2023 BMW i4 Review, Pricing, and Specs

2023 BMW i4 Review, Pricing, and Specs


The all-electric BMW i4 sedan is an important part of BMW’s expanding EV portfolio. It offers 4-Series Grand Coupe styling with a battery powertrain and highly refined road manners, which combine for a Best of 10 award-winning combination. There are three different i4 flavors: The first two are single-motor rear-drive, with the eDrive35 offering 281 horsepower and 260 miles of EPA range, while the eDrive40 produces 335 horsepower with an estimated 300 miles of driving range. That figure drops to 245 miles in the spicy, all-wheel-drive 536-hp i4 M50. The latter drives like a better-riding M3, which is a mega compliment. The M50 reaches 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the M3 competition, and it can make the jump from 50 to 70 mph in just 2.0 seconds—0.7 seconds faster than the Bimmer. When not doing ab-exercise acceleration, the i4 is an admirable daily driver. While it lacks the steering feedback we’ve come to love in other M cars, it’s an exciting and refined sedan with a supple ride and deeply satisfying sports-sedan handling.

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What’s new for 2023?

As the BMW i4 debuted last year only, the 2023 i4 gets only minor option changes. A new, entry-level eDrive35 model joins the lineup and uses a smaller 66.0-kWh battery pack to achieve a claimed 260-mile range. BMW’s M 50 year special emblems have been introduced on the i4 M50. The 18-inch M bi-color Midnight Gray wheels with all-season tires are no longer offered. The Iconic Sounds Electric option—which enables a variety of synthesized sounds to play through the car’s speakers and sync with its acceleration—will be sold separately from the premium package.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

We prefer the high-performance M50 to the less expensive—and less powerful—eDrive35 and eDrive40 trims. The M-badged model comes standard with a more assertive presence including 19-inch wheels. It also has beautifully tuned suspension which makes for fun in aggressive driving but is quiet and comfortable around town. The M model also gets upgraded brakes with blue calipers. We like the improved performance of the optional 20-inch rims and their wider, stickier tires, but they drop the M50’s estimated driving range from 270 to 227 miles. We also get one of the Vernasca leather options, the Premium package (ambient interior lighting, heated seats and steering wheel, lumbar support), and individual options like adaptive LED headlights, ventilated front seats, Harman Kardon sound system Will enhance the interior. , and wireless charging.

EV Motor, Power and Performance

The 2023 i4 feeds electrons to either one or two electric motors, depending on the model. The EDrive35 is one of two single-motor rear-drive options using the 281-hp unit. The eDrive40 has a single motor on the rear axle that makes 335 horsepower. The M50 has an electric motor on both axles, providing simultaneous all-wheel drive and producing 536 horsepower and 586 pound-feet. M50 we tested hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, which is Rear-drive M3 faster than the competition, The rear-drive i4 rolls on a standard set of 18-inch rims; 19-inch are optional. In contrast, the all-wheel-drive M50 is fitted with either 19s or 20s, and features adaptive dampers and a variable-ratio steering system. i4 M50 we drove insisted upon immediately and forcefully, and even though it weighs much more than a m 3Its low center of gravity helps it ride sure and gracefully.

Range, Charging and Battery Life

BMW says the single-motor rear-drive i4 eDrive40 can travel up to about 300 miles on a full battery. The dual-motor all-wheel-drive M50 has the same 81.5-kWh battery, but has a claimed range of 245 miles. These i4 models have 200 kW of charging capability that can add between 88 and 108 miles in just 10 minutes. The entry-level eDrive35 model comes with a smaller 66.0 kWh net capacity battery that is said to deliver around 260 miles of range and at a maximum 180-kW charging speed. Using the Level 2 (up to 11 kW) onboard charger, the i4 can recharge its battery from zero to 100 percent in less than 8 hours.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe

According to the EPA, the most efficient i4 model with standard 18-inch wheels is the eDrive40. That model earned ratings of 109 MPGe city and 108 MPGe highway. The addition of larger 19-inch wheels knocks these figures down a bit, and the more powerful M50 model is rated even lower. While we haven’t put every i4 through its 75-mph highway course, that’s part of the Our Comprehensive Test RulesTo determine its real-world efficiency, a The i4 eDrive 40 Gran Coupe We Tested Achieved 280 mile range. Just two miles short of its EPA estimate. For more information on the i4’s efficiency ratings, see EPA website,

Interior, Comfort & Cargo

Inside, the i4’s cabin is richly appointed, including the availability of Rose Gold trim, White leather upholstery and Light Wood trim. The general layout is similar to other BMW models, but the i4, in addition All-electric ix SUV, the first to feature a large, seamless display that spans almost two-thirds of the dashboard. The four-door i4 has a dramatic rear roofline that emulates a coupe-like profile, but has a conventional trunk behind it.

