Used test: BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf - verdict

Interest is growing in used electric cars, and they don’t come much more usable than VW’s e-Golf. But is it better than BMW’s radical i3?...

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Our verdict

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, because the i3 is not an ideal family car. Its smaller boot and one less rear seat make it far less practical, 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 harder to find.

If you can get 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.

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1st – Volkswagen e-Golf

Used test: BMW i3 vs 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

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

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2nd – BMW i3

Used test: BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf

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

What Car? rating 4 out of 5 stars

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Specifications: Volkswagen e-Golf

Battery Li-ion, 24.2kWh
List price when new £30,845
Price today £14,000*
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 £30,680
Price today £13,500*
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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