BMW i4 Review

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Price: £53,480 - £65,795



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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)

  • BMW i4 luggage space, seats down, black and beige interior
  • 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・ Published: 2/06/2021・Updated: 2/08/2022

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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Starting at over £53,000, this is at the premium end of electric saloon cars. But the experience justifies it.

  • Price:£53,480 - £65,795
  • Full charge cost (approx. – based on home charging):£13.50
  • Company car tax:2% (2022-25)
  • Insurance group:35- 43
  • Warranty:3 years/unlimited miles
  • Battery:8 years/100,000 miles


Make no mistake, this isn’t a bargain. BMW has always been a premium brand, and that remains so in the electric car market. But as is so often the case in life, you get what you pay for, and while i4 prices start above fifty grand, you’re getting a car that – whisper it – we prefer to the Tesla Model 3.

Trim levels are kept pretty simple and so far, there are just two powertrains to choose from, both using the same stocky battery with over 300 miles of claimed range apiece. Things kick off with the eDrive 40 Sport at £53,480, with another £1,500 securing the M Sport package so many buyers can’t resist – it brings more assertive styling, 18in alloys and leather seats. The full M experience starts with the £65,795 i4 M50.

BMW is a little stingier with the options than some rivals – namely those from Korea, like the packed-with-kit Kia EV6 – but it makes adding options easy by rounding them into Comfort and Technology packs. Though that does mean you end up having to pay over £1,000 if you simply want a heated steering wheel (always handy on a frosty morning…).

Running Costs

A big battery means slightly longer charging times (and thus bigger charging costs) than rivals with smaller setups, so you’re into double figures for a charge – around £13.50 for a complete top up at home, or roughly £12 to boost yourself up to 80 per cent with a public charger. But it’s worth remembering a lot of i4 buyers won’t be cross-shopping with other EVs; they’ll be giving up their beloved petrol BMW sports saloon. And next to those, this is fantastic value. Covering 300 miles in a BMW M340i, for instance, will cost around £60. An M3 will be even more.The i4’s insurance groups are high, but about on par with their internal combustion equivalents, while its three-year main and eight-year battery warranties are right on par for the class it operates in.

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