BMW vs. Tesla: Who Offers The Best Electric Vehicle?

May 6, 2022
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For a long time, electric cars have been in talks. Fortunately, today we are here, comparing one of the best electric vehicle manufacturing brands – Tesla and BMW. Indeed it was hard for us to make such a comparison as Tesla is a renowned brand in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, and BMW has been making combustion for decades. Still, it was fun doing it, as, of course, electric cars are our future.

We have compared Tesla and BMW on various aspects below. Stick to this blog till the end for details and a conclusion.

Tesla vs. BMW: Which one is the best?

BMW and Tesla are compared based on the following:

  • Brands & Their Variations
  • Car Design
  • Dimensions
  • Battery, Its Range & Charging Life
  • Performance

1. Brands & Their Variations

When it comes to electric cars, the first name which comes to mind is Tesla. However, this fact must include the excellence of BMW in the vehicle industry, which makes it a perfect competitor to Tesla.

BMW has two options: the entry-level e Drive40 and the faster one, the M50. At the same time, Tesla has four electric car variations: Model S, Model X, Model Y, and Model 3. Therefore, Tesla allows you to choose from a wider range than BMW. Although, you cannot judge a brand by the number of its variations. It is a general difference between Tesla & BMW.

2. Car Design

As design matters, let’s keep mileage, power, and other things aside. If you notice, there is a cultural gap between both the brands’ cars. You may prefer one over the other as your choice, but technically there could be no right or wrong in design and styling.

BMW being BMW has a similar design to its four series. Especially if untrained eyes will see the BMW i4, they won’t feel the difference. A long curved screen stretches the dash. Also, it lacks buttons which makes it futuristic and feel minimalistic. It maintains its design and style not to upset its fans. Moreover, the interiors are equally plusher and have a lot of soft leather.

On the other side, Tesla has a different approach to styling with the steep front, which gradually rises to the end. The interiors are made considering the comfort and status of the buyer, making them quite spacious and luxurious.

3. Dimensions

Usually, people do not consider dimensions an essential factor for decision-making, but it could be an important aspect for some. So here we go. Tesla and BMW are similar in length, width, and height. For illustration, we have compared the dimensions of the BMW i4 and Tesla Model 3.

BMW i4 has L – 4783mm, W – 1852mm, and H- 1448mm. Tesla Model 3 has L- 4693, W- 2087, and H- 1443mm. Still, if one notices, BMW has a higher front and back. On the other hand, Tesla feels airier, all thanks to the glass roof that opens back to the trunk. Also, Tesla offers much space in the center console and the trunk. Although many people are unhappy with the opening size, it is still a pretty spacious car in that range.

4. Battery, Range & Charging Life

Now are considered one of the most critical factors when reviewing famous brands’ two best electric cars. Unfortunately, Tesla doesn’t reveal its battery information officially, so we do not have specific knowledge. Moreover, it does not follow the model or year cycles. It comes up with improvements every time it enters the market with a new product. However, the Long Range Model 3 has a 75kWh battery which can go 250 miles in real life.

On the other hand, BMW eDrive40 has 80.7kWh, but that does not make a significant difference. Both cars can cover 300 miles in reality. A bit less in winter and a little more in summer. In terms of pick-up and speed, Tesla wins by a small margin. It is noticed, got reviewed, and estimated practically that Tesla is more efficient and utilizes more energy from its battery pack. Also, you get unrestricted access to the Supercharger network with Tesla.

Battery, Range & Charging Life

5. Performance

Let’s talk about something interesting now! Tesla entry-level Model 3 can go out of the way with 239kW of power that will do 0-60mph within 6.1 seconds. And the Long Range Model 3 can hit 62mph within 4.4 seconds.

Indeed BMW can easily beat the entry-level Model 3 with its 250kW power that takes 5.7 seconds to hit 62mph. So it is too hard to win the Long Range Model 3. However, remember that German manufacturers tend to under-promise and over-deliver. Thus, there would be no significant difference in performance.


If we talk about the numbers, Tesla wins the game as it is more efficient, faster, has a bit more range, better charging, more internal space, and, of course, the Supercharger network. Yet not all car buyers get convinced by the numbers. Some may always prefer a cabin feel and the familiarity of being in a premium German brand.

The conclusion of Tesla vs. BMW is simple, if numbers impact your decision, go for Tesla, or otherwise, going with BMW is again a fair deal.