Move Over Tesla, the Electric 2022 BMW i4 Is Impressive

This engaging sports sedan exudes the brand’s DNA

2022 BMW i4 front driving Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

BMW’s latest electric revolution is underway, with two new models—BMW i4 and iX—showcasing its new approach to electric vehicles. Unlike BMW’s first foray into the field in 2014, with the quirky i3 urban runabout and the esoteric i8, these new models’ look like regular BMWs but with electric power. It’s a return to the familiar that should satisfy at least some BMW loyalists. 

We previously evaluated the iX luxury SUV, and now we turn our attention to the i4, a low-slung sport sedan with a coupe-like silhouette and convenient hatchback à la Tesla Model S. The i4 is essentially the EV mirror image of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door coupe that is based on the 3 Series sports sedan. (The “i” indicates electric power, and the “4” indicate the car series.) 

The i4 comes in two flavors: the eDrive40, boasting 335 horsepower with rear-wheel drive and a 301-mile range. It starts at $55,400, before tax incentives. And an up-level version, like the one we rented from BMW, with a 536-hp M50 dual motor configuration that makes it an all-wheel drive but cuts the range to 270 miles. 

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Both versions have an 81.5-kWh battery, and an 11-kW onboard charger that allows home charging on the quick side if connected to a 48-ampere circuit. On a long trip, in public DC-fast charging, the i4 can accept up to a maximum charging output of 195 kW. That is very competitive, but it doesn’t match Tesla’s 250 kW capability for its Model 3 and Y when plugged into the latest iteration of Tesla’s Supercharger. 

If you’re a Consumer Reports member, our initial expert assessment of the BMW i4 is available to you below. Once we purchase our own model and complete 2,000 break-in miles, we’ll put the i4 through more than 50 tests at the CR Auto Test Center, including empirical measurements of acceleration, braking, handling, car-seat fit, and usability. CR members will have access to the full road-test results as soon as they’re available.

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What we rented: 2022 BMW i4 M50
Powertrain: 536-hp dual electric motor, one-speed direct drive, all-wheel drive, 81.5-kWh battery
MSRP: $65,900
Options: Driver’s Assistance Pro Package $1,700, Parking Assistance Package $700, Premium Package $950, High Performance Package $2,500, Carbon Fiber Trim $300, Adaptive LED Headlights $1,000, Wireless Charging Pad $200, eSIM 5G $300, Head-Up Display $1,000, Harman Kardon audio $875, M Carbon Exterior Package $2,800, Frozen Blue Matte paint $3,600.
Total options: $15,925
Destination fee: $995
Total cost: $82,820 before a $7,500 federal tax incentive

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