BMW i4 Review

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Price: £53,480 - £65,795

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10/10

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  • Battery size: 80 kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 4.53
  • E-Rating™: A++

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  • Max charge rate: 200 kW
  • Range: 316-367 miles (WLTP)
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  • BMW i4 luggage space, seats down, black and beige interior
  • Electrifying.com E-Rating A++
  • BMW i4 interior, right hand drive
  • BMW i4 charging, close up, AC Type 2 cable
  • BMW i4  dashboard and infotainment screen, right hand drive
  • BMW i4 M50 rear tracking action
  • BMW i4 M50 front tracking action
  • BMW i4 M50 rear seats
Driven and reviewed by Electrifying.com・ Published: 2/06/2021・Updated: 21/09/2022

Ginny Says

“For decades the BMW 3-Series has been the first choice for company car drivers who like driving and want to keep their tax bill low. The i4 is set to be their new top choice.”

Tom Says

“A BMW with pure electric and proper range? Check. Looks utterly unassuming? Check. Fun to drive? Check. This one is interesting from the makers of the Ultimate Driving Machine.”

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BMW i4 M50 front tracking action

BMWs have always been the deftest, most satisfying cars to drive in their class, and there’s no change in the electric age. Phew!

  • 0-60mph:3.9 to 5.7 seconds
  • Top speed:118 to 139mph

Performance

You’ve currently got two models to choose from, the ‘regular’ i4 eDrive40, with a 335bhp motor and 5.7sec 0-60mph time, and the ‘sporty’ i4 M50, with dual motors for a 537bhp peak – more than the latest BMW M3 super saloon, believe it or not – and a supercar-esque 3.9sec sprint to 60mph. In truth they’re both focused on fun. It’s what BMW’s always done best, and it has dragged its trademark pep and dynamism into the electric age with seemingly little trouble indeed.

The brakes are a lot better than most electric cars, with more initial bite and a more natural feel than most rivals. It’s got a B mode to maximise regenerative braking, too, and uses a clever system to maximise the effect based on maps and radar. So it knows if there is a bend coming up or the cars in front are slowing down and makes sure it gets the maximum amount of power back.

Drive

It feels... very BMW. So the steering is positive and accurate, and the weight distribution is spot-on 50:50, so the car feels nicely poised when you inevitably fling it around a roundabout. It’s got that very BMW feeling of confidence.

There are three modes to choose from and you can tweak them to suit your taste, so you can have an Eco mode that still has full heating, for example. In fact the i4 – like a lot of these cars – seems to suit being a tiny bit more relaxed, The power is always there instantly, so there’s no need to get over-excited.

That’s not to say its not an exciting and rewarding car to drive. Far from it – this makes you feel far more in control and connected to the car than you do in most other electric rivals –especially SUVs. But it is so quiet and refined that it just makes you want to relax and take it easy to enjoy the tranquillity.

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