2020 BMW i3 vs. 2020 Hyundai Nexo

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Safety

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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 and available crash mitigating brakes.

Warranty

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

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The i3’s standard electric motor produces 9 more horsepower (170 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

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On the EPA test cycle the i3 gets better fuel mileage than the Nexo:

MPGe

i3

Electric Motor

124 city/102 hwy

s Electric Motor

124 city/102 hwy

REx Electric Motor

107 city/93 hwy

s REx Electric Motor

107 city/93 hwy

Nexo

MPGe

Blue Electric Motor

65 city/58 hwy

Limited Electric motor

59 city/54 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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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

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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

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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

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The BMW i3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 to 1000 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.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the i3, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Nexo doesn’t offer a memory system.

If the windows are left open on the i3 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Nexo can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the i3 has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Nexo doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The i3’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to 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

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

The BMW i3 outsold the Hyundai Nexo by over 18 to one during 2019.

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