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BMW i4 Compact Executive Electric Sedan

MSRP 58300 EURNEX score 82%

Product Overview

BMW i4 is a fully electric sedan based on the company's CLAR platform. It shares much of the design elements with the G26 4 Series Gran Coupe.
At launch, the i4 is available with two drivetrain options, including a 544hp dual-motor M50 version that accelerates to 100km/h from a standing still in 3.9 seconds. The lesser, RWD i4 eDrive40 in turn boasts an electric range of up to 590km and a coefficient of drag of just 0.24.
Apart from these EV-only characteristics, the i4 is largely a mirror image of the ICE-powered G26 Gran Coupe. It was even unveiled a week before the latter. Some of the feature highlights include a large 12.3-inch information display and a 14.9-inch control display operating BMW's new iDrive system, a large set of driver assistance functions, and the extensive use of recyclable or recycled materials.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful electric motor
  • Impressive range
  • Excellent infotainment tech
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 82% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent range
  • Excellent handling
  • Impressive range
  • Comfortable ride
  • Powerful VDC
Cons
  • Lack of rear-wheel-drive capability
  • Not quite as powerful as the M3 Competition
  • More expensive than iX
  • No mechanical limited-slip differential
  • Lateral weight transfer in corners
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Specifications

Variants:
EDrive40
M50

Capacity

Cargo Capacity
470 ~ 1290 L
EDrive40Payload
555 kg
M50Payload
520 kg

Chassis

Brakes | Front
Vented discs 4-piston
Brakes | Rear
single-piston
Chassis Type
Unibody
Power Steering
Electric (EPS) with Servotronic function, optional sport steering
Steering Ratio
16.8
Suspension | Front
Double-joint spring strut
Suspension | Rear
Multi-link
EDrive40Tire Size
225/55 R17 101Y XL
M50Tire Size
245/45 R18 100Y XL front / 255/45 R18 103Y XL rear
Turning Circle
12.5 m
EDrive40Weight Distribution
45.1% front / 54.9% rear
M50Weight Distribution
48.1% front / 51.9% rear

Construction

Battery | Capacity
80.7 kWh
Body Style
Sedan / Gran Coupe / Electric Vehicle
Platform
BMW CLAR platform

Dimensions

Ground Clearance
125 mm
Size | Height
1448 mm
Size | Length
4783 mm
Size | Width
1852 mm
Track Width | Front
1601 mm
Track Width | Rear
1630 mm
EDrive40Weight
2050 kg
M50Weight
2215 kg
EDrive40Wheel Size
7.5J x 17
M50Wheel Size
8.5J x 18 front / 9J x 18 rear
Wheelbase
2856 mm

Performance

EDrive40Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
5.7 sec
M50Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h
3.9 sec
EDrive40Coefficient Of Drag
0.24
M50Coefficient Of Drag
0.25
EDrive40Electric Range
590 km
M50Electric Range
520 km
EDrive40Top Speed
190 km/h
M50Top Speed
225 km/h

Powertrain

EDrive40Drivetrain Layout
RWD
M50Drivetrain Layout
AWD
EDrive40Engine | Power
340 hp @ 8000~17000 rpm
M50Engine | Power
544 hp (258 hp front + 313 hp rear) @ 8000~17000 rpm
EDrive40Engine | Torque
430 Nm @ 0~5000 rpm
Engine | Type
5th-gen BMW eDrive synchronous motor
Transmission | Type
Fixed ratio

Production

Availability
2021-11
Debut
2021-06-02
Made In
Germany

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following***:
The throttle calibration is sweetly balanced, mating excellent pedal weighting with a good degree of sensitivity. Despite the motors being asked to haul well over two tonnes, the i4 proves very rapid when dialled into Boost mode. Brake pedal feel is outstanding by electric car standards, with an impressive balance between regular and recuperative braking.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful four-wheel drive
  • Powerful electric motors
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • Lack of rear-wheel-drive capability

autoexpress[2]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
At £63,905, the i4 M50 is around £4,000 more expensive than the £12,000 i4 Performance. The i4 remains a strong package with a well-made cabin and blistering pace. But perhaps the cheaper eDrive40 model will be the pick of the pack.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful electric motor
  • Impressive range
  • Comfortable ride
Cons
  • No mechanical limited-slip differential

autoexpress[3]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following***:
The i4 appeals with astonishing steering precision and smooth handling, and despite the two-tonne weight there's relatively little body roll. The ultra-low centre of gravity comes into play here; it's actually 53mm lower than in the 3 Series. Despite the incredible rigidity that BMW's engineers have achieved, it's not quite as outstanding in this regard as the similarly powerful M3 Competition.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent range
  • Excellent handling
Cons
  • Not quite as powerful as the M3 Competition

carmagazine[4]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following***:
The i4 M50 is more powerful than an M4 – and certainly more muscular, with a stonking 586lb ft available instantly. The eDrive40 is still pretty sprightly – keeping toe-to-toe with a stock Tesla Model 3. BMW's nailed the ride quality here – treading the fine balance between cossetting comfort and sharp body control.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Impressive range
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons
  • Lack of e-motor is a little blunter

User Reviews

References

1. ^ BMW i4 review . [autocar]. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/bmw/i4. 2021-10-12. Retrieved 2021-12-21.
2. ^ New BMW i4 2021 review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/i4/355151/new-bmw-i4-2021-review. 2021-10-12. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
3. ^ New BMW i4 prototype review. [autoexpress]. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/i4/355151/new-bmw-i4-prototype-review. 2021-06-01. Retrieved 2021-07-10.
4. ^ BMW i4 (2021) review: every base covered. [carmagazine]. https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-reviews/bmw/i4-ev/. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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