Comparison between:
- 2014 BMW i3 22 kWh
- 2014 Nissan Leaf SL
- 2014 Volkswagen e-Golf
- 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV

Brand, model, trim, price

Information about the brand, series, model name and year, trim and price of the electric vehicle.

2014 BMW i3 22 kWh2014 Nissan Leaf SL2014 Volkswagen e-Golf2015 Chevrolet Spark EV
2014 BMW i3 22 kWh2014 Nissan Leaf SL2014 Volkswagen e-Golf2015 Chevrolet Spark EV
Trim22 kWhSL--
Model year2014201420142015
MarketNorth America, Europe-EuropeNorth America, Europe, South Korea
Price---USD 25,995 (USA, Apr 2015)
USD 27,495 (USA, Jun 2014)

Body style, dimensions, volumes, weights.

Information about the EV body style, dimensions, clearance, volumes, curb weight, GVWR.

Body styleHatchbackHatchbackHatchbackHatchback
MaterialsCarbon fiber reinforced polymer
SteelSteelHigh-strength steel
Exterior colorsIonic Silver Metallic
Capparis White
Laurel Gray Metallic
Andesite Silver Metallic
Solar Orange Metallic
Arravani Gray
Brilliant Silver
Gun Metallic
Super Black
Cayenne Red Glacier White
Pearl White
Blue Ocean
Deep Black Pearl Metallic
Urano Gray Metallic
Night Blue Metallic
Reflex Silver Metallic
Limestone Grey
Pure White
Pacific Blue
Electric Blue
Silver Ice
Black Granite
Summit White
Interior colorsCarum Spice Gray (Mega and Giga World trims)
Cassia (Giga World trim)
Dalberghia Brown (Tera World trim)
Electric Blue
Dark Pewter
Number of doors5545
Number of seats4544
Length157.4 in
3999 mm
175.0 in
4445 mm
167.5 in
4254 mm
146.5 in
3720 mm
Width69.9 in
1775 mm
69.7 in
1770 mm
70.8 in
1799 mm
64.1 in
1627 mm
Width with mirrors80.2 in
2037 mm
77.4 in
1967 mm
79.8 in
2027 mm
Height62.1 in
1578 mm
61.0 in
1550 mm
57.2 in
1453 mm
62.6 in
1590 mm
Wheelbase101.2 in
2570 mm
106.3 in
2700 mm
103.6 in
2632 mm
93.5 in
2375 mm
Front track61.9 in
1572 mm
60.6 in
1539 mm
60.7 in
1542 mm
55.5 in
1410 mm
Rear track61.3 in
1557 mm
60.4 in
1534 mm
59.5 in
1511 mm
54.8 in
1391 mm
Clearance5.5 in
140 mm
6.3 in
160 mm
5.6 in
142 mm
Front headroom39.6 in
1006 mm
41.2 in
1047 mm
-39.4 in
1000 mm
Rear headroom37.2 in
945 mm
37.3 in
948 mm
-37.3 in
948 mm
Front shoulder room53.6 in
1361 mm
54.3 in
1379 mm
-50.7 in
1288 mm
Rear shoulder room49.2 in
1250 mm
52.5 in
1334 mm
-49.7 in
1263 mm
Front hip room---48.0 in
1218 mm
Rear hip room---47.5 in
1206 mm
Front legroom40.5 in
1029 mm
42.1 in
1069 mm
-42.0 in
1067 mm
Rear legroom31.9 in
810 mm
33.3 in
846 mm
-35.2 in
893 mm
Passenger volume-2617.0 l
92.42 ft3
2.62 m3
-2444.0 l
86.31 ft3
2.44 m3
Total volume-3296.0 l
116.40 ft3
3.30 m3
-2717.0 l
95.95 ft3
2.72 m3
Trunk volume260.0 l
9.18 ft3
0.26 m3
680.0 l
24.01 ft3
0.68 m3
343.0 l
12.11 ft3
0.34 m3
273.0 l
9.64 ft3
0.27 m3
Maximum trunk volume1100.0 l
38.85 ft3
1.10 m3
850.0 l
30.02 ft3
0.85 m3
1233.0 l
43.54 ft3
1.23 m3
663.0 l
23.41 ft3
0.66 m3
Curb weight2634.52 lb
1195 kg
3324.57 lb
1508 kg
3328.98 lb
1510 kg
2866.01 lb
1300 kg
Payload936.96 lb
425 kg
877.44 lb
398 kg
992.08 lb
450 kg
GVWR3571.49 lb
1620 kg
4193.19 lb
1902 kg
4321.06 lb
1960 kg
Drag coefficient0.29 Cd0.28 Cd0.281 Cd0.326 Cd
Additional informationCurb weight with a 75 kg passenger (EU norms) - 1270 kg
GVWR with a 75 kg passenger (EU norms) - 1695 kg
--Front overhang - 790 mm.
Rear overhang - 555 mm.

