The 2022 BMW i4 is the latest electric vehicle from BMW and a far cry from the BMW i3 it is essentially replacing. The i3 was a quirky hatchback that looked like it was straight out of a science-fiction movie. It was designed to attract attention to the BMW i sub-brand of electrified vehicles, and it accomplished its mission. People took notice, but now it’s time for a more mature, more conventional electric vehicle from BMW, one that gets noticed for its comfort, performance, and driving dynamics and not just for its looks. That’s the BMW i4.
The all-new BMW i4 doesn’t look like an electric vehicle. As a matter of fact, I had a few people come and ask me during my week with the I4 if it was a new 3 Series. Size-wise the I4 is about the same as a 3 Series and visually it looks like a 4 Series Gran Coupe. It also feels very much like one inside as well in terms of dimensions. As for the design of the interior, it looks just like a 3 Series/4 Series with the exception of the large, curved centre screen.
My tester was the 2022 BMW i4 M50, currently the top-of-the-line i4. If you were to describe it as an electric BMW M3, you wouldn’t be far off. With 536 horsepower and 586 pound-feet of torque, the BMW i4 M50i is actually more powerful than the new M3 and with a stated 0-100 km/h of under 4.0 seconds, it’s quicker too.
It features an 83.9-kWh battery (81.5 kWh usable) and can charge at up to 200 kW. The onboard charger can accept up to 11 kW from a wall-mounted cable. The best I could get on a fast charger was 55 kW while my home charger charged the i4 M50 from 20% to 100 % in just over 9 hours.
Posted EPA range is 434 kilometres, and although I pushed the M50 fairly hard during my week with it, I was still able to do about 375 kilometres. When driving in a more relaxed manner, I was closer to 400 km of range in cold weather. In other words, the EPA range numbers appear reasonable in the BMW i4. That’s just one of the many reasons why you might want to consider the BMW i4 and specifically the M50i.
Why Should You Buy a 2022 BMW i4 M50?
Remarkable performance. The 2022 BMW i4 M50 is fast. Very fast. You would have to come up to a Tesla Model S Plaid, a Porsche Taycan Turbo and above or an Audi RS e-tron GT to find an electric vehicle that’s quicker than the M50i.
Exceptional Value. The BMW i4 M50 isn’t cheap with a starting price of nearly $73,000 in Canada and $65,900 in the US, but it’s a lot more accessible than the models we described above. When it comes to price-to-performance ratio, the i4 M50i is very hard to beat in the industry.
Handles like a BMW. The straight-line performance isn’t the only thing that makes the i4 M50 a true sport sedan. The handling is just as impressive with the i4 M50 offering exceptional steering feel and great agility. When in Sport mode, the car feels so connected and precise while also being that much more aggressive when accelerating and passing.
The BMW i4 M50i is the first BMW electric vehicle tuned by BMW M, and it certainly feels that way when going around corners. It’s simply superb. Because the i4 M50 is essentially a RWD vehicle, only sending power to the front axle when traction is compromised, you get that pure, light, direct feeling that is typical of BMW performance vehicles sending their power to the rear axle.
Decent sound for an EV. Electric vehicles, especially performance electric vehicles, are all about the sound. The i4 M50 has a pretty cool orchestra of electric noises that it can create, changing its tune depending on the driving mode. Accelerating in Sport mode creates a rushing sound that reminded me of a jumbo jet taking off. It’s not the same as the rumble of a twin-turbo V8, but I could get used to it.
Luxurious infotainment. The large, dual infotainment displays make the i4 feel unique and different, and they also give the interior a premium upscale look. The displays and menus are beautiful and change depending on the driving mode.
A comfy ride. Despite its 19-inch M wheels, the 2022 BMW i4 M50 was compliant on rough roads. The seats were also comfortable and overall, the i4 M50 proved to be a comfortable luxury sedan. More comfortable than many M cars and certainly more comfortable than a BMW M3.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy a 2022 BMW i4 M50
Cramped interior. The 2022 BMW i4 M50 isn’t the most spacious of cars, especially in the back seat. The rear seats are fine for small children but getting a kid’s seat in there isn’t easy and there’s limited head and leg room in the back.
Complicated infotainment screen. The infotainment screen looks good and adds a lot of refinement to the interior, but it certainly isn’t easy to use by any measure. There’s a lot going on and you often must take your eyes off the road to figure out where you are going with the menus.
Poor rear visibility. The small rear window makes it very difficult to see out the back. There’s obviously a camera system, but still visibility isn’t the i4 M50’s strong suit.
The first BMW electric vehicle prepared by BMW M is a resounding success. It is quick, powerful, agile, sporty, and refined, and it delivers exceptional accelerations. It’s not the most spacious or accommodating electric vehicle, but the BMW iX is there if you need more interior space. The 2022 BMW i4 M50i delivers the accelerations and range of much more expensive electric vehicles for half the price and is one of the most enticing performance EVs on the market right now.