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2022 BMW i4 Review – Specifications, Competitors, Pricing

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The 2022 i4 proves BMW is no longer a mere dabbler in the EV industry as they continue to improve and refine their electric vehicle portfolio. The BMW i4 is a sedan based on the company's 3-series model and is a direct competitor to the Volvo Polestar 2 and Tesla Model 3. The eDrive40 version has a single rear-mounted electric motor that produces 335 horsepower. The M50 adds a front-mounted engine that increases power to a staggering 536 horsepower. The rear-drive version of the car has an estimated driving range of around 300 miles, while the all-wheel drive version offers 245 miles of range.

  • eDrive40: $56,395
  • M50: $66,895
  • The base i4 eDrive40 model starts at $56,395. The higher-performance M50 model comes in at $66,900 before adding any options. We prefer the M50 over the less expensive and less powerful eDrive40. The M-badged model's exterior is far more aggressive and includes 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, and upgraded brakes and calipers. In this case, the extra $10,000 spent to upgrade is worth every penny.

    The 2022 BMW i4 is a performance-driven electric car with impressive power and speed for its class. It has two different motor options - the eDrive40 has a single motor on the rear axle generating 335 horsepower and 317 pounds of torque. In contrast, the M50 has an electric motor on both axles producing 536 horsepower and a lung-crushing 586 pound-feet of torque. The M50 variant can reach 60 mph from a dead start in about 3.3 seconds, and both models are available with either 18, 19, or 20-inch rims. The 2022 BMW i4 also has adaptive dampers and a variable-ratio steering system giving it a comfortable ride and responsive steering.

    The 2022 BMW i4 is delivered with a luxurious interior and offers a variety of trim options that will appeal to most buyers. The interior's most notable feature is the large, seamless display screen that spans almost two-thirds of the dashboard's width. Available trim options include rose gold, light wood, and a white leather upholstery alternative. In addition, the four-door i4 has a rear roofline similar to a coupe with the added benefit of a rear traditional trunk.

    The 2022 BMW i4 features the latest and most advanced infotainment system - iDrive 8. The system operates through a 14.9-inch touchscreen integrated with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel on a massive curved display on the dashboard. While it has the traditional rotary controller on the center console, the system offers advanced voice commands among many other popular features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a WiFi hotspot.

    The 2022 BMW i4 comprises various standard and optional safety and driver assistance features. For more information about BMW's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Forward-collision warning
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
  • BMW currently offers a competitive warranty and one of the better complimentary maintenance periods.

  • The limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • The powertrain warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles.
  • Additionally, complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles.
  • Price Comparison

    2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E - $43,895
    2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 - $44,000
    2022 Tesla Model 3 - $46,990
    2022 Volvo Polestar - $47,200
    2022 BMW i4 - $55,400

    Vehicle Rating

    8.2

    Out of 10

    High-end sport car acceleration.
    Excellent quality interior.
    Very stylish exterior design.
    The front grills. Oversized and horrendous looking.
    Most expensive in its class.
    Battey life falls short of competitors

    Recalls, Complaints and Safety Issues

    Safety Recalls - NHTSA
    What are NHTSA safety recalls?
    There are 2 safety recalls for the 2022 i4

    Issue:
    BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2022-2023 iX xDrive40, iX xDrive50, iX M60, 2022 i4 eDrive40, and i4 M50 vehicles equipped with hybrid electric powertrains. While in Valet Parking Mode, the Central Information Display (CID) may not display critical safety information, such as warning messages and/or warning lights. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 101, "Control and Displays."

    Remedy:
    Dealers will update the display's head unit software, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed September 6, 2022. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

    Issue:
    BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2022-2023 iX xDrive50, iX M60, 2022 i4 eDrive40, and i4 M50 vehicles. The high voltage battery may have internal damage, resulting in an electrical short-circuit.

    Remedy:
    Owners are advised not to drive or charge their vehicles, and to park outside and away from structures until the remedy is complete. Dealers will replace the high voltage battery, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed September 19, 2022. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417. Owners will also be contacted by phone.
    Customer Complaints - NHTSA
    What are NHTSA customer complaints?
    There are no customer complaints for the 2022 i4
    BMW Service Information Bulletins (SIBs)
    What are BMW SIBs?
    There are no BMW Service Information Bulletins (SIBs) for this vehicle.