Electric motor

Information about the model's electric motor and its performance

ManufacturerBMWNissanVolkswagenGeneral Motors
Model-EM61EEM 85-
Electric motor typePermanent magnet synchronousPermanent magnet synchronousPermanent magnet synchronousPermanent magnet synchronous
Location of the motorRearFrontFrontFront
Voltage-360 V--
Power125 kW
167.6 hp
170.0 ps
80 kW
107.3 hp
108.8 ps
85 kW
114.0 hp
115.6 ps
105 kW
140.8 hp
142.8 ps
Maximum power RPM4800 rpm-3000 - 12000 rpm-
Torque250 Nm
25.5 kgm
184.4 ft-lb
254 Nm
25.9 kgm
187.3 ft-lb
270 Nm
27.5 kgm
199.1 ft-lb
444 Nm
45.3 kgm
327.5 ft-lb
Regenerative brakingYesYesYesYes
Driving modesComfort
Eco Pro
Eco Pro+
Additional information--Five levels of regenerative braking - D
and B
Eco mode power and torque - 70 kW / 220 Nm
Eco+ mode power and torque - 55 kW / 175 Nm
The motor is oil-cooled.


Information about the top speed and acceleration of the model.

Top speed77.7 mph
125.0 km/h
90.1 mph
145.0 km/h
87.0 mph
140.0 km/h
90.1 mph
145.0 km/h
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h7.20 s11.30 s10.40 s-
Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph6.90 s--7.20 s
Additional informationEco Pro+ mode top speed - 90 km/h-Eco mode top speed - 140 km/h
Eco mode acceleration 0-100 km/h - 13.1 s
Eco+ mode top speed - 90 km/h

Driving range

Information about the official driving range of the model according to EPA, NEDC, WPTL.

Driving rangeNEDC: 118.1 mi / 190.0 km
EPA: 80.8 mi / 130.0 km
EPA: 84.0 mi / 135.2 kmNEDC: 118.1 mi / 190.0 kmEPA: 51.0 mi / 82.0 km

Energy efficiency

Information about the energy efficiency of the model in various measurement units according to EPA, NEDC, WPTL.

Energy efficiencyNEDC, CMB: 12.9 kWh/100 km
EPA, CTY: 25 kWh/100 mi
EPA, CMB: 27 kWh/100 mi
EPA, HWY: 30 kWh/100 mi
EPA, HWY: 111 MPGe
EPA, CMB: 124 MPGe
EPA, CTY: 137 MPGe
EPA, CTY: 17 kWh/100 km
EPA, CMB: 18.7 kWh/100 km
EPA, HWY: 21.2 kWh/100 km
EPA, CTY: 27.3 kWh/100 mi
EPA, CMB: 30 kWh/100 mi
EPA, HWY: 34 kWh/100 mi
EPA, HWY: 101 MPGe
EPA, CMB: 114 MPGe
EPA, CTY: 126 MPGe
NEDC, CMB: 12.7 kWh/100 kmEPA, CMB: 28 kWh/100 mi
EPA, HWY: 109 MPGe
EPA, CMB: 119 MPGe
EPA, CTY: 128 MPGe

Energy class

Information about the energy class of the electric car.

