BMW i4 - What is this thing?
I absolutely love it
The i4 is first and foremost a sports sedan. It is the latest incarnation of the iconic BMW 3 Series, with a platform designed for electrification. That makes it full of pleasing stuff that is not necessarily practical
So it comes in cool colors, has a beautiful interior and a sunroof. There are design cues in the body work and cool stuff like blue light bars all around the interior. The screens meld together to create a very attractive dashboard. All wonderful, but not particularly utilitarian
It's very comfy and well appointed. Aside from being pretty to look at, the i4 is hoot to drive. It handles great and clearly is the fastest car I've ever owned
And, despite all of this, it happens to be a very efficient BEV
I've been driving i3s for six years. Also had 2 plug-in hybrids (Volt, Prius Prime). The i4 is reminiscent of each, but different.
The very idea of a sports sedan ("gran coupe", for a BMW hatchback) is a compromise. And there are some compromises, like the center tunnel. Clearly it was designed to be a BMW 3 Series before it was a BEV. And that is a very good thing. It is a really pleasing car.
When switching the driving setting to Sport mode, the car changes personalities. Dashboard colors change from cool blues to hot reds, throttle response get dialed up and the car acts like a snarling beast. I think it has sound effects to make it sound like a rocket ship
The i4's default position is to drive like a "regular" (ICE) sporty car. But I've been driving EVs for so long that my brain is used to one-pedal driving in a BEV. So I use the settings to make it behave more like a purpose built BEV.
The regenerative braking can be cranked up by a cool feature on the shifter that is reminiscent of the hand brake feature on a Prius. This allows for one-pedal driving. And the Auto Hold feature keeps it from rolling away. So it behaves much like a bigger, faster, sexier version of my i3s
The kid loading my groceries stopped to ask about it. A V-8 Camaro rolled down his window to talk about it. A friend was surprised it was an EV and said it was the prettiest EV he ever saw
Overall, it's a wonderful car. I will try to add some photos in sunshine