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BMW i4 (2022): new electric BMW with up to 544 hp and all-wheel drive

● BMW i4 is based on the 4 Series Gran Coupé
● Operating System 8 for the latest connectivity
● Prices start at less than 60,000 euros

Prices: BMW i4 starts under 60,000 euros

With the i4, BMW is bringing its first electric sedan onto the market – in the usual sporty design, with the interior of the electric SUV iX including a large curved display and a range of up to 590 kilometers.

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The new BMW has been available to order since November 2021. Prices start at 59,200 euros for the base, the 544 hp i4 M50 is available from 88,420 euros. However, the subsidy premium for electric cars still depends on this.

Buy: BMW i4 can already be ordered with high discounts

The BMW i4 has been available to order since November 2021. The new car comparison portal carwow.de (cooperation partner of AUTO BILD) already has it on offer at a discount. At BMW, the prices before deduction of the current purchase premium for electric cars start at 59,200 euros, at carwow.de you can currently save up to 13,672 euros (as of March 11, 2022). The environmental premium is already included here.

Appearance: The BMW i4 is an electric 4 Series Gran Coupé

BMW’s promise to stay as close as possible to the Concept i4 study with the series model can be described as kept. The huge, closed double kidney has survived the leap into series production, as has the basic design of the aprons and the type of airflow. As expected, the car is otherwise based on the 4 Series Gran Coupé. The overhang at the front is slightly longer than in the study, but the production version retains the short rear overhang of the show car.
BMW i4 M50

At the rear, the direct relationship with the conventional 4 Series is immediately recognizable.

At the rear, the i4 shows the diffuser inserts known from iX3 and iX in a new interpretation. There is also an M variant right from the start, which stands out with sportier aprons, an adaptive M chassis, variable sports steering, M sports brakes and up to 20-inch wheels.

The electric car comes with an optional trailer hitch

The center of gravity of the BMW i4 is 53 millimeters lower than that of the 3 Series – but with an unladen weight of 2050 kilograms, the i4 is also significantly heavier. Interestingly, the sedan has an electrically retractable trailer hitch. Unlike other electric cars, the BMW can actually pull something: it has a towing capacity of up to 1.6 tons.

The dimensions at a glance:

● Length: 4785mm
● Width: 1852mm
● Height: 1448mm
● Wheelbase: 2856mm
● Trunk: 470-1290 l
● Trailer load: max. 1600 kg

Interior: The seating position leaves a lot to be desired

The interior comes up with a surprise when you try the seat. Anyone who expects BMW to give the i4 a completely independent cockpit is wrong: the electric four makes a quite conventional impression. Absolutely positive, because the usability of modern mid-range cars from Munich is simply excellent. Buttons where you need them and still modern infotainment.

The highlight in the i4 cockpit is the large, curved display unit, which replaces the conventional screens from well-known BMW models and creates a link to the big brother iX. The two screens (10.4 inches and 14.7 inches) clearly display instruments and infotainment content. The displays of the OS 8 are new and allow customization using graphic tiles.

BMW i4 M50

The battery in the floor and the coupé-like shape of the roof demand their place. Tall people feel cramped in the i4.

Regarding the traditional values: Since our photo vehicle is the sporty top version i4 M50, the rest of the interior is sporty. The thickly padded sports steering wheel and the sports seats feel like the M model. It is all the more irritating that tall people over 1.95 meters run the risk of bumping into the headliner when sitting up straight – the seating position is not nearly as low as in conventional BMWs. The battery in the floor has a negative impact here, and the i4 does not meet the demands of the Tesla Model 3 opponent in terms of space.

The same game on the back seat. People of average height should also be satisfied here on medium-haul routes, but with a height of 1.95 meters AUTO BILD editor Peter Fischer is forced into a hunched posture. In addition, there is the cardan tunnel, which cannot turn the feeling of space into a positive one.

Driving: The i4 is a car with travel qualities

Fire free in the new BMW i4 M50 with 795 Newton meters of torque and 544 hp! Right foot down means: forward! And properly. It’s that easy to reach 100 km/h in less than four (!) seconds, that’s how easy it is for the 2.3-tonne four-door car to run into the invisible (electronically limited) 225 km/h wall. Also excellent: the car is extremely quiet; only at speeds over 200 km/h does the wind rush seriously around the columns. At most, a basic grumbling from the wheel arches proves that 255 tires in 20-inch format are rolling off here.

BMW i4 M50

On the first drive, the BMW i4 M50 proves to be a powerful travel companion.

BMW has created a special sound experience especially for the i4 M50. In Sport mode, for example, the sound emitted by the loudspeakers accompanies the movements of the gas pedal in a particularly full-bodied and grumpy manner – even during load changes or when coasting. A potent combustion engine could hardly be more present.

The power development of the two electric motors is typical of an e-car and befitting a BMW: absolutely seamless, pleasantly closely and directly connected to the accelerator pedal, bestial if desired, and depending on the feeling in the right foot also suitably gentle and finely dosed. The i4 with rear-wheel drive is primarily on the road. Only a stronger pull on the chain causes the electronics to manage the forces more diversely.

The BMW i4 is not quite perfect

As a result, the BMW i4 delivers first-class connectivity with the road – always, everywhere and unwaveringly. However, he doesn’t do his job perfectly. The driving experience feels exciting, but always artificial. The steering should return more fully, the car should run less frightened over ruts, and it should also be possible to steer it with your fingertips. Narrow streets, curvy course, bumpy surface – then please keep it tense.

Summary of Jan Horn: The BMW i4 M50 is not the precise racing machine despite the 544 hp. Rather the massive bolide with fine travel qualities. BMW also designed the electrical part excellently, but slightly exaggerated the operating concept.

Equipment: Sports seats and the matching steering wheel are standard in the BMW i4

The BMW i4 should combine sportiness and comfort, so acoustic glazing, sports seats and a sports steering wheel are standard equipment. As is typical of an electric car, the vehicle can also be heated before driving or cooled down using the air conditioning system. Unfortunately, seat heating and ventilation are subject to a surcharge, as is the glass sunroof or laser light. There are various optional measures to make the car appear sportier, such as the M Carbon exterior package or M Performance Parts.
BMW i4 M50

The highlight in the BMW i4 cockpit is the curved display.

Among the assistance systems – around 40 in total – are a front collision warning, traffic sign recognition, a lane departure warning and parking beeper as well as a reversing camera on board as standard. Partially autonomous driving is also possible for a surcharge. This happens through the interaction of a wide variety of electronic helpers – including active cruise control and the steering and lane guidance assistant.

Technical data: BMW i4 achieves a range of up to 590 kilometers

BMW offers the i4 in two engine variants. The battery is the same for both: The gross energy content of the battery is 83.9 kWh, net it is 81.5 kWh. The weaker model, the i4 eDrive40, is powered by an electric motor on the rear axle – which delivers 250 kW (340 hp) and 430 Nm of torque and accelerates the car from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The range is 590 kilometers according to WLTP.
BMW i4 eDrive40

The basic version comes with rear-wheel drive, while the M50 has two electric motors driving all four wheels.

With the more powerful i4 M50, the radius of action is naturally somewhat smaller, and the power is sufficient for a maximum of 521 kilometers. The car then comes with one electric motor per axle; the bottom line is that the system achieves 400 kW (544 hp) and 795 Nm (in boost mode). The top model does the sprint to country road speed correspondingly faster (3.9 seconds).

The battery can be charged with up to 200 kW. At a fast charging station, it only takes ten minutes to charge a range of 164 kilometers for the eDrive40 or 140 kilometers for the M50.

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