2022 BMW i4 eDrive40 review: Extra fun to drive, Lifestyle News

SINGAPORE – We had excessive expectations of the BMW i4 just because it’s an electrical, sedan-shaped BMW, and it delivers by not simply being additional fun to drive, but in addition very environment friendly, and competent the way in which different BMW electrical autos (EVs) have been.

To recap, the variety of EV sedans on sale right here may be counted on one hand: Audi e-tron GT, Tesla Model 3, Polestar 2, Porsche Taycan and now, the BMW i4.

In easy phrases, the i4 is the electrical model of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, simply because the iX3 is the electrical model of the X3 sport utility automobile (SUV). The 4GC launched in Singapore late final yr.

The i4’s official launch date for Singapore: March 25, 2022. The i4 eDrive40 rolled into Performance Motors’ showroom with a value of $311,888 inclusive of Certificate Of Entitlement (COE).

For those that actually care about driving, solely the i4 and Tesla Model 3, and the Porsche Taycan have rear-wheel drive variations, however the Taycan is clearly a step above in each measurement and value phrases, and the Tesla is quick and handles properly, but it surely’s nonetheless not a driver’s automobile.

That leaves the i4 as arguably probably the most driver-focused automobile within the electrical govt sedan section, at the least by BMW’s conventional rule of getting the rear wheels push the automobile and the entrance ones steer it. But the factor is that it’s merely a fantastic automobile all spherical — and never only a good electrical sedan.

Design and look

Because the i4 is a BMW i automobile foremost, not like the opposite 4 Gran Coupe fashions it dials again the M-ness, so there’s no M package on this, the eDrive40. That’s as a result of the M-ness is carried solely by the extra highly effective, AWD i4 M50 mannequin.

That’s not a foul factor in our guide, since M Sport is historically the most well-liked trim for BMW vehicles of any kind, and if you’d like an electrical BMW you may not be gunning for that anyway.

Overall, we like the truth that it largely seems to be like a standard BMW 4 GC — we cowl the design factors, together with the handle-less doorways, in our evaluate of that automobile. In different phrases, a horny four-door coupe/fastback physique fashion that doesn’t scream, “I’m electrical!” when you don’t look too intently, and it’ll enchantment to individuals who don’t need to appear to be they’re leaping on the electrical bandwagon.

Yet, there isn’t any scarcity of BMW i touches, together with blue highlights on the badge, grille and rear diffuser, and the L-shaped side-blade operating down the size of the automobile and which you’ll see extra of once you open the doorways. Like different EVs, it has a mostly-closed grille and no tailpipes. There’s sufficient right here to let folks know you’ve determined to go away combustion behind, with out having resorted to doing the plain factor and shopping for a Tesla.

Interior and options

The i4 is an attention-grabbing case of evolution: While it runs on the BMW CLAR platform (what underpins the three Series, 5 Series and extra) it has large components of the next-wave of BMW as embodied by the iX SUV. Contrast this with the iX3, which additionally makes use of the CLAR platform, however has the earlier infotainment display/software program setup OS 7. 

As your eyes journey from the seats and decrease console space upward, the cabin goes from acquainted to new. Replacing the discrete twin shows is the BMW Curved Display, with the primary infotainment display upsizing from 10.25- to 14.9-inches, whereas the 12.3-inch driver’s show stays the identical.

The large change is now each screens reside behind one curved pane of glass (therefore “Widescreen” although it’s not really one complete show). Because local weather management is migrated into the display, the general format seems to be cleaner than that of the 4GC. 

As talked about in our evaluate of the iX, we’re nonetheless getting to grips with OS 8, with the plus factors being a elegant, trendy really feel with slick graphics and deep tech integration. The draw back is that after years of evolution of iDrive and the traditional menu format nothing is within the ‘proper’ place, and the menu icons are uncharacteristically tiny. 

Dramatic tech apart, it’s a biggish BMW so the extent of match and end is often excessive, and the tools listing is excellent. Active security is current in spades, with  lane departure warning/conserving, ahead and rear collision prevention/warning, pedestrian detection, rear cross visitors alerts, pace restrict information. 

Space and practicality

Like the 4GC, the i4 is a five-door fastback, so a large tailgate with an computerized open characteristic is nice for loading up cumbersome gadgets. Boot area is similar, at 470 litres, going up to 1,290 litres with the seats (40/20/40) folded down. 

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Passenger area is the place we suspected the i4 had to commerce in some factors, and we have been proper. With the battery occupying the ground of the automobile, it does really feel like a better perch for the rear passengers with the “EV excessive knees” impact in play. Headroom is much less on the i4 than the 4GC — anybody shut to 1.8m tall will brush the ceiling, whose sides additionally slope inward. Another disadvantage of the styling: Rear visibility shouldn’t be superb. 

The driving place continues to be low-slung sufficient, as becoming a BMW, however the tradeoff right here is that when you like sitting low to the bottom as a driver, your rear passenger’s ft could have nowhere to go. To sum up, it’s rather less comfy at the back of the i4, but it surely’s nonetheless completely respectable for 2 average-sized folks.    

BMW’s app-connectivity means you’ll be able to maintain tabs on the automobile along with your cellphone, and likewise use your cellphone’s NFC chip as a automobile key. 

Remember what we mentioned concerning the i4 being an attention-grabbing case? It’s additionally at the moment the fastest-charging BMW EV, able to a DC quick cost price of 200kW, so it’s really faster charging than the iX (150kW). The automobile’s value features a Mode 2 cost cable (which is sort of a large laptop computer energy provide), and a wallbox.

