In an effort to put the cost of a new car on a par with its older sibling, we’ve decided to give a fair assessment of the value of every car on the market right now.
It’s an easy task, and we’ve gone ahead and done it in the hopes of making a more fair comparison.
The new Nissan LEAF and BMW i3, both of which were unveiled in November, are the most recent high-profile new cars to hit the market, both featuring all-new technologies and styling, and each with their own respective market share figures.
But before we get into those numbers, let’s take a look at what makes each car so special.
It’s worth noting that this is only a summary of the car’s performance in our tests, so if you’ve never driven one, we highly recommend checking out our comprehensive test notes.
The Nissan LEAVED has a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6, which produces 306kW at 5500rpm and 406Nm of torque.
It weighs 1,818kg, and the engine is paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, which is good for a top speed of 210km/h (124mph).
The Nissan i3 uses a 4.0-litres twin-turbo V6 producing 258kW and 425Nm, and it also has a 5,000rpm top speed, though that’s down from a peak of 310km/g (185mph) with the previous model.
It has a six speed manual gear box and is paired with a sixspeeds dual-clutch transmission, which offers a peak torque of 523Nm.
Both of the cars are powered by an all-wheel drive system, which means the i3 and LEAVE can be driven in both manual and automatic modes.
In manual mode, the car can be steered using a steering wheel mounted in the front, while in automatic mode, it can be controlled by a pair of pedals located behind the driver.
The BMW i5, meanwhile, has a 2.0L V6 with a 305kW powerplant and 468Nm torque.
The car is powered by a 6-speed automatic transmission, and has a top-speed of 230km/s (117mph) at 3,500rpm.
The wheels on both cars are aluminium, and there are also four LED daytime running lights that are integrated into the rear quarter panels.
The car has a 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds, which puts it in a league of its own when compared to the Nissan LEVED, BMW i4, and Audi RS4.
It also has an optional rear-mounted rear spoiler.
Both the LEAVEN and i3 use a 3D-printed carbon fibre chassis, and a new composite composite body shell, which allows for the car to be made lighter and more fuel-efficient.
The i3 features a fully carbon-fibre body and a carbon fibre rear wing, while the LEVEN has a carbon fiber front wing and a lightweight aluminium rear wing.
Both are equipped with a 6.0 litre V8, which generates 472kW, and 489Nm at 5,500kW.
The powerplant is paired in the same way as the previous generation LEAVES, but it also uses a 6 cylinder inline-six, which provides a maximum output of 596kW (with the turbocharger removed).
It is paired on a twin-clamp transmission, though there is a 6speed manual transmission option available for the i5 and i5s.
The LEAVEL and i4 also feature a new, rear-drive gearbox.
The new gearbox is a two-piston design that is capable of up to a maximum torque of 530Nm and a torque peak of 603Nm with its six-speeds six-wheel-drive system.
The steering is also upgraded, with a new six-pot steering wheel and paddle shifters.
Both cars are equipped in the all-Wheel Drive system, but the LEEVEL is powered solely by the rear axle and can be manually controlled via a pair towing arms.
The rear axle is paired via a rear differential, which can be used to shift gears, and is fitted with a steering rack, paddle shifter, and an allwheel drive assist.
The front axle is also paired via the rear differential and is capable for up to 6,200km/kg (3,828lb/ft) of torque at 3.8 seconds.
Both the LEVEN and i2 can also be operated in manual mode.
The latest model of the LEAF features a new 3D printed carbon fibre body, and carbon fibre brakes.
It is powered through a twin turbocharged 2.5-litresh V8 that produces 385kW with a top power of 370Nm