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BMW i4 M50

Battery Electric
|
271
miles EV range
|
Starting at
TBD
69700
(est.)
*This vehicle is not yet available. Information on this page may be estimated.
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Our Take

Our take

It’s because of the implication. You see, the BMW “M” badge is the stuff of legend. For decades, BMW has been pinning it on some of the finest and most entertaining sports sedans the world has ever known. From the E90 M3 of the 80s right up to today’s M2 competition, that badge implies some pretty stout sporting capability. So now BMW has placed that badge on an EV for the very first time, and the implication is... hold on to your lederhosen.


But maybe also hold the phone. This M badge is complicated. The M50 is not considered a full M car like those lustworthy ancestors. It turns out, M is a spectrum. This M50 feels proper fast between the lights, but the weight and the suspension hardware are not in the category of track weapon, which other M badges imply.


So what does this M stand for then? Well, maybe it's Middle. Like the middle ground between the current crop of EV offerings and those more track-focused internal combustion variants. It's certainly the hottest version of the i4, and easily puts a smile on your face. It's easy on the ears, too - quiet when you want, but put your foot to the floor in Sport mode and you're rewarded with swelling custom-composed Hans Zimmer acceleration score soundtracking 536 unleashed horses. You may only want to do that so much, though. With only 270 miles of range, rationing mileage might require keeping some of those ponies in the barn.


And so we're conflicted about this M50. It's undoubtably a fun car to drive, a brilliant daily driver, and hard to find any serious faults. It seems that maybe that M badge may have misaligned our expectations. Set yours accordingly and the M50 will delight. 

What we love

  • Hans Zimmer soundtrack is very cool
  • It's a hatchback!
  • Superb ride quality

What we don't

  • The range is only adequate
  • Steering feel is numb, not very BMW
  • Peak charge rate lower than Tesla, Hyundai, Kia

EV Vitals

271
TBD
-
mi
EV Range
Why EV Range Is Important

An EV's advertised range is just an estimate. Your mileage may vary, literally! It's important to understand the factors that can affect EV range, so you choose a car that has enough for your lifestyle and habits. Not choosing enough range for your unique needs can prove to be a frustrating and expensive mistake. If you're not sure how range works or how much you need, visit our section on identifying your EV needs.

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Our Take
200
TBD
kW
Peak Charge Rate
Why Charge Rate Is Important

Would you rather charge for 20 minutes, or an hour? That's essentially what charge rate comes down to, how much time you'll spend at the plug. Different EVs are capable of charging at different speeds, so it's important to understand what your car's "Peak" or "Max" Charge Rate is. Charge rate is measured in Kilowatts (kW) and in 2023, the average peak charge rate is about 150kW. The fastest EVs charge at 250kW and above. Plug-In Hybrids will charge much slower. What does this mean for actual charge times? Well there's a little more to it...

Learn more about Charge Speed
80
TBD
MPGe
Efficiency
MPG in hybrid mode
What is MPGe?

MPGe or Miles Per Gallon Equivalent, is a way to compare the relative efficiency of cars using different types of energy. MPGe says there is 33.7 kWh of energy in a single gallon of gas, so we'll use that equivelency to compare to cars using kWh of energy from gas, batteries, or both.

Learn more about MPGe and efficiency
MPG in hybrid mode
If you see a number for "MPG in hybrid mode" on this vehicle page, that's the average gas mileage one can expect AFTER this vehicle's hybrid battery has been depleted. When the battery is used, a plug-in hybrid will operate more like a "full hybrid". For more on the different types of hybrids, check out this article.

Charge times

Charge times are estimated, and based on charging to 80% capacity. Real-world times may vary significantly based on available amperage and environmental conditions.
Learn more about how to anticipate charge times
Level 1
"Plug it into the wall like a toaster"
65
TBD
Hours
Level 2
Upgraded home plug, or public station
9
TBD
Hours
DC Fast
Public rapid charging
N/A
TBD
31
minutes

Compatible Charging

Learn about the different types of EVSE (charging stations)
Green checkmark
SAE CCS
SAE CCS
Green checkmark
J-1772
J-1772
Green checkmark
Tesla
Green checkmark
CHAdeMO
Caution icon
SAE CCS
Caution icon
J-1772
Caution icon
Tesla (select locations, may require adapter)
Tesla
Caution icon
Red X
SAE CCS
Red X
J-1772
Red X
Tesla
Red X
CHAdeMO

Available EV features

  • DC Fast Charging
  • Preconditioning
  • One Pedal Drive
  • Adjustable Regenerative Braking
  • Heat pump
Green checkmark
DC Fast Charging
Green checkmark
DC Fast Charging

3rd party reviews

FEDERAL EV TAX CREDIT

Not Currently Eligible
This vehicle does not currently qualify for the U.S. federal Clean Vehicle Tax Credit.
Additional EV incentives may be available from your state or local utility company

additional Specs

Powertrain:
Battery Electric
Drivetrain:
AWD
Body Style:
Liftback Sedan
,
Seating:
5
Total Driving Range (gas + electric):
271
Miles
Total Electric Range:
271
Miles
TBD
Battery Capacity:
83.9
kW
TBD
Engine:
N/A
0-60 mph:
3.7
Seconds
TBD
Output:
536
hp
TBD
Torque:
586
lb-ft
TBD

Other variants

We've listed other variants only if they affect this vehicle's EV range, performance or efficiency. Additional variants or trim levels may be available.
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