Autocar Pits Hyundai IONIQ Electric Versus BMW i3, Nissan LEAF, Volkswagen e-Golf
Autocar recently tested four all-electric models competing in the compact class:
- BMW i3 (33 kWh, 114 mi EPA)
- Hyundai IONIQ Electric (28 kWh, 124 miles EPA)
- Nissan LEAF (30 kWh, 107 mi EPA)
- Volkswagen e-Golf (24 kWh, 83 mi EPA – we should note that a new version is coming: 35.8 kWh, 124 mi EPA expected)
…and found that each of those models have both strong and weak points.
The VW e-Golf for example offers the best driving experience in Autocar’s opinion, while the i3 is a premium model with a higher quality interior along with great agility.
The overall winner of the test is declared to be the BMW i3:
“So good that it’ll make you think differently about EVs. The i3 is one of the best urban cars money can buy, and great fun to drive.”
The Volkswagen e-Golf, despite being the only ‘sub-100 mile’ car finished 2nd:
“Pioneering technology delivered with VW polish. E-Golf is strong in every important area but curiously expensive on a monthly basis.”
While the Hyundai IONIQ Electric takes third:
“Hyundai’s first dedicated battery car shows plenty of promise but needs better dynamic finishing. Good on value, practicality and range.”
And, the poor Nissan LEAF was rated last:
“Original electric poster boy shows how far rivals have moved the game on. Leaf is still very credible and genuinely usable, though.”
We also should note that the plug-ins in Autocar’s comparison also finished in the same order as pricing from high to low.
Check out deep-dive analysis from Autocar on the 4 plug-ins here.