2019 Fiat 500e vs. 2019 BMW i3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 500e has standard Reactive Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Reactive Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The i3 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 500e and the i3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

Fiat’s powertrain warranty covers the 500e 4 years and 50,000 miles longer than BMW covers the i3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the i3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 22 percent more Fiat dealers than there are BMW dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the 500e’s warranty.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 500e has larger tires than the i3 (185/55R15 vs. 155/70R19). The 500e’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the i3 (185/55R15 vs. 175/55R20).

The 500e’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the i3’s standard 70 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 500e has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the 500e flat and controlled during cornering. The i3’s suspension doesn’t offer a stabilizer bar

For better maneuverability, the 500e’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the i3’s (31.3 feet vs. 32.4 feet). The 500e’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the i3s’ (31.3 feet vs. 33.8 feet).

Chassis

The 500e is 1 foot, 3.7 inches shorter than the i3, making the 500e easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 500e is 6.1 inches narrower on average than the i3, making the 500e easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 500e is quieter than the i3:

 

500e

i3

At idle

34 dB

41 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

67 dB

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