The BMW I4 M50 from the makers of the self-clamed Ultimate Driving Machines made us fans of electric vehicles. This EV, based on the 4 series Gran Coupe, has 4 doors, seats 5 passengers, and is equipped with a hatchback opening into the passenger compartment. But most importantly, this EV makes full use of the electric engine’s instant torque to propel this I4 from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. The I4 M50 is a great daily driver, with all the comforts and segment perks of the legendary 3&4 series BMWs spanning the last 4 decades. However, what we loved most about this EV is that it felt like a proper sports sedan. While behind the wheel, we often forgot that we were driving an electric vehicle. With nearly all the excitement of the gasoline-powered BMW M4, you never have to worry about waiting in line at a gas station: win-win!
The car is set up for great handling, with Bavarian engineers imbuing this sports sedan with some voodoo and magic to make the extra heft of the hefty battery pack feel almost weightless; the car doesn’t feel heavy when hugging corners, and is not as prone to heavy understeer like most EVs. It is somewhat unusual to accelerate in silence as the whispering electric motor does its job, although when you’re ready to have some fun with it, the sport mode will pipe a whooshing sound through the speakers to make you feel like you are accelerating the Starship Enterprise.
The home charger that comes with it is easy to use, and if your commute only involves short trips, you could probably get away with using just the home charger with a standard electric outlet, versus having to install the 240v fast charger. The car also features regenerative breaking, so you get to recoup some energy when stopping.
While a comfortably docile vehicle for the everyday commute, be prepared to fight an uncontrollable urge to slap it into Sports Mode and go warp 10 at every stop light. This car begs to be driven fast, and rewards you with an interactive and encompassing driving experience complete with the sound and feel one expects of the best gasoline-powered sports sedans. Overall this was a fun, smooth ride, perfect for zooming down the highway, or just getting to work on your daily commute, and a great purchase for anyone interested in purchasing an electric vehicle without sacrificing sports and performance.