Energy classA+AA+-


Information about the type of the steering mechanism of the model and related features.

Type of steering mechanismRack and pinionRack and pinionRack and pinionRack and pinion
Type of power steeringElectronicElectronicElectronicElectronic
Turning circle9.86 m
32.35 ft
10.4 m
34.12 ft
10.9 m
35.76 ft
10.3 m
33.79 ft
Lock-to-lock turns---2.8


Information about the transmission of the model.

Type of transmissionAutomatic single-speed reduction gearAutomatic single-speed reduction gearAutomatic single-speed reduction gearAutomatic single-speed reduction gear
DrivetrainRear-wheel drive (RWD)Front-wheel drive (FWD)Front-wheel drive (FWD)Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Axle ratio9.6657.93773.613.87
Additional information--Gearbox model - EQ 270-


Information about the system of components that connects the wheels and axles to the chassis.

Front suspensionIndependent
MacPherson strut
Coil springs (helical springs)
Shock absorbers
MacPherson strut
Coil springs (helical springs)
Anti-roll bar (stabilizer link / stabilizer bar)
MacPherson strut
Coil springs (helical springs)
Telescopic shock absorbers
Anti-roll bar (stabilizer link / stabilizer bar)
MacPherson strut
Coil springs (helical springs)
Anti-roll bar (stabilizer link / stabilizer bar)
Rear suspensionMulti-link
Coil springs (helical springs)
Torsion beam (twist beam / torsion bar)
Anti-roll bar (stabilizer link / stabilizer bar)
Coil springs (helical springs)
Anti-roll bar (stabilizer link / stabilizer bar)
Telescopic shock absorbers
Torsion beam (twist beam / torsion bar)
Coil springs (helical springs)


Information about the brake system used on this model.

Front brakesVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs
Rear brakesVentilated discsDiscsDiscsVentilated discs
Additional information-4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes-Brake rotor diameter front (single piston): 256 mm
Brake rotor diameter rear (single piston): 258 mm


Information about the rims available for this electric car.

6.5Jx17 ET456.5Jx16 ET46-


Information about the tyres available for this electric vehicle.

155/70R19 84Q
215/50R17 89H205/55R16 91H185/55R15


Specifications and features of the rechargeable battery that powers this vehicle.

ManufacturerSamsung SDIAESCPanasonic-SanyoLG Chem
Type of rechargeable batteryLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-IonLithium-Ion
Battery capacity22 kWh24 kWh24.2 kWh18.4 kWh
Number of cells96192264192
Number of modules84827-
Voltage360 V360 V323 V400 V
Energy density-157 Wh/kg126 Wh/kg-
Weight449.74 lb
204 kg
601.86 lb
273 kg
701.07 lb
318 kg
473.99 lb
215 kg
Volume-485.0 l
17.13 ft3
0.48 m3
-139.0 l
4.91 ft3
0.14 m3
LocationUnder the floor, middleUnder the floor, middleUnder the floor, middle-
CoolingWater-based coolant circulationAir convection (passive)Passive coolingWater-based coolant circulation
Minimum ambient temperature--35 °C
-31 °F
Maximum ambient temperature-45 °C
113 °F
Additional informationThe net battery capacity is 18.8 kWh
Battery warming system
Uses 120 Ah square cells
Estimated volumetric energy density - 449 Wh/L
Stacked laminated LiMn2O4 with LiNiO2/Graphite
Battery heater
Auxiliary 12-volt lead-acid battery
Optional heat pump-

Charging type

Information about the different types of charging of this specific electric car.

Charging typeHousehold charging, 3.7 kW
BMW i Wallbox, 7.4 kW
DC fast charging, 50 kW
EVSE cable, 2.3 kW
Portable cable, 7.4 kW
Standard wall socket, 2.3 kW
Wall box, 3.6 kW
Wall box, 7.2 kW
CCS fast charging, 40 kW
DC fast charging, 50 kW

Onboard charger/Charging port

Information about the onboard charger(s)/charging port(s) available on this electric vehicle.