    Vehicle Specifications

    Starting MSRP - $55,400
    Overview
    Engine Type - Electric
    Transmission - 1-speed direct drive
    Drive Type - Rear wheel drive
    Total Seating - 5
    Basic Warranty - 4 yr./ 50,000 mi.
    Battery & Range
    Fuel type - Electric
    EPA city/highway MPGeMPGe is the official metric that the EPA uses to measure the efficiency of alternative-fuel (including electric) vehicles. Just like regular MPG shows how far a car will travel on one gallon of gas, MPGe shows how far a vehicle will drive on 33.7 kWh of electricity — the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. - 109/108 MPGe
    EPA combined MPGeA combined total of 45% city MPGe + 55% highway MPGe - 109 MPGe
    EPA electricity rangeThis value is the estimated number of miles that a vehicle can travel in combined city and highway driving (using a mix of 55% highway and 45% city driving) before needing to be recharged, according to the EPA's testing methodology. - 301 mi.
    EPA kWh/100 miThis value tells you how much energy in kilowatt-hours a vehicle would use to travel 100 miles. Unlike mpg, however, where a larger number is better (for example, a vehicle that gets 30 mpg is better than one that gets 20 mpg), a smaller number is better in kWh/100 miles because you are using less battery energy per mile. - 31
    Battery capacity - 83.9 kWh
    Engine
    Base engine type - Electric
    Horsepower - 335 hp
    Torque - 317 lb-ft
    Towing & Hauling
    Max Payload Capacity - 933 lbs.
    Drivetrain
    Transmission - 1-speed direct drive
    Drive type - Rear wheel drive
    Suspension
    Four-wheel independent suspension - yes
    Front and rear stabilizer bar - yes
    Dimensions
    Length - 188.5 in.
    Overall width with mirrors - 81.6 in.
    Overall width without mirrors - 72.9 in.
    Height - 57.0 in.
    Wheelbase - 112.4 in.
    Cargo capacity, all seats in place - 10.0 cu.ft.
    Turning circle - 41.0 ft.
    Ground clearance - 4.9 in.
    Curb weight - 4,680 lbs.
    Maximum payload - 933 lbs.
    Colors
    Exterior Colors -
    • Mineral White Metallic
    • Alpine White
    • Black Sapphire Metallic
    • Jet Black
    • Dravit Grey Metallic
    • Aventurin Red Metallic
    • Sunset Orange Metallic
    • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic
    • San Remo Green Metallic
    • Portimao Blue Metallic
    • Brooklyn Grey Metallic
    • Skyscraper Grey Metallic
    Interior Colors -
    • Tacora Red Vernasca, leather
    • Oyster Vernasca, leather
    • Black Vernasca w/Blue Contrast Stitching, leather
    • Mocha Vernasca, leather
    • Cognac Perforated SensaTec, leatherette
    • Tacora Red Perforated SensaTec, leatherette
    • Canberra Beige Perforated SensaTec, leatherette
    • Black Vernasca, leather
    • Black Perforated SensaTec, leatherette
    • Cognac Vernasca w/Contrast Stitching, leather
    Front Seat Dimensions
    Front head room - 38.2 in.
    Front leg room - 41.5 in.
    Front shoulder room - 55.2 in.
    Leatherette - yes
    Sport front seats - yes
    Height adjustable driver seat - yes
    Height adjustable passenger seat - yes
    Rear Seat Dimensions
    Rear head room - 36.6 in.
    Rear leg room - 34.2 in.
    Rear shoulder room - 54.3 in.
    Split-folding rear seatback - yes
    Folding with pass-thru center armrest - yes
    Safety
    Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system - yes
    Pre-collision safety system - yes
    Post-collision safety system - yes
    Dual front side-mounted airbags - yes
    Front and rear head airbags - yes
    Stability control - yes
    Traction control - yes
    Child seat anchors - yes
    Rear door child safety locks - yes
    4-wheel ABS - yes
    Brake drying - yes
    Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes - yes
    Emergency braking preparation - yes
    Emergency braking assist - yes
    Tire pressure monitoring - yes
    Dusk sensing headlamps - yes
    Auto delay off headlamps - yes
    LED headlamp - yes
    Self-leveling headlights - yes
    Daytime running lights - yes
    Turn signal mirrors - yes
    2 front headrests - yes
    3 rear headrests - yes
    Rear height adjustable headrests - yes
    Rear center 3-point belt - yes
    Remote anti-theft alarm system - yes
    In-Car Entertainment
    AM/FM stereo - yes
    205 watts stereo output - yes
    10 total speakers - yes
    USB connection - yes
    USB with external media control - yes
    Satellite radio satellite radio - yes
    12 months of provided satellite radio service - yes
    Power Feature
    4 one-touch power windows - yes
    Hands-free entry - yes
    Heated mirrors - yes
    Comfort & Convenience
    Keyless ignition - yes
    Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel - yes
    Electric power steering - yes
