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BMW i4 vs Tesla model 3: differences, specs, etc.

BMW i4 vs Tesla model 3: differences, specs, etc.

BMW i4 vs. Tesla Model 3 at BMW West Island.

Now that German manufacturers have also thrown their hats into the electric car ring, competition is fierce against Tesla vehicles! Today, your BMW Canada dealership compares the BMW i4 vs Tesla model 3 for you.

BMW i4 vs Tesla Model 3: Technical Specifications

Different Available Trims

With both manufacturers, the different trims are divided according to powertrain or performance. Here are the trims you will find with the i4 vs Model 3:

BMW i4 Tesla Model 3
Long Range
Front 3/4 view of the 2023 BMW i4 parked in the driveway of a house.

Powertrain and Performance

Just like the Tesla sedan, the electric BMW will allow you to take full advantage of the instant torque offered by electric cars, although it will provide you with even more power. Numbers speak for themselves:

  Trim Battery Power/Torque
BMW i4 eDrive35 66 kWh 281 horsepower/ 295 lb-ft.
eDrive40 83.9 kWh 335 horsepower/ 317 lb-ft.
M50 83.9 kWh 536 horsepower/ 586 lb-ft.
Tesla Model 3 Base 50 kWh 256 horsepower/ 307 lb-ft.
Long Range 75 kWh 393 horsepower/ 376 lb-ft.
Performance 75 kWh 430 horsepower/ 471 lb-ft.
Front view of the 2023 BMW i4 being driven on a cobblestone.

The range offered by the i4 reaches 484 km with the eDrive40 or 435 km with the i4 M, which are generous numbers. The entry-level model has a smaller battery and an electric range of 418 km. The Tesla Model 3 offers a 438 km range for the base version and the electric range reaches up to 576 km. To find out more, take a look at our electric car guide!

The open trunk of the 2023 BMW i4 with the seats folded down.


When it comes to dimensions, here is how the 2023 BMW i4 vs 2023 Tesla Model 3 compare:

  BMW i4 Tesla Model 3
Length 4,782 mm 4,694 mm
Width 1,851 mm 1,933 mm
Height 1,447 mm 1,443 mm
Wheelbase 2,865 mm 2,875 mm

As you can see, the BMW is a little bit longer and higher, while the Tesla is lower and wider. Another detail: the German sedan has folding seats that will allow you to stow up to 1,290 liters of cargo, which is something the Tesla does not offer.

Tesla and BMW Technologies on Board

Added Technologies

Technologies are really quite different for both. When it comes to the Tesla, you will have a large 15- inch screen in the center that looks like a tablet. With BMW, it is a curved screen that links a 14.9- inch infotainment system and a 12.3- inch instrumentation. Both offer:

  • Integrated navigation
  • A Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Remote updates

The BMW sedan, however, stands out by offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well as Alexa voice assistant, while the Tesla will provide you with 4 USB ports and a cellphone docking station.

Safety Features and Driver Assist Technologies

On both models, you will have access to a complete package of driver assist technologies, including:

  • Cruise control
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Front collision alert
  • And much more.

Both also offer a semi-autonomous driving function with the Driving Assistant Professional with BMW or the Autopilot with Tesla. They are both specially designed to ensure that you reach your destination safely.

BMW i4 front interior including curved screen.

i4 vs Model 3: Esthetic Differences

In both cases, you cannot go wrong: both makes have a very singular personality! With BMW, the silhouette is athletic and aggressive, and the emblematic front fascia is easily recognizable. With Tesla, the design is streamlined and more rounded.

Tesla is more minimalist also when it comes to body colors and only offers 5. As for the interior, it is either fully black or black and white. With the i4 Gran Coupe, you will have the choice between 12 different body colors. As for the interior, you can opt for:

  • Black and Red
  • Fjord Blue
  • Ivory White
  • Tacora Red
  • And much more!

Moreover, a leather-like SensaTec fabric, or Merino or Vernasca leathers are available depending on your desired level of luxury, just like with genuine wood or carbon fiber trims. In short, the BMW is more traditional but of much higher quality!

The front seats of the 2023 BMW i4.

BMW i4 vs Tesla Model 3: Prices

The price for the electric Tesla begins at $ 59,990 with the Base trim and reaches $ 82,000 $ with the Performance trim. Prices are slightly lower with the BMW i4, which sells from $ 58,142 to $ 80,652.


When you take into account all that the 2023 BMW i4 offers, it is definitely the best choice out of the two, even when taking into consideration the greater range offered by Tesla.

Get behind the wheel of your future vehicle at BMW West Island in Montreal, your dealership close to Laval. Thanks to BMW financing and government incentives, purchasing an electric car is easier than ever!

BMW i4 vs Tesla model 3: At a glance

Here are how the BMW i4 vs Tesla Model 3 compare, at a glance:

Features BMW i4 Tesla Model 3
Trims and Prices eDrive35: $ 58,145
eDrive40: $ 65,542
M50 xDrive: $ 80,652
Base: $ 59,990
Long Range: NA
Performance: $ 82,000
Battery 66 kWh or 83.9 kWh 50 kWh or 75 kWh
Power/Torque eDrive35
281 horsepower/295 lb-ft.
335 horsepower/317 lb-ft.
M50 xDrive
536 horsepower/586 lb-ft.
256 horsepower/307 lb-ft.
Long Range
393 horsepower/376 lb-ft.
430 horsepower/471 lb-ft.
Range 418 km to 484 km 438 km to 576 km
Rear view of the 2023 BMW i4 driving on a road.

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