Infotainment & Connectivity

The i4 was one of the first BMWs to feature the company’s iDrive 8 infotainment and connectivity software, called iDrive 8. Thanks to free over-the-air updates, the i4 gets upgraded to a newer version, iDrive 8.5. The system is operated via a 14.9-inch touchscreen integrated with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel on a giant curved display on the dashboard. With a rotary controller on the center console, the system offers advanced voice commands and a myriad of popular features. These include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2023 i4 offers a variety of standard and optional driver-assistance technology, For more information on Bimmer’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHSWebsites. Key security features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • Standard Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive cruise control available with stop-and-go technology

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

BMW currently offers a competitive warranty which includes a better complimentary maintenance period.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance covered for three years or 36,000 miles
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2022 BMW i4 eDrive40
Vehicle Type: Rear-Motor, Rear-Wheel-Drive, 5-Passenger, 4-Door Hatchback

Base/as tested: $56,395/$64,820

Motor: Current-Excited Synchronous AC
Power: 335 HP @ 8000-17,000 rpm
Torque: 317 lb-ft @ 0–5000 rpm
Battery pack: Liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion, 81.5 kWh
Onboard Charger: 11.0 kW
Transmission: Direct-drive

Suspension, F/R: Struts/Multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.7-in Vented Disc/13.6-in Vented Disc
Tyres: Hankook Ventus S1 Evo3
F: 245/40R-19 98Y★
R: 255/40R-19 100Y★

Wheelbase: 112.4 Inch
Length: 188.5 inches
Width: 72.9 inches
Height: 57.0 Inches
Passenger Quantity: 90 ft3
Trunk Volume: 10 ft3
Curb Weight: 4699 lb

CD Exam Results
60 mph: 4.8 seconds
100 mph: 11.9 seconds
1/4-mile: 13.4 seconds @ 106 mph

The above results leave a 1-ft rollout of 0.3 seconds.
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.0 seconds
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.9 seconds
Top speed (Government Limited): 115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 169 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 345 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft skidpad: 0.87 g

CD fuel economy
Seen: 108 MPGe
75-mph Highway Driving: 107 MPGe
75-mph Highway Range: 280 Miles

EPA Fuel Economy
Combined/City/Highway: 99/100/98 MPGe
Range: 282 miles

2022 BMW i4 M50
Vehicle type: Front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

Base/as tested: $66,895/$76,670

Rear Motor: Synchronous AC, 308 hp, 295 lb-ft
Combined Power: 536 HP
Combined torque: 586 lb-ft
Battery pack: Liquid-cooled Lithium-Ion, 81.5 kWh
Onboard Charger: 11.0 kW
Transmission: Direct-drive

Suspension, F/R: Struts/Multilink
Tyres: Pirelli P Zero Electra PZ4
Brakes, F/R: 14.7-in Vented Disc/13.6-in Vented Disc
F: 255/35R-20 97Y★
R: 285/30R-20 99Y★

Wheelbase: 112.4 Inch
Length: 188.5 inches
Width: 72.9 inches
Height: 57.0 Inches
Passenger Quantity: 90 ft3
Cargo Volume: 10 ft3
Curb Weight: 5063 lb

CD Exam Results
60 mph: 3.3 sec
100 mph: 8.0 sec
1/4-mile: 11.7 sec @ 120 mph

The above results leave a 1-ft rollout of 0.2 seconds.
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 3.5 seconds
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 1.5 seconds
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 2.0 seconds
Top speed (Government Limited): 127 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 154 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 308 ft
Roadholding, 300-feet skidpad: 0.97 grams

CD fuel economy
Seen: 83 MPGe

EPA Fuel Economy
Combined/City/Highway: 80/79/80 MPGe
Range: 227 miles

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