BMW i4 Review 2023
BMW i4 At A Glance
BMW looked to be at the forefront of desirable electric cars way back in 2013/2014 when it launched the truly innovative BMW i3 and the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car. Things have all gone quiet since then – but now it's back, and it's very serious about attracting customers away from upstarts like Tesla and Polestar. Find out more in our BMW i4 review.
Alongside the love-it-or-loathe-it BMW iX – a slightly garish electric SUV that's attracting more than its fair share of flack online – you can now buy an electric version of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. It's badged the BMW i4 and we think it's one of the most desirable electric vehicles on sale today.
Aimed at the kind of buyer that would have traditionally bought a BMW 3 Series, the BMW i4 doesn't have a great deal in the way of direct competition. There's the extremely popular Tesla Model 3, of course, while you might also be considering it alongside electric SUV competitors like the Audi Q4 e-tron or Mercedes EQA.
There are two key BMW i4 models available: the entry-level eDrive40 (which is available in Sport or M Sport derivatives), or the flagship BMW i4 M50. We rate the BMW i4 eDrive40, which produces a healthy-enough 340PS and 430Nm of torque.
Perhaps more significantly, the BMW i4 eDrive40 can cover up to 367 miles between charges, while the M50 has a 316-mile range. Both these figures are impressive, while 200kW charging means you get a significant boost in range in just 20 minutes or so.
Electric cars don't tend to be cheap and, when you're considering one with a BMW badge on the bonnet, you're at the opposite end of the market to a Renault Zoe. The BMW i4 eDrive40 Sport starts at £51,905, while the M Sport version is £53,405. You'll pay nearly £64,000 for a BMW i4 M50.
Still, it's clear where your money goes. As well as being one of the most entertaining electric cars to drive, the BMW i4's interior is simply brilliant. It feels every bit worth the cash, while its new dual-screen infotainment setup is pure brilliance.
The BMW i4 scores highly for practicality, too. It has a bigger boot than most rivals, while you can squeeze a pair of adults in the back without too much discomfort.
As an electric all-rounder, we reckon the BMW i4 is impressive enough to tempt many buyers away from their traditional premium cars. Read our full review to find out whether it should be on your new car shortlist.