BMW i3 vs Nissan Leaf – Comparison
July 30th, 2014 by Horatiu Boeriu


AutoExpress UK compares the new BMW i3 against the current EV industry
leader, Nissan Leaf.

Worldwide Nissan Leaf is already the best-selling electric car in history,
with more than 110,000 sold globally since December 2011. The BMW i3 went on
sale earlier this year and BMW is currently working at full capacity to
fulfill the requests.

In Europe, the Leaf is officially rated at 123 miles but recent tests showed
real life range to be around 90 miles. Same tests report on the i3 having a
driving range of 105 miles from a 22 kWh battery pack.

BMW i3 vs Nissan Leaf Comparison

But how do the two electric vehicles fare against each other? Here is an
excerpt from their review:


 Both cars feature illuminated charging sockets, helping to take the strain
out of plugging in at night, plus they can be charged to 80 per cent
capacity in between seven and eight hours when using a standard household

 However, if you’ve got an off-road parking space, then a powerful
wall-mounted charger will be a better bet. Nissan uses the free British Gas
unit, but you’ll pay £315 for BMW’s i Wallbox.
 Space race

 The BMW has the upper hand when it comes to interior room. Its neat
pillarless door opening makes for easy access to the back seat – although
the wide, carbon fibre door sill will be a hurdle for some. Light materials
and large windows also help make the i3’s cabin feel brighter and more airy
than its rival’s more traditional interior.

 Mainstream manufacturers are embracing electric cars, but the used trade is
less convinced about their long-term appeal. Our experts predict the BMW
will hold on to just 30.8 per cent of its value after three years, while the
Nissan will retain a woeful 26 per cent.

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