Comparison: BMW i3 vs VW e-Up

BMW i | September 5th, 2013 by 11
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BMW’s i3 gets a new competitor. The VW e-Up and e-Golf were just announced prior to their Frankfurt Auto Show debut. The e-Up aims to …

BMW’s i3 gets a new competitor. The VW e-Up and e-Golf were just announced prior to their Frankfurt Auto Show debut. The e-Up aims to go head-to-head with the i3 and it is priced aggressively: 26,900 euros ($35,500), 23 percent less than the i3.

The e-Up uses a 60-kW motor producing 155 pound-feet of torque and runs from 0-to-62 miles per hour in 12.4 seconds. Top speed is 81 mph. The 18.7 kWh battery gives the e-Up a range of 100 miles. Both electric cars have two “efficient driving” modes (“Eco”, “Eco+”) and four regenerative braking modes (“D1”, “D2”, “D3” and “B”) that help to extend maximum driving ranges.

Comparing the BMW i3 and VW e-Up a little closer and we ca notice some significant differences. With an overall length of 3.54 meters, the e-Up is about half a meter shorter than the BMW i3. The i3 gets 80-100 miles real-world EV range.

Comparison: BMW i3 vs VW e Up

The VW e-Up weighs 1,140 kilograms while the curb weight of the BMW i3 is 1195 kg.

Real life stats will be available sometime in the future but for now let’s have a look at a visual comparison.

[Source: Bimmertoday]

  • Tommolog

    The e-Golf is a better comparison to the i3. This e-up is better compared to the Mitsubishi iMiEV. It’s tiny, underpowered and will cost much less than an i3. VW’s e-Golf is prices similarly and stacks up better to the i3 than this micro-car.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Good point Tom, hopefully I have some time to get to it.

    • Mirko Reinhardt

      I don’t think it would be appropriate to compare the up! to the Mitsubishi. The up! is wider than other microcars and offers pretty good passenger comfort. And while not being as quick as the i3, the e-up! is quicker than any gas or CNG powered up!, so I’m not so sure about the “underpowered” part.
      It’s a usable 4-seater for barely more money than a Smart ED, and comes well equipped for 3,000€ less than the cheapest Leaf, and has a great size for city driving. Could be a “sweet spot” EV for many.

  • Tommolog

    The e-Golf is a better comparison to the i3. This e-up is better compared to the Mitsubishi iMiEV. It’s tiny, underpowered and will cost much less than an i3. VW’s e-Golf is prices similarly and stacks up better to the i3 than this micro-car.

  • Michael

    I agree that a vehicle carrying a base MSRP of nearly 25% less than the i3 certainly should not be regarded as a competitor. Frankly I’m not sure that the Golf should be considered as a direct competitor either being that it’s still a near premium vehicle as opposed to a premium vehicle.

    • Tommolog

      The i3 is very unique and while there is certainly competition, nothing really is a direct, clear competitor. However if we’re talking about VW electric offerings, I do thing the e-Golf is a better direct competitor. The e-Up would be more directly a iMiEV or Zoe competitor.

      • Michael

        I concur.

  • Ninong

    0-62 mph in 12.4 seconds is much, much slower than the i3. And a top speed of only 81 mph is much lower. To say nothing of the huge difference in vehicle size. No comparison. Maybe VW intends to come out with an Audi EV that will be more competitive?

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