    Rear view camera - yes
    Front and rear parking sensors - yes
    Cruise control - yes
    Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.) - yes
    Front and rear cupholders - yes
    Front and rear door pockets - yes
    Front seatback storage - yes
    Leather steering wheel - yes
    Dual zone front climate control - yes
    Rear ventilation ducts - yes
    Interior air filtration - yes
    Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror - yes
    Turn signal in mirrors - yes
    Instrumentation
    Trip computer - yes
    Compass - yes
    External temperature display - yes
    Clock - yes
    Tires & Wheels
    Painted alloy wheels - yes
    18 x 7.5 in. wheels - yes
    Performance tires - yes
    225/50R18 tires - yes
    Telematics
    Emergency Service - yes
    Airbag Deployment Notification - yes
    Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance - yes
    Hands-Free Calling - yes
    Roadside Assistance - yes
    Concierge Service - yes
    Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation) - yes
    Destination Download - yes
    Mobile Internet (Browser) - yes
    Warranty
    Basic - 4 yr./ 50,000 mi.
    Drivetrain - 4 yr./ 50,000 mi.
    Rust - 12 yr./ unlimited mi.
    Roadside - 4 yr./ unlimited mi.
    Mechanical Options
    M Sport Brakes w/Red Calipers - +$0
    Adaptive M Suspension - +$700
    Packages
    M Sport Package - +$2,400
    Dynamic Handling Package - +$1,750
    Shadowline Package - +$400
    Driving Assistance Professional Package - +$1,700
    Premium Package - +$950
    Parking Assistance Package - +$700
    Interior Options
    Personal eSIM 5G - +$300
    Harman Kardon Surround Sound System - +$875
    Wireless Device Charging - +$200
    Drive Recorder - +$100
    Front Ventilated Seats - +$350
    Heated Front Seats - +$500
    Ambient Lighting - +$250
    BMW i Blue Exterior Accents - +$0
    BMW Curved Display w/HUD - +$1,000
    Exterior Options
    19" M Aero Bi-color Midnight Grey Wheels w/All-season Non RFT Tires - +$0
    Icon Adaptive LED Headlights w/Laserlight - +$1,000
    Iconic Sounds Electric - +$100
    Shadowline Exterior Trim - +$0
    19" M Y-Spoke Bi-Color Black Wheels w/All-season Non RFT Tires - +$0
    19" M Aero Bi-color Midnight Grey Wheels w/Performance Non RFT Tires - +$0
    19" Bi-color Gunmetal Grey Wheels w/Performance Non RFT Tires - +$600
    19" Bi-color Gunmetal Grey Wheels w/All-season Non RFT Tires - +$600
    Starting MSRP - $65,900
    Overview
    Engine Type - Electric
    Transmission - 1-speed direct drive
    Drive Type - All wheel drive
    Total Seating - 5
    Basic Warranty - 4 yr./ 50,000 mi.
    Battery & Range
    Fuel type - Electric
    EPA city/highway MPGeMPGe is the official metric that the EPA uses to measure the efficiency of alternative-fuel (including electric) vehicles. Just like regular MPG shows how far a car will travel on one gallon of gas, MPGe shows how far a vehicle will drive on 33.7 kWh of electricity — the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. - 94/98 MPGe
    EPA combined MPGeA combined total of 45% city MPGe + 55% highway MPGe - 96 MPGe
    EPA electricity rangeThis value is the estimated number of miles that a vehicle can travel in combined city and highway driving (using a mix of 55% highway and 45% city driving) before needing to be recharged, according to the EPA's testing methodology. - 270 mi.
    EPA kWh/100 miThis value tells you how much energy in kilowatt-hours a vehicle would use to travel 100 miles. Unlike mpg, however, where a larger number is better (for example, a vehicle that gets 30 mpg is better than one that gets 20 mpg), a smaller number is better in kWh/100 miles because you are using less battery energy per mile. - 35
    Battery capacity - 83.9 kWh
    Engine
    Base engine type - Electric
    Horsepower - 536 hp
    Torque - 586 lb-ft
    Towing & Hauling
    Max Payload Capacity - 926 lbs.
    Drivetrain
    Transmission - 1-speed direct drive
    Drive type - All wheel drive
    Suspension
    Four-wheel independent suspension - yes
    Front and rear stabilizer bar - yes
    Dimensions
    Length - 188.5 in.
    Overall width with mirrors - 81.6 in.
    Overall width without mirrors - 72.9 in.
    Height - 57.0 in.
    Wheelbase - 112.4 in.
    Cargo capacity, all seats in place - 10.0 cu.ft.
    Turning circle - 41.0 ft.
    Ground clearance - 4.9 in.
    Curb weight - 5,018 lbs.
    Maximum payload - 926 lbs.
    Colors
    Exterior Colors -
    • Mineral White Metallic
    • Alpine White
    • Black Sapphire Metallic
    • Dravit Grey Metallic
    • Aventurin Red Metallic
    • Sunset Orange Metallic
    • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic
    • Frozen Portimao Blue Metallic
    • San Remo Green Metallic
