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TEST – BMW i4 hands over profit on this BMW test item

How good is the BMW i4? The BMW i4 competes with the Polestar 2 in this first comparison test. How does the BMW i4 drive? Quite decent, but the BMW i4 stumbles in the test section that BMW normally wins with a whistle.

BMW makes driving great, the Bavarian brand has been saying for years. And indeed, the BMW i4 tested here also drives great. However, it is not the BMW i4 that wins the driving characteristics test, but the Polestar 2. The BMW i4 loses points if we look at the traction of both electric cars. That is not very surprising, because the Polestar 2 from Polestar is equipped with two electric motors and is therefore four-wheel drive, while the BMW i4 only has one. The traction on wet roads is therefore a bit disappointing.

Cold Fair

Due to its dual motor, the Polestar 2 has electric four-wheel drive. However, anyone who thinks they can be faster behind the wheel of the Polestar 2 by simply pressing the right pedal acutely will be disappointed. The power in the limit range must be dosed properly. If you don’t do this, the back can break out. But once you get to know the car, you can also use that to your advantage and take the corner at (very) high speed.

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BMW i4 does what its driver demands

The BMW i4 does not surprise you, it does exactly what its driver requires at that moment. This is partly due to the well-tuned ESP and traction control. They keep the rear-wheel drive BMW i4 neatly in line. What somewhat hinders the driving pleasure of the BMW i4 (apart from the aforementioned lesser traction on wet surfaces) is the too early reduction of the power. That happens automatically.

BMW i4 goes further on a full battery

A test consumption of 20.2 and 21.0 kWh per 100 kilometers for the BMW i4 and the Polestar 2, respectively, are excellent values ​​for such large models. The fact that the BMW i4 goes further on a full battery is mainly due to the 5 kWh larger battery capacity and the excellently functioning brake recuperation. The BMW i4 also has a slight advantage at the charging station. It can charge up to 205 kW, while the Polestar 2 has to do with 155 kW at the fast charger.


The BMW i4 convinces with, among other things, its greater range and better workmanship. Don’t rule out the Polestar 2, though. You get a shovel more power, which is also distributed over all four wheels. This results in a first place in the Driving Characteristics chapter, usually a prey for BMW.

You can find the full comparison test between the BMW i4 and the Polestar 2 in Auto Review 12/22.

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