,000 before bonuses (€2,000 until July 1), these two sedans, however, move away from each other as equipped by the BMW. Because Model 3 comes with “all options”. More expensive, the German, however, advances a manufacturing quality a thousand miles from the American. This is felt both in terms of materials and soundproofing. Instead, Palo Alto firm stays one step ahead with its network of superchargers for kids.

The real autonomy of the BMW i4 eDrive40 and Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy

Extent bmw i4 tesla model 3
Extentcity ​​autonomy bmw i4460km tesla model 3457km
Extentroad range bmw i4463km tesla model 3426km
Extentmotorway range bmw i4350km tesla model 3350km
ExtentCons. to mean** bmw i418.9kWh/100km tesla model 319.8kWh/100km
Extent0 to 100km/h bmw i45.7s tesla model 34.6s
Extent80 to 120km/h bmw i43.2s tesla model 32.3s

* range measurements taken by 24° for the BMW and 20° for the Tesla.

** average consumption takes into account the electricity consumed by the on-board charger, which is not displayed on the dashboard.

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