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Compare BMW i3 vs. Volkswagen GTI vs. BMW 2-Series

Compare the BMW i3 against the Volkswagen GTI and BMW 2-Series. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the i3, GTI and 2-Series stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new i3, GTI and 2-Series. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2014 BMW i3 2014 Volkswagen GTI 2014 BMW 2-Series
2014 BMW i3 2014 Volkswagen GTI 2014 BMW 2-Series
     
4dr HB
  • 4dr HB
  • 4dr HB w/Range Extender
4dr HB Man Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB Man Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB DSG Wolfsburg PZEV
  • 4dr HB Man Driver's Edition PZEV
  • 4dr HB DSG Driver's Edition PZEV
Coupe
  • Coupe
  • Coupe
 
 

Prices

MSRP $41,350 $25,095 $32,100
Invoice $38,040 $24,091 $29,530
Avg. Paid $33,521 $18,524 $24,028

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.8 8.4 8.2
Critics' Rating 8.7 9.4 9.2
Performance 8.7 8.9 8.7
Interior 8.0 9.1 7.3
Cost to Own N/A 8.8 8.2
Safety N/A 9.7 10.0
Reliability 3.0 2.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Comfortable, roomy seats
  • Engaging driving dynamics
  • Lots of cargo space
  • Premium cabin materials
  • Roomy seats
  • Good cargo space
  • Great overall performance
  • Sporty handling
  • Strong engines
  • Good fuel economy
Cons
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Slow navigation system with small screen
  • Some cheap cabin materials
  • Confusing infotainment system

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Manual Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Electric Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
MPG N/A 21 City / 31 Hwy 23 City / 36 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Hatchback Hatchback Coupe

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101 101.5 105.9
Length, Overall (in) 157 165.9 174.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70 70 69.8
Height, Overall (in) 62 57.8 55.8

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2799 3113 3300

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Optional
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 4 5 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 92.9
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 39.3 40.1
Front Leg Room (in) 40.5 41.2 41.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 54.7 54.4
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 38.5 36.5
Second Leg Room (in) 31.9 35.5 33
Second Shoulder Room (in) 49.2 52.8 53.4
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 11.8 46
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.7

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
HD Radio Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Optional Optional
Hard Disk Drive Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Optional Optional
Leather Seats Optional Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard Optional
Passenger Lumbar Standard Optional
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional
Power Passenger Seat Standard Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Leveling Headlights Standard Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
Electric Motor Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Electric Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Displacement 2.0 L/121 2.0 L/122
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 200 @ 5100 240 @ 5000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 184 207 @ 1700 255 @ 1250
Transmission Automatic Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 32.3 35.8 35.6

Fuel

Electric Fuel System Standard
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 31 36
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.7

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional
Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
1-Speed Automatic Standard
8-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Optional
6-Speed Manual Standard Optional

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.