2019 BMW i3 vs. 2019 Hyundai Nexo

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the i3 and the Nexo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and front parking sensors.

Warranty

The i3’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Nexo’s (12 vs. 7 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the i3 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Nexo.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 2 places higher in reliability than Hyundai.

Engine

The i3 REx’s standard electric motor produces 9 more horsepower (170 vs. 161) than the Nexo’s electric motor. The i3s REx’s standard electric motor produces 20 more horsepower (181 vs. 161) than the Nexo’s electric motor. The i3s’ standard electric motor produces 23 more horsepower (184 vs. 161) than the Nexo’s electric motor.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the i3 gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo (124 city/102 hwy vs. 65 city/58 hwy MPGe).

Brakes and Stopping

The i3’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Nexo are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i3 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Nexo. The i3’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Nexo Limited.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the i3’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (32.4 feet vs. 36.7 feet). The i3s’ turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Nexo’s (33.8 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Chassis

The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1050 pounds less than the Hyundai Nexo.

The i3s is 2 feet, 1.8 inches shorter than the Nexo, making the i3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Hyundai. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 43% lower rating, Hyundai is ranked 22nd.

Ergonomics

The i3’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Nexo’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The i3’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Nexo’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The i3 has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Nexo has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW i3, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW i3 outsold the Hyundai Nexo by almost 765 to one during 2018.

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