Driving expertise

In typical ICE automobile phrases, a lightweight, rear-wheel drive sedan has potential to be driver’s automobile. The i4 is, comparatively talking, all of these issues: It’s a low-slung sedan with a rear-wheel drive format, and fewer large than an electrical SUV of comparable measurement. 

No shock that it’s one of the best driving EV in its value vary/measurement proper now, at the least when it comes to the way it sails round corners.

Like many EVs, it’s simple to drive and a peaceable expertise at common pace, however even at these speeds, the steadiness and drivability of the automobile come by means of. Similar to its brother, the iX3, the i4 has an keen, correct nostril and ‘feelsome’ steering that make it extra gratifying to drive than some all-wheel drive EVs. 

As talked about, the driving place is low sufficient that you just don’t really feel such as you’re sitting on a flying mattress/battery pack, and the i4’s steadiness is especially good, a lot so that you just really feel the automobile react round and with you. BMW’s Hans Zimmer-composed artificial sound isn’t a match for a purring inline six, however it’s precisely pegged to your proper foot for an extra level of suggestions. 

Braking doesn’t really feel like an afterthought, with good pedal really feel and total stopping energy — distinction some significantly heavy EV SUVs that are great at gaining pace, however shedding it’s borderline scary. 

Those trying to trump others at stoplights ought to look elsewhere, for the reason that i4 has a modest energy output. But its 340hp and not-so-aggro 430Nm of torque really add to the benefit of driving this automobile shortly, for the reason that energy supply isn’t so abrupt that it throws you off the road once you need to journey the lightning.

And once you do, the i4 doesn’t surrender the electrical ghost, however stays admirably composed. It’s nonetheless not a lightweight automobile, and like all EVs, you positively shouldn’t take too many liberties with it, but it surely’s good and fascinating sufficient that it delivers driving satisfaction to a better stage.

READ ALSO: Porsche hints potential joint tasks with AppleThe outdated adage of “any idiot can go quick in a straight line” nonetheless holds, however with that mentioned, it’s in corners the place the i4’s persona actually asserts itself. Like different EVs, it has that feeling of a low centre of gravity with loads of grip, so you’ll be able to bomb by means of bends restricted solely by prudence and bravado.

But the i4 can be uniquely adjustable along with your proper foot. Head in quick, flip the wheel, and trim your line by easing up on the accelerator or widen it by feeding some energy in — it’s partaking, thrilling and sure, electrifying.

Hit the Sport mode and a man-made whirr begins to pipe up.  Silence could add to the novelty of the EV expertise, however the i4 reminds you {that a} nice noise that rises in pitch and depth is without doubt one of the sensations we affiliate with driving quick, and it provides so much to the BMW’s enchantment.

The icing on the lithium cake is that the i4 pairs fun driving with spectacular effectivity. After 299km with the i4, it had sipped electrons at 17.6kWh/100km — all of the extra spectacular since Jackrabbit Ju-Len drove most of that distance.

Short A-road runs noticed the automobile run as little as 15kWh/100km. That provides our personal range-per-charge at almost 460km, making it some of the environment friendly EVs we’ve examined to date, and simply equal or higher to a Tesla Model 3. Matter of reality, we returned the automobile with 30 per cent left within the battery and 136km of vary, in accordance to the journey laptop. 

All we’ve mentioned about BMW’s fifth-gen electrical drive tech being very environment friendly — like within the iX and iX3 — nonetheless holds true, and much more so in a correctly aerodynamic fastback bodystyle.  

Competition and pricing

The Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2 are of an analogous measurement and still have fastback physique types, and are additionally inexpensive. While Polestar has simply launched its entry-level mannequin Standard Range Single Motor at $211,000 with COE, the comparable mannequin is the Long Range Single Motor at $227,000 with COE, and the high-performance Long Range Dual Motor at $253,000 with COE. 

Tesla’s Model 3 Performance rings in at $160,000 with out COE, or round $250,000 with COE, whereas its mid-tier mannequin the Model 3 Standard Range Plus rings in at simply over $200,000 with COE.

But these vehicles aren’t, to our eyes, direct opponents: They occupy a premium area, however not a luxurious one in the way in which say, a BMW 3 Series is in direct competitors with a Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

For now, there isn’t any different German electrical govt sedan — however once we have a look at the 4 Series GC vary itself, the i4 is rather like the iX3: Relatively talking, it’s a discount and a particularly cost-effective automobile. It’s priced nearer to the 420i GC ($300,000) and however provides you straightline efficiency comparable to the 430i GC ($350,000).

While it’s not just like the iX3 which was the most affordable X3 at launch, it’s definitely well worth the cash when you evaluate it to its brethren, in addition to different luxurious EVs in the marketplace.  


BMW’s first electrical sedan is every little thing we anticipated it to be: It seems to be good, delivers an involving driving expertise, is packed filled with tech, and is extraordinarily environment friendly. The actual convincing issue is its value: In an age the place a BMW 320i already prices $300,000 with COE, the i4 makes a particularly robust case for itself. In quick, it’s one thing drivers who need extra cost ought to go for. 

BMW i4 eDrive40

Drivetrain kind
Full electrical 

Electric Motor / format

Motor energy / torque 

Battery kind /internet capability 
Lithium ion, 80.7kWh

Normal Charge Type / Time
11kW AC wallbox/8.5 hours

Max Fast Charge Type / Time
200kW DC/20mins 10 to 80 per cent

Electric Range* 
424km common 

5.7 seconds

Top Speed

19.8 kWh/100km

VES Band 
A1/ -$15,000

Performance Motors Limited 

$312,888 with COE and VES


BMW’s first electrical sedan is sensible: Nice to drive, tech packed, helpful, and really environment friendly 

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This article was first printed in CarBuyer.


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