2024 BMW i4: First Look Review

  • i4 gains a new 396-horsepower 'xDrive40' variant with the MY2024 update
  • Delivers an EPA-est. range of up to 307 miles
  • Priced from USD 52,200 (excl. USD 995 destination and handling fee)
  • Now available at U.S. dealerships

The 2024 BMW i4, a pure electric alternative to the 2024 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, is the German carmaker’s lowest-priced zero-emission model available in the U.S. The mid-size four-door gran coupe is squarely aimed at customers who want a higher-quality alternative to the Tesla Model 3, one that’s a proper luxury car. Recently, I saw its top-of-the-line ‘M50’ variant and checked out all its features in detail. Here are my first impressions:

Design

The 2024 BMW i4 is a lean, mean-looking EV with a sporty body, elegant proportions, and sophisticated style. In addition to the car’s sleek glasshouse and frameless windows, I like its aggressive headlamps, which give it a focused and ready-to-attack impression. I think the slim mirrors and recessed door handles enhance the dynamic character of the car and the muscular bumpers, curvy passenger cell, and powerful shoulder lend it an athletic styling.

For almost every BMW released since the X7 in 2018, the kidney grille has been the talk of the town, and no other model has sparked as much controversy as the second-gen 4 Series, which led to the i4 in 2021. Much to my surprise, since I saw the i4 in person, this feature has started to grow on me!

Interior

The 2024 BMW i4 has a curvy and slim dashboard that’s set low, in line with the sporty exterior. I think the outer-end AC vents and the steering wheel need to go on a diet. However, overall, it’s a classy interior that looks adequately upscale.

After spending some time in the 2024 BMW i4, I felt that it offers more convenience than the facelifted Tesla Model 3, as it has many physical controls, including buttons, switches, knobs, and scrollers, which are easy to operate and be quickly located without distraction while driving. I also appreciated not requiring to use a touchscreen to open the glovebox.

The 12.3-inch driver information display and the 14.9-inch central display’s minimalist UI seemed to be easy to operate. I first used the former to see its customizable layouts and know what kind of details each of them provides. I found it to be easily accessible and customizable with the scroller and buttons on the steering wheel.

The central display supports touch inputs, but it can also be used with a knurled rotary controller located in the center console. Its menu structure was simple, and it required only a few inputs to reach the desired functions. Its software showed little lag when I tested it with consistent quick swipes and selections.

I’m six feet tall, and when I entered the 2024 i4 to sit in the driver seat, I felt that ingress was a bit uncomfortable as the seat is set quite low, but that’s the general trade-off for any sedan of this segment. The steering wheel offered ample grip, and the heating function is in a button on the lower spoke, which is a win for ergonomics.

The seats are designed to offer ample lumbar support, and the side bolsters are also just the right thickness. However, I had just adequate leg space, and I felt that under-thigh support was not all that great. As for headroom, it was a bit tight for my height.

Entering the rear part of the cabin was a bit easier than the front. When I sat behind the driver seat, I felt that legroom was tight for my size 11 boots, but my knees didn’t brush up against the seat back. The angle of the backrest was fine, but I am not sure how comfortable I’d be here on long journeys. I expected headroom to be tight, and that was indeed the case. I think three adults like me in the back of the 2024 i4 would be impossible to fit due to the transmission tunnel.

Driving impressions

The 2024 BMW i4 is available in single-motor RWD and twin-motor AWD configurations, with up to 536 horsepower and up to 586 lb.-ft. of torque. It can finish a 0-60 mph sprint as quickly as 3.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of up to 140 mph. It consumes as low as 28 kWh per 100 miles (EPA-est.) and delivers a range of up to 307 miles.

Gauging from various media reviews of previous models, which had the same powertrains, batteries, and other core components, we can assume that the 2024 i4 is quite an impressive machine even though BMW didn’t engineer it on an EV-specific platform. Expert automotive journalists say the i4 speeds up vigorously and gives the feeling of driving the critically acclaimed M3 Competition at launch.

The i4 keeps pushing forward, showing no laziness even after the initial acceleration as it approaches highway speeds. Thus, it’s not as if its novelty quickly fades out, which can’t be said for many compact and midsize EVs. The i4 is quite nimble, too, so it does feel like a driver’s car and a proper BMW.

The i4’s handling is so good that the driver doesn’t realize it’s a car weighing as much as over 5,000 lbs. Its steering is quick and accurate, although it could be even better if it offered a little more feedback. The cabin is a tranquil place, as no wind noise creeps in, not even at highway speeds.

Price

The 2024 BMW i4’s prices range from USD 52,200 to USD 69,700 before options and excluding a flat USD 995 destination and handling fee.

TopElectricSUV says

The 2024 BMW i4 offers superb style, high quality, advanced and intuitive in-cabin electronics, excellent driving dynamics, and a decent range. All that surely comes at a premium over the 2024 Polestar 2 and the 2024 Tesla Model 3, and also with some compromise in space and comfort, but in my opinion, it’s still a highly recommendable option in the mid-size segment for customers who prioritize driving pleasure and luxury.

2024 BMW i4 FAQs

What is the 2024 BMW i4 release date?

The 2024 BMW i4 is available at U.S. dealerships.

What is the 2024 BMW i4 price?

The 2024 BMW i4’s prices start at USD 52,200 (excl. USD 995 destination and handling fee).

Which cars are the 2024 BMW i4 rivals?

The 2024 Tesla Model 3 and the 2024 Polestar 2 are the 2024 BMW i4 rivals.