Our Rating



  • Elegant Design

  • Swift acceleration

  • Premium interior


  • Compromised rear headroom

  • Uninspiring in the corners

  • Voice control system requires refinement


The wave of electrification is washing over the automotive sector, reshaping the contours of vehicular luxury and performance. BMW’s i4 is a beacon in this transformation, marrying the brand’s signature driving prowess with eco-friendly momentum. Designed for aficionados who yearn for the BMW hallmark of driving ecstasy while treading lightly on the planet, the i4 grapples with market giants like the Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, and Hyundai Ioniq 6.

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BMW’s i4 is no slouch in the speed department. Its array of power configurations caters to varying tastes – from the eco-conscious driver to the adrenaline junkie. The entry-level eDrive35 offers a peppy 282bhp motor, dashing from 0-62mph in a mere six seconds. The eDrive40 ups the ante with an 80.7 kWh battery and 335bhp, ticking off 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds. Yet, it’s the M50 model that dazzles most with its dual-motor configuration, capable of generating a jaw-dropping 537bhp. Nonetheless, purists might miss the visceral thrill typically associated with BMW’s combustion engines.

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Ride and handling

The i4 is your metropolitan companion. Its suspension system effortlessly smoothens out city bumps. Venture onto serpentine roads, and the i4’s bulk starts to weigh in, making twisty turns slightly less exhilarating than one would hope from a BMW. Its design seems to prioritize plushness over zest.

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On the inside, the i4 seamlessly blends the traditional BMW essence with modern nuances. Generous legroom in the front and a design reminiscent of classic BMW interiors meet the expectations of brand loyalists. The quality is palpable, with top-notch materials setting the tone. Yet, some may find the dual curved screens a tad underwhelming, especially in a space that’s otherwise reserved in its opulence. The rear, while suitable for short hops, could pose a squeeze for a trio of adults, but families will appreciate the thoughtful inclusion of ISOFIX points.

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Despite its svelte silhouette, the i4 surprises with a generous cargo hold. Offering 470 litres with seats up and a whopping 1,290 litres with them folded, the car demonstrates its versatility. The hatchback design proves especially handy, simplifying the cargo-loading chore.

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The BMW i4 strides confidently into the electric frontier, bringing with it the heritage of a storied brand. While it dazzles in many areas, it’s a gentle reminder that transitions are rarely flawless. For those eager to embrace the future while celebrating the past, the i4 might just be the chariot of choice.