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Laurance Yap
May 2023
The BMW i4 wraps up the traditional advantages of electric driving with all of the things we love about BMW. To spec the perfect i4, we spoke to John Moyer, New Car Sales Manager at BMW of Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn more about the perfect build for this new i4 electric car.
The BMW i4 parked by the ocean

The Best of All Worlds

BMW is one of the originals in the electric-car space. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 10 years since the original i3 and i8 were introduced, ushering in electric drive along with carbon-core construction and a host of other innovations. Now, the company is on a real push to electrify its entire lineup; the iX crossover’s arrival is imminent, with the i4 Gran Coupe, the subject of today’s feature, not far behind. We’re excited about the i4 because it wraps up the traditional advantages of electric driving (zero emissions, instant torque, high technology) with all of the things we love about BMW (sleek styling, great handling, and what promises to be an awesome driving experience). In that sense, we think it combines the best of both worlds.

How We'd Spec a BMW i4

To spec the perfect i4, we spoke to John Moyer, New Car Sales Manager at BMW of Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He’s actually thinking of ordering an i4 for himself, and the following specs reflect his personal taste as well as recommendations for best price and performance.

2022 BMW i4 M50

2022 BMW i4 M50: Starting MSRP $65,900

Moyer chose the more powerful M50 model, with 536 horsepower instead of 335, not for the extra power, but because the dual-motor M50 comes with all-wheel drive, an important consideration for Michigan winters.

Side front view of 2022 BMW i4 M50 with lake background

Brooklyn Grey Metallic: $550

“It’s a new color for 2022,” says Moyer. “And Brooklyn Grey looks fantastic on everything we’ve seen it on.”

2022 BMW i4 M50 with 19-in Aero Wheels

19-Inch M Bi-Color Midnight Grey Aero Wheels, Style 860M: $0

All-Season Non Run-Flat Tires: $0

Your choice of wheels can significantly impact your range on an electric vehicle. While large, open-spoke wheel designs are more attractive, these Aero wheels significantly improve the i4 M50’s rated range, up to 370 miles. “That’s a compromise I’m willing to make and it’s still a neat-looking wheel.”

2022 BMW i4 M50 with M badging stripes

High-Gloss Shadowline Trim: $400

Replaces the chrome exterior trim with high-gloss black, which matches better with the Brooklyn Grey paint.

2022 BMW i4 M50 interior front view

Tacora Red Vernasca Leather with Contrast Stitching: $1,450

While synthetic leather is available, Moyer thinks real leather, with contrasting stitching, is a better fit for the premium price of the M50.

2022 BMW i4 M50 rear view

Aluminum Trim with Mesh Effect: $0

Tacora Red is a new color for 2022, and he’s paired it with a mesh-effect aluminum trim to speak to the high-tech nature of the car.

2022 BMW i4 M50 heating elements in steering wheel and seats

Premium Package: $950

The Premium package includes heated seats and steering wheel along with variable ambient lighting and other luxury features.

2022 BMW i4 M50 with Harmon/Kardon sound

Harman Kardon Surround Sound System: $875

Harman Kardon surround sound upgrades the performance of the stereo to match the car.

2022 BMW i4 M50 safety sensors detecting all around the car

Driving Assistance Professional Package: $1,700

“This car is all about the technology,” says Moyer. The driving assistance package includes active cruise control, lane departure warning, and other active safety features.

2022 BMW i4 M50 parking sensor detecting objects around the car

Parking Assistance Package: $700

Parking assistance has a 3D surround view to make parking easier.

2022 BMW i4 M50 with wireless device charging and personal 5G connectivity

Wireless Device Charging: $200

Personal eSIM 5G: $300

A 5G eSIM and wireless charging enhances the infotainment experience.

2022 BMW i4 M50 Heads up display showing map directions

Head-Up Display: $1,000

This futuristic heads-up display lets you keep your eyes on the road.

2022 BMW i4 M50 interior view of cockpit area

Destination & Handling: $995

There was a little extra added for vehicle delivery, since this vehicle wasn't available locally.

2022 BMW i4 M50 profile view

Total Price With Addons (Based on MSRP) $75,020

The final price for this spec-perfect BMW i4 came to just over $75,000, before EV incentives and other potential savings. Find out how much you can save with the GreenCars EV Incentive tool.