BMW i4 M50
RRP from EUR 70,800, savings of up to EUR 13,993
Tesla Model 3 Performance
RRP from EUR 59,560, savings of up to EUR 9,570
The completely new iDrive generation with a large, curved double display draws attention to itself, while the rest of the interior is as usual finely made and particularly accurately processed – but it really knocks nobody’s socks off.
Radically reduced cockpit in the Tesla
The ultra-modern ambience is reinforced by the glass roof, which, interrupted by two bars, stretches from the bonnet to the rear and does not require an awning. No drawback, even in strong sunlight, the view of the sky remains as pleasant as with a good Ray-Ban. In addition, the dome ensures a better all-round view and a more pleasant feeling of space.
Engine design in front
performance in front
Rear engine design
overall peak performance
test car tires
Range (WLTP combined)*
Consumption (WLTP combined)*
Battery capacity gross/net
Charging power AC/DC
trailer load used/unused
Length Width Height
Test car price (is evaluated)
rear right (CCS), mechanical
rear left (CCS), electric
There is more variability at BMW
The better variability (large tailgate, rear seat that can be divided into three parts), the higher payload (460 to only 377 kg) and the possibility of lifting 1.6 tons also speak in favor of the i4. Speaking of speaking: “Hello, BMW?” As usual, the nice digital lady answers. However, the eighth iDrive generation has a few changes in store. The climate control unit has broken down into bits and bytes. Touch, voice or controller inputs now command ventilation and Co.
The iDrive has become more complicated
The computer confirms spoken instructions almost in real time on the display, so that the user can see that the communication is working. The command is enough to set the goal: “Drive me to Musterhausen!” And after three seconds is the navigation active, no confirmation necessary – great!
Quarter mile (402.34 m)
Weight distribution v./h.
Turning circle left/right
from 100 km/h cold
from 100 km/h warm/from 200 km/h
at 50 km/h
at 130/160 km/h
Average of the 155 km test lap (deviation from the WLTP specification)
There are no buttons in the Tesla even for adjusting the mirror and steering wheel or opening the glove compartment, these things also work by voice and in connection with the scroll buttons in the steering wheel. However, the central brain does not understand commands such as “I’m hungry”, but the BMW does.
But we miss even more in the Tesla Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. And a speedometer behind the wheel. Especially at night, the view of the dark nothingness can be irritating. The only pace indicator: a small field in the top left of the display. No good solution. Incidentally, we are not the only ones who think this is why several tech companies are retrofittingdisplay offer. You can see how the two Stromers drive in the picture gallery.