Mitsubishi i-MiEV  vs BMW 6 Series Gran 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE

  • $32k
  • 16 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 112 city 99 hwy
The braking feels pretty good overall, but not as natural as the Leaf's, which itself doesn't quite match a regular car.
by cars.com (May, 2012)
VS

BMW 6 Series Gran 650i xDrive

  • $92k
  • 4.4L V8
  • 16 city 24 hwy
Even a base V6-powered 640i Coupe is highly equipped with a leather and wood interior, xenon headlights, navigation system with 10.2-inch display, dynamic cruise control and rearview camera.
by KBB (May, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of SE vs 650i xDrive

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

EPA greenhouse gas score

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of i-MiEV vs 6 Series Gran

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE

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Much higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 10 vs 3 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Far better EPA smog score 10 vs 6 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Saves on fuel $592 vs $2,892 4.9x cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Much cheaper annual cost $6,987 vs $21,272 3x less expensive per year
Much lower MSRP $32k vs $92k 2.9x cheaper sticker price
Runs on electricity Yes vs No EVs have zero tailpipe emissions
Much higher EPA highway mileage 99 MPGe vs 24 MPG Around 4.2x better on the interstate
Much higher EPA city mileage 112 MPGe vs 16 MPG 7x better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
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Reasons to consider the
BMW 6 Series Gran 650i xDrive

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Significantly better highway driving range 444 miles vs 54 miles Around 8.2x further range on the interstate
Significantly better city driving range 296 miles vs 68 miles More than 4.2x further in the city

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$31,975 4¢/mile Mitsubishi i-MiEV
BMW 6 Series Gran $91,900 19.7¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
 
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Mitsubishi i-MiEV BMW 6 Series Gran
Price $6,395 ($31,975) $18,380 ($91,900)
Fuel $593 (24 MWh) $2,948 (3,984 gallons)
City 112 MPGe 16 MPG
Highway 99 MPGe 24 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

i-MiEV  vs 6 Series Gran 

7.1
7.9
The 6 Series Convertible, likewise, is an elegant tourer with the top down, but to our eyes doesn't quite have the visual balance of the Coupe.
6 Series Gran 650i xDrive

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

i-MiEV  vs
6 Series Gran 
Brand Mitsubishi BMW
Model year 2012 2014
City range 68 miles 296 miles
Highway range 54 miles 444 miles
MSRP $32k $92k
Annual cost $6,987 $21,272

power & handling

Max torque 133 ft-lb 480 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM
Max HP 66 HP 445 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 37.08 lb/hp 10.35 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 29.5 feet 39.2 feet

stereo & entertainment

Speakers 6 16
Wattage 360 600
Auxiliary input Yes No
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A

features

Front A/C Standard N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Navigation system Optional N/A, 12 GB
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

emissions

i-MiEV  vs
6 Series Gran 
EPA smog score 10 6
EPA GHG score 10 3

engine & drivetrain

Fuel
Plug-in EV
Gas
Gearing type Continuously-variable Traditional
Transmission Automatic 2WD 8-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension 3-link de Dion Multi link
Front brakes 10.1 in Ventilated Disc 14.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 8 in Drum 13.58 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 145 245
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 40

safety features

Airbags
Driver
Knee
Side
Passenger
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard

physical dimensions

Width 58.1 in 74.6 in
Front track width 51.6 in 63.2 in
Height 63.4 in 54.8 in
Ground clearance 5.9 in 5 in
Length 136.8 in 197.2 in
Wheelbase 100.4 in 116.9 in
Curb weight 2,447 lb 4,605 lb
Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE
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