Onboard charger/Charging port-Onboard charger, Type 1, 6.6 kW
Quick charge port, Type 4, 50 kW
Onboard charger, Type 2 CCS2, 7.2 kW-

Charging time

Information about the estimated charging time for this EV depending on the various type of charging it supports.

Charging timeDC fast charging, 0:22
BMW i Wallbox, 2:59
Household charging, 5:57
Fast charging station, 0:23-0:29
Portable cable, 3:39-4:00
EVSE cable, 10:26-21:00
CCS fast charging, 0:29
Wall box 7.2 kW, 3:11
Wall box 3.6 kW, 6:44-8:00
Standard wall socket, 10:32-13:00
DC fast charging, 0:20-0:25

Additional features

A list of standard and optional exterior and interior features of the model.

Additional featuresRear cupholders (S)
Adaptive Cruise/Speed Control (O)
Brake Assist System (S)
Collision Warning System (O)
Cornering Brake Control (S)
Electronic Brake Distribution (S)
Electronic hand brake (S)
Engine Start Button (S)
Front and side airbags (S)
Front radar (O)
Full-length side curtain airbags (S)
Immobilizer (S)
Low Tire Pressure Indicator (S)
Parking distance sensors (O)
Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Radar (S)
Passenger Assist Handles (S)
Rear camera and radar (O)
Service Interval Indicator (S)
Standard Cruise/Speed Control (S)
Theft Deterrent System (S)
12V power outlet (S)
200GB internal HD (O)
AM/FM Radio, Digital Radio (S)
Bluetooth (S)
BMW Apps (O)
BMW ConnectedDrive (S)
BMW Online with MyInfo (O)
Coming Home Device (S)
Garage Door Opener (S)
Internal HD (S)
Keyless entry (S)
MP3 Player (O)
Multi-funciton touchscreen (O)
Navigation (S)
Remote Audio Controls (S)
Satellite radio (S)
4 x sepakers, standard audio system (S)
Smart Card/Key (S)
12 x speakers, 360 watt, Harmon/Kardon Premium Sound (O)
Telematics (S)
Trip computer (S)
Voice-activating system (O)
Wide Screen Navigation System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info (O)
Climate control (S)
Remote control (S)
Ventilation System (S)
Head Restraints (S)
Heated front seats (O)
Isofix Preparation (S)
Leather-trimmed, tilt telescoping (S)
Door Entry Light (S)
Power Locks (S)
Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key) (S)
Power windows (S)
Remote Trunk/Hatch Release (S)
Sunroof (S)
Tinted glass windows (S)
Zone-tinted windshield with wipers (S)
Automatic rear-view mirror (S)
Body-color driver and passenger power side mirrors with turn signals (S)
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror (S)
Memory adjustment (S)
Headlight Control (S)
LED daytime running lights (S)
LED headlights (S)
LED taillights (S)
Cargo Area Cover (S)
Leather (S)
Leather and wool cloth (S)
Sensatec and sustainable cloth (S)
Cargo area cover (S)
Photovoltaic solar panel spoiler
Tire repair kit (S)
3-point ALR/ELR seat belts (S)
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) (S)
Around View Monitor (O)
Brake Assist (S)
Child safety rear door locks (S)
Child seat upper tether anchor (S)
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) (S)
Energy-absorbing front and rear bumpers (S)
Energy-absorbing steering column (S)
Front and rear assist grips (S)
Front and rear crumple zones (S)
Hill start assist (S)
Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (S)
Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System (S)
Parking brake (manual, foot pedal) (S)
Pretensioners and load limiters on front belts (S)
Side door guard beams (S)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) (S)
Traction Control System (TCS) (S)
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) (S)
Vehicle Security System (VSS) (S)
7-inch color LCD display (S)
AM/FM/CD with MP3/WMA CD (S)
Auxiliary input jack (S)
Bluetooth (S)
Bose 7-speaker premium audio system (O)
Cruise control (S)
Cruise control switches (S)
Digital meter cluster (S)
HomeLink Universal Transceiver (S)
