Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

It is impossible to mistake the BMW i3 and the Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive for each other out on the road.

Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive & BMW i3

Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive & BMW i3

You can absolutely tell them However, both vehicles are alike and different in several ways.

The B-Class ED is based off an existing front-wheel drive model in Europe. The i3 however is designed from ground up as part of the new i-series.

The similarities, according to Los Altos Town Crier, include:

  • Both 100% electric (except then i3 also has a REx option)
  • Designed to meet a certain states mandates.
  • Meet and exceed the needs of city-type traveling.
  • Nearly the same price right around $43,000.
  • A driving range of just over 80 miles on a full charge. (although the B-Class ED has an option to expand range to 104 miles)
  • Charging time takes about 4 hours on a 240v home charger as well as on most public charging stations.
The differences include:
  • The obvious appearances differences.
  • The Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive has more practicality with additional space for cargo and passengers, as compared to the i3.
  • The reviewers claimed a few differences in each drive and handle. i3 has the upper hand with BMW's typical quick steering, acceleration, and cornering while the B-Class ED has Mercedes' typical smoother handling and refined responsiveness.
The first i3 was delivered to a Massachusetts resident this last may, while the B-Class ED is expected to be delivered early on in this month.

For buyers, there should be no issue deciding between the 2 vehicles.  Since both vehicles essentially cost the same and deliver the same range, the choice comes down to what a buyer desires: appearances? cargo room? speed? handling? seating for 5?  Weigh your priorities, then decide which of the two is right for you.

BMW i3

BMW i3

*Editor's note: The i3 tested in this comparison is without the optional range extender.

Source: Los Altos Town Crier