Used test: BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf

Used electric cars are becoming more and more widely available, so we’ve put two of the most desirable to the test

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BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf


The BMW i3 wows with its superb interior, while its strong performance and real-world range also give it plenty of appeal. If you’re after an electric car that stands out from the crowd and makes you feel special, it’s a solid buy.

Just be aware that that extrovert styling comes at a price. The i3 is not an ideal family car, with its smaller boot and one less rear seat, and around town its firm ride makes it less enjoyable to drive.

The Volkswagen e-Golf is a complete contrast. You’d be hard-pushed to tell it apart from normal Golfs on the outside, and while that might make it bland for some, it gives the Golf its own appeal for more no-nonsense buyers. However, it is a little more expensive to buy – and it’s worth noting, too, that its relative rarity makes it very hard to find.

If you can find one, though, the e-Golf is the better car here. It’s considerably more practical, better to drive, has a more comfortable ride, and comes with more standard equipment. With all that in mind, we think it’s worth the small additional cost.

1st – Volkswagen e-Golf

For Great to drive; well equipped; spacious inside

Against Ride isn’t as good as standard Golf’s; not as quick as the i3

Verdict One of the most convincing electric cars yet

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – BMW i3

For Impressive performance; stunning interior; brilliant infotainment system

Against Choppy ride; nervous handling; small boot

Verdict Hugely desirable, but the e-Golf makes more sense

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full BMW i3 review

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Specifications: Volkswagen e-Golf

Battery Li-ion, 24.2kWh

List price when new Β£30,845

Price today Β£16,000

Power 113bhp

Torque 199lb ft

0-60mph 9.7sec

Top speed 87mph

Official range 118 miles

CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: BMW i3

Battery Li-ion, 18.8kWh

List price when new Β£30,680

Price today Β£15,500

Power 167bhp

Torque 184lb ft

0-60mph 6.9sec

Top speed 91mph

Official range 118 miles

CO2 emissions 0g/km

Price today is based on a 2014 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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