Nissan Connection by CARWINGS (S)
Nissan Navigation System with NavTraffic (S)
Palm-shift drive selector (S)
Pandora link for iPhone (S)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio (S)
6 x Speakers (S)
Trip computer (S)
USB port (S)
Automatic Temperature Control (S)
Rear HVAC ducts (S)
Heater, AC timer (S)
Hybrid heater system with heat pump (S)
4-way manual front passenger seat (S)
6-way manual driver's seat (S)
60/40 folding rear seats (S)
Front and rear heated seats (S)
3-spoke, heated, leather wrapped (S)
Nissan Intelligent Key (S)
Power door locks w/auto locking system (S)
Power windows (S)
Rear window defroster with timer (S)
Remote charge door release (S)
Variable intermittent windshield wipers (S)
Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror (S)
Heated outside mirrors (S)
Power remote-controlled outside mirrors (S)
Automatic on/off headlights (S)
Fog lights (S)
LED headlights (S)
LED taillights (S)
Room lamp (S)
Leather-appointed seating (S)
Adaptive Cruise Control (S)
City Emergency Braking (S)
Curtain airbag for front passenger (S)
Curtain airbags for rear seats (S)
Driver alertness detection (S)
Driver and front passenger seat belt reminder (S)
Driver and front passenger seats belt pretensioners (S)
Driver-only knee airbag (S)
Electronic speed control (S)
Front airbags for dirver and passenger (S)
Front and rear parking sensors (S)
Front and rear seats belt load limiters (S)
Immobilizer, anti-theft alarm, central locking (S)
Isofix on rear seats (S)
Passenger airbag cut-off switch (S)
Rear seats belt pretensioners (O)
Side chest airbags for dirver and passenger (S)
Side chest airbags for rear seats (O)
Side head airbags for dirver and passenger (S)
Speed assist (O)
Tire pressure monitoring system (S)
8-inch touchscreen (S)
Bluetooth, MP3 (S)
Car-Net e-Remote app (S)
Dicover Pro radio and navigation system (S)
Keyless entry (O)
Keyless start (O)
Automatic climate control (S)
Parking heater/ventilation (S)
60/40 folding rear seats (S)
Leather (S)
Tilte and telescope adjustment (S)
Heated windscreen (S)
Panoramic sunroof (O)
Power windows front and rear (S)
Rain sensors (S)
Power-folding side mirrors with turning signal (S)
Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors (S)
Blue ambient lighting around the decorative trim (O)
Blue footwell illumination (O)
Door-sill tread plates illuminated in blue (O)
Dynamic cornering lights (O)
LED daytime running lights (S)
LED headlights (S)
LED reading lights (O)
LED rear lights (S)
Main beam assist (O)
Iridium Matrix / Dark Magnesium trim (S)
Leather gear knob (S)
Leather seats (O)
Merlin e-grey cloth seats (S)
Adjustable head restraints (S)
Anti-theft technology (S)
Brake assist (S)
Collapsible steering column (S)
Cruise control (S)
Electronic parking break (S)
Four-wheel ABS (S)
Hill Start Assist (S)
Immobilizer (S)
LATCH child seat attachment system (S)
OnStar with 4G LTE (3 years free) (S)
Rollover sensing system (S)
Seat belt pretensioners in the front seats (S)
StabiliTrak stability control (S)
10 x standard airbags (S)
Standard electronic brakeforce distribution (S)
Three-point safety belts in all four seats (S)
Traction control (S)
7-inch LCD display (S)
Bluetooth capability (S)
Built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (S)
Chevrolet MyLink, USB port, auxiliary input jack (S)
Push-button start (S)
Remote keyless entry (S)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio (three-month trial period) (S)
SiriusXM Satellite Radio (three-month trial period) (S)
6 x speakers (S)
Remote start/cabin pre-conditioning (S)
Heated front seats (O)
Leather-wrapped (O)
Steering wheel-mounted controls (S)
Power locks and windows (S)
Fabric (S)
Leatherette (O)
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