    • Portimao Blue Metallic
    • Brooklyn Grey Metallic
    Interior Colors -
    • Tacora Red Vernasca, leather
    • Oyster Vernasca, leather
    • Black Vernasca w/Blue Contrast Stitching, leather
    • Mocha Vernasca, leather
    • Cognac Perforated SensaTec, leatherette
    • Tacora Red Perforated SensaTec, leatherette
    • Canberra Beige Perforated SensaTec, leatherette
    • Black Vernasca, leather
    • Black Perforated SensaTec, leatherette
    • Cognac Vernasca w/Contrast Stitching, leather
    Front Seat Dimensions
    Front head room - 38.2 in.
    Front leg room - 41.5 in.
    Front shoulder room - 55.2 in.
    Leatherette - yes
    Sport front seats - yes
    Height adjustable driver seat - yes
    Height adjustable passenger seat - yes
    Rear Seat Dimensions
    Rear head room - 36.6 in.
    Rear leg room - 34.2 in.
    Rear shoulder room - 54.3 in.
    Split-folding rear seatback - yes
    Folding with pass-thru center armrest - yes
    Safety
    Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system - yes
    Pre-collision safety system - yes
    Post-collision safety system - yes
    Dual front side-mounted airbags - yes
    Front and rear head airbags - yes
    Stability control - yes
    Traction control - yes
    Child seat anchors - yes
    Rear door child safety locks - yes
    4-wheel ABS - yes
    Brake drying - yes
    Ventilated front disc / solid rear disc brakes - yes
    Emergency braking preparation - yes
    Emergency braking assist - yes
    Tire pressure monitoring - yes
    Dusk sensing headlamps - yes
    Auto delay off headlamps - yes
    LED headlamp - yes
    Self-leveling headlights - yes
    Daytime running lights - yes
    Turn signal mirrors - yes
    2 front headrests - yes
    3 rear headrests - yes
    Rear height adjustable headrests - yes
    Rear center 3-point belt - yes
    Remote anti-theft alarm system - yes
    In-Car Entertainment
    AM/FM stereo - yes
    205 watts stereo output - yes
    10 total speakers - yes
    USB connection - yes
    USB with external media control - yes
    Satellite radio satellite radio - yes
    12 months of provided satellite radio service - yes
    Power Feature
    4 one-touch power windows - yes
    Hands-free entry - yes
    Heated mirrors - yes
    Comfort & Convenience
    Keyless ignition - yes
    Telescopic steering wheel - yes
    Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel - yes
    Electric power steering - yes
    Rear view camera - yes
    Front and rear parking sensors - yes
    Cruise control - yes
    Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.) - yes
    Front and rear cupholders - yes
    Front and rear door pockets - yes
    Front seatback storage - yes
    Leather steering wheel - yes
    Dual zone front climate control - yes
    Rear ventilation ducts - yes
    Interior air filtration - yes
    Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror - yes
    Turn signal in mirrors - yes
    Instrumentation
    Trip computer - yes
    Compass - yes
    External temperature display - yes
    Clock - yes
    Tires & Wheels
    Painted alloy wheels - yes
    19 x 9.0 in. wheels - yes
    Performance tires - yes
    255/40R19 tires - yes
    Telematics
    Emergency Service - yes
    Airbag Deployment Notification - yes
    Stolen Vehicle Tracking/Assistance - yes
    Hands-Free Calling - yes
    Roadside Assistance - yes
    Concierge Service - yes
    Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation) - yes
    Destination Download - yes
    Mobile Internet (Browser) - yes
    Warranty
    Basic - 4 yr./ 50,000 mi.
    Drivetrain - 4 yr./ 50,000 mi.
    Rust - 12 yr./ unlimited mi.
    Roadside - 4 yr./ unlimited mi.
    Mechanical Options
    M Sport Brakes w/Red Calipers - +$0
    Packages
    M Carbon Exterior Package - +$2,800
    Shadowline Package - +$400
    Driving Assistance Professional Package - +$1,700
    Cooling and High Performance Tire Package - +$2,500
    Premium Package - +$950
    Parking Assistance Package - +$700
    Interior Options
    BMW Curved Display w/HUD - +$1,000
    Personal eSIM 5G - +$300
    Harman Kardon Surround Sound System - +$875
    Wireless Device Charging - +$200
    Drive Recorder - +$100
    Front Ventilated Seats - +$350
    Heated Front Seats - +$500
    Ambient Lighting - +$250
    Exterior Options
    19" M Aero Bi-color Midnight Grey Wheels w/All-season Non RFT Tires - +$0
    Icon Adaptive LED Headlights w/Laserlight - +$1,000
    19" M Y-Spoke Bi-Color Black Wheels w/All-season Non RFT Tires - +$0
    19" M Y-Spoke Bi-color Black Wheels w/Performance Non RFT Tires - +$0
    BMW M 50 Years Emblems - +$200
    19" M Aero Bi-color Midnight Grey Wheels w/Performance Non RFT Tires - +$0

     

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