AutoExpress Pits BMW i3 Against Volkswagen e-Golf
Volkswagen had once compared the BMW i3 to its e-up!, but now here’s i3 versus e-Golf.
e-Golf just hit the UK and AutoExpress wonders which vehicle is the right choice for those looking to switch to electric drive.
As it turns out, the choice isn’t easy. Range of both cars is similar. The key difference, which catches the eye, is the looks. According to the AutoExpress, the i3 wins because its futuristic looks give it the desirability factor over other EVs.
But to be honest, not all buyers would like have onlookers pointing fingers at them on the street, so both the head-turner (i3) and plain Jane hatchback (e-Golf) will find buyers. And e-Golf is a 5-seater, of course.
1st place: BMW i3
With innovative engineering and the use of advanced composite materials, the i3 is a groundbreaking electric car that’s fast, good to drive and practical. But beyond the technology, the funky cabin and futuristic looks give it the desirability factor EVs have traditionally lacked. If you can cope with the range limitations, then it’s a very tempting proposition. And it just edges victory over the worthy but less exciting VW.
2nd place: Volkswagen e-Golf
The e-Golf is another excellent electric car from Volkswagen. It’s a well engineered and good-to-drive EV, with a similar real-world range to the i3. The Golf won’t turn as many heads as the i3, but its traditional image is a plus for some. However, it trails the BMW on performance, plus the ride is firm and the handling slightly blunted. More importantly, it lacks the all-round desirability of its futuristic rival.”