As more carmakers release electric models, EV buyers have never had so much choice. One of the latest models is the BMW i4. What should you expect from this EV? Has the German automaker lived up to its name? Keep reading to find out.
The BMW is a five-door model that looks like the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, which it is based on. It has two bean-shaped grills on the front, above which the BMW logo rests.
Whichever i4 model you select, BMW says you can expect more than 300 miles between charges, making the car suitable for even longer trips and comparable to Tesla models. The eDrive40 Sport version yields 365 miles while the M sport offers 352 miles.
Charging the 80.7 kWh on a 7.4 kW charger takes around 13 hours but using a 100 kW public charger will take you from 10 percent battery to 80 percent. BMW offers you a free 12-month subscription on its Ionity charging network as a bonus.
The BMW i4 offers a single electric motor mounted on the rear axle on the eDrive40 version, producing 335 bhp and 430 Nm of torque. This is more than enough for everyday use as you can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. Speed is capped at 118 mph. But upgrading to the M50 nets you 469 bhp and 730 Nm of torque. 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.9 seconds, and top speed jumps to 139 mph.
The BMW i4 is rated for 1,600 kg if you need to tow.
The interior of the BMW i4 is just what you would expect from a high-end BMW. It is very similar in layout and finishing to the 4 Series Gran Coupe. You will find lots of soft-touch materials with brushed metal and carbon-fibre elements.
There are two displays on the dash, one for the instrument cluster while the other is a 14.9-inch touch-enabled screen where you control the settings. The i4 uses BMW’s latest iDrive operating system.
The seats are comfortable, although the occupant riding in the center of the back seat will be the least satisfied.
The cabin doesn’t feel cramped, even with the sloping roof. Cargo space in the boot is ample, offering 470 litres, more than what you get with the Tesla Model 3 or Polestar 2. You can even fold down the rear seats to create more space.
The BMW i4 offers many safety and driver-assist features, including the Driving Assistant package that uses both camera and radar, an optional Tech Plus pack that steps up the semi-autonomous functions and adds a heads-up display.
There is also a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty, while BMW offers an eight-years or 100,000 miles warranty on the battery.
The BMW i4 eDrive40 Premium starts at $56,350, while the Sport version starts at $59,450. The M50 Performance starts at $70,500.
BMW I4 M50 Review - Quicker 0-60mph than an M3 by Wowcar