Autocar recently tested four all-electric models competing in the compact class:

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

  • 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."

BMW i3 wins AutoCar comparison review

BMW i3 wins AutoCar comparison review

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.

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