BMW is no stranger to electrified models (see the funky little i3 and wildly styled i8 for proof), and the 2022 i4 sedan looks to further bolster the brand’s EV portfolio. Based on Bimmer’s most famous model, the 3-series, the upcoming i4 is a low-slung four-door that’s expected to compete with rivals such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Audi e-tron GT. While full details are still forthcoming, we do know the BMW EV will have a 530-hp electric motor and an 80.0-kWh battery pack. BMW claims that the i4 will boast a driving range of 300 miles as well as a full complement of high-tech equipment when it goes on sale sometime in 2021.
What’s New for 2022?
The BMW i4 is an all-new electric sedan that is expected to compete against the Tesla Model 3 and other mid-size EV sedans when it finally hits showrooms in 2021.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
While the German automaker hasn’t announced official pricing, we expect it to start somewhere near $50,000.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 i4 will feed electrons to an electric motor that is expected to make 530 horsepower. BMW has said the sedan’s battery-pack capacity will be approximately 80.0-kWh. Likewise, the company says the all-electric four-door will accelerate from zero to 62 mph in four seconds flat. We think that’s conservative since we tested a Model 3 that whirred to 60 mph in 3.5 ticks despite having almost 80 fewer ponies. We also expect the i4 to offer both rear- and all-wheel drive, which will ultimately produce different zero-to-60-mph times.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
BMW says the i4 will have the ability to travel up to 300 miles on a full battery. Along with a battery pack that measures about 80.0-kWh, the i4 will have a 150-kilowatt charging capacity that can provide up to 80 percent of the car’s driving range in just 35 minutes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn’t yet released estimates for the i4’s fuel economy or driving range, so all we have to go on is BMW’s claim of 300 miles per charge. Once we get an i4 for testing, we’ll take it on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, and determine its real-world efficiency.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, we expect the cabin to be richly appointed, inlcuding the availability of rose gold trim, white leather upholstery, and light wood trim. We know the car will share its underpinnings with the company’s 3-series sedan, so the interior will likely be equally as spacious. The i4’s roofline is more dramatic than the 3, though, offering a four-door-coupe body style and what appears to be a large rear liftgate that opens to reveal a large cargo area like that of BMW 4-series Gran Coupe.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The i4 will be one of the first BMWs to feature the company’s latest infotainment system and connectivity features. Called iDrive 8, it’ll operate through a 14.9-inch touchscreen that’s integrated with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel on a huge curved display on the dashboard. Along with a rotary controller on the center console, the system will offer advanced voice commands and myriad popular features. These include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 5G mobile capability.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2022 BMW i4 hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While we expect it to offer all the latest driver-assistance technology—and maybe even semi-autonomous driving modes—we won’t know the specific equipment until closer to its official on-sale date.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
BMW currently offers a competitive warranty that includes one of the better complimentary maintenance periods. Since the i4 is an electric vehicle, its battery components will also be covered, likely for eight years or 100,000 miles.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles