smart fortwo electric  vs BMW 6 Series Gran 

smart fortwo electric coupe

  • $25k
  • 13 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 122 city 93 hwy
That’s because the electric Smart’s drivetrain never changes gears; as a result, power delivery is perfectly smooth.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)
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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 coupe 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.

combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of fortwo electric 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
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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 $585 vs $2,892 4.9x cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Much cheaper annual cost $5,585 vs $21,272 3.8x less expensive per year
Much lower MSRP $25k vs $92k 3.7x cheaper sticker price
Runs on electricity Yes vs No EVs have zero tailpipe emissions
Much smaller annual carbon footprint 0 g vs 532 g 100% better combined CO2/mile
Much higher EPA city mileage 122 MPGe vs 16 MPG Around 7.8x better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Much higher EPA highway mileage 93 MPGe vs 24 MPG Around 4x better on the interstate
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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 59 miles More than 7.5x further range on the interstate
Significantly better city driving range 296 miles vs 76 miles Around 4x further in the city

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

$25,000 3.9¢/mile smart fortwo electric
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 smart fortwo electric 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
smart fortwo electric BMW 6 Series Gran
Price $5,000 ($25,000) $18,380 ($91,900)
Fuel $586 (24 MWh) $2,948 (3,984 gallons)
City 122 MPGe 16 MPG
Highway 93 MPGe 24 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

fortwo electric  vs 6 Series Gran 

3.5
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

fortwo electric  vs
6 Series Gran 
Brand smart BMW
Body style
Coupe
Sedan
Model year 2013 2014
City range 76 miles 296 miles
Highway range 59 miles 444 miles
MSRP $25k $92k
Annual cost $5,585 $21,272

power & handling

Max torque 96 ft-lb 480 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM
Max HP 74 HP 445 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 27.03 lb/hp 10.35 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 28.7 feet 39.2 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Has a speed sensitive volume No Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes No
AM/FM radio N/A Standard
CD player Optional Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A

features

Cruise control Optional, $300 Standard
Front A/C Standard N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof Standard N/A
Navigation system Optional, $1,290, 6.5 in N/A, 12 GB
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering N/A Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

emissions

fortwo electric  vs
6 Series Gran 
EPA smog score 10 6
EPA GHG score 10 3
Combined CO2/mile 0 g 532 g

engine & drivetrain

Air compressor None None
Fuel
Plug-in EV
Gas
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Continuously-variable Traditional
Transmission Automatic 2WD 8-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension DeDion axle, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers Multi link
Front brakes 11 in Disc 14.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 8 in Drum 13.58 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 155 245
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 19 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 60 40

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Airbags
Driver
Knee
Side
Passenger
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks N/A N/A
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 59.6 in 74.6 in
Front track width 50.51 in 63.2 in
Height 61 in 54.8 in
Ground clearance 5.2 in 5 in
Length 98.4 in 197.2 in
Wheelbase 73.5 in 116.9 in
Curb weight 2,000 lb 4,605 lb
GVWR 2,535 5,620
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 2 5
Front seat room 45 ft³ 56 ft³
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