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Received on 7/24. I just checked back to my pre-order confirmation email which was 7/5/21, so took nearly 13 months. After about 10 days of ownership, here are some of my thoughts.

1. First off, this is my first ever EV. I've been a proud owner of BMW vehicles for just about 15 years now and loved every one I own. I've even owned a 4 series gran coupe in the past. So the transition has been extremely smooth. I was driving a 540i before this car and going over I still get that BMW drive and feel I've been so accustomed too.

2. The range. I've been capping the charge at 80% as recommended by the system. I drove about 140 miles in a single round-trip shortly after purchasing the vehicle and I was down to 35%. Similarly, later in the week I drove about 140 miles round-trip on another route on 71% charge and was down to 20%. So I've been mightily impressed with the range on this vehicle. I have the M-sport package with the 19" wheels which estimates a range of 282 miles. I feel like I can get about 300 miles if I went up to 100% battery capacity. All driving was done in B-mode with full regeneration capacity and driving at a consistent speed on the highway.

3. B-mode with full regeneration capacity was something very foreign to me initially, but after 2-3 drives with it has now become second nature. After 10 days I am fully comfortable with it and actually much prefer it to having to move my foot over to the brake pedal.

4. The single block touch screen spanning from the digital instrument cluster to the infotainment center is VERY impressive. The resolution on it is very sharp and using the touchscreen it is very responsive. I was always having issues connecting apple CarPlay on my previous 5 series, but in the 10 days thus far no connectivity issues whatsoever. I'm in love with iDrive 8. It does take some getting used to initially, but once you get the hang of it, not too bad. I do wish the physical climate control buttons still existed rather than having to rely on the touch screen for so much. One cool feature however is the you can create up to 4 shortcuts that when you swipe down on the screen will sow up and you can just click easily to a shortcut. You can also change your odometer in the instrument cluster to different looks and one cool thing is that with apple CarPlay you will get Apple Maps giving you directions on the instrument cluster panel between your odometer readings. You can even change how you want your HUD to look. So lots of customization options.

5. The instant torque and speed you can get from this car is AMAZING, but also very dangerous. I'm always tempted on an empty, long stretch of road to just floor it and zoom. You get slammed back into your seat and it is a rush.

6. Charging. I installed a home charger using the nema 14-50 adapter provided by BMW. I had one charge from 5%-80% which was completed in just about 7 hours. Home charging is very easy to do overnight. I just plug it in and the myBMW app gives me an estimated time of complete charge and will send me another notification once the charge is complete. You also get a history of all your charging sessions within the app. I used the Electrify America charging station nearest my home and that was an experience. It showed 4 charging stations available before I left home. Once I got to the charging station, 1 of the stations was broken down, another was taken up by an EV which had an 80 minute idle fee up to that point, which left 2 chargers. I had to wait about 30 minutes for a station to open up. And the station that opened up was 150KW as compared to the others being 350kw. I was given my Electrify America digital card which was stored in my apple wallet. So a 30 min charge brought me from 20%-40%. I noticed on my receipt after completing the charge that I was charged $0.00, however there was a $10 charge on my credit card. I'm assuming that Electrify America wants you to keep a minimum balance of $10 on your account. I don't see myself using fast charging stations too much as I don't see myself taking this car for road trips. More of just a commuter car and weekend drives.

Overall, these are my impressions after 10 days with the car. I'm still learning thing about the car everyday, but I am very much enjoying it. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.


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Congrats and thanks for sharing your first impressions.
 

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Very beautiful car.
I noticed that Comfort Access is included.
Does hand-free tailgate also work ?
Thank you.
Yes, Comfort Access is included. If I have the Key fob on me I can program it so that whenever I get within a certain range of the car it will unlock the vehicle for me, similarly when I move away from the car at a certain range it will automatically lock for me as well. I don't have to press any buttons, the key fob being in my pants pocket. They also give you the digital key option, where you can add a digital key to your iPhone wallet and just tap your phone near the driver side door and unlock it, then place your phone in the wireless charging tray and start the car. Additionally they give you a physical card which can be used as a key, similarly you tap it again the handle and place it in the charging tray and it can act as a key as well.

No, unfortunately due to the chips shortage hand-free tailgate was unavailable on my model, which I sorely miss as this was a feature I have been using on my BMW vehicles for years now. They deducted $100 from the price of the car for this.
 

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Yes, Comfort Access is included. If I have the Key fob on me I can program it so that whenever I get within a certain range of the car it will unlock the vehicle for me, similarly when I move away from the car at a certain range it will automatically lock for me as well. I don't have to press any buttons, the key fob being in my pants pocket. They also give you the digital key option, where you can add a digital key to your iPhone wallet and just tap your phone near the driver side door and unlock it, then place your phone in the wireless charging tray and start the car. Additionally they give you a physical card which can be used as a key, similarly you tap it again the handle and place it in the charging tray and it can act as a key as well.

No, unfortunately due to the chips shortage hand-free tailgate was unavailable on my model, which I sorely miss as this was a feature I have been using on my BMW vehicles for years now. They deducted $100 from the price of the car for this.
Hi Sunnya23,

Thank you for detailed explain. Guess I will use key fob since it's most convenient.
My car (on the sea right now) also removed hand-free tailgate. Although it's a "nice to have", but I feel unhappy that I really want to give it a try.
 

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A heads up/hack: The i4 is only rated to fast charge at 200kwh and to be honest the 150kwh EA charger usually gives me more consistent speeds. Sounds counter intuitive but I think they might be faster.

I have a cancelled reservation I picked up so no AWD, but I'll see how my RWD does in upstate NY winter. Thinking about putting a reservation in before Dec 31 so I can still get the tax credit on the more expensive trim, I've heard that it will be honored.
 

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Congrats! Great looking car. We had a similar vehicle ordered. Yesterday, our rep at the dealership called and said he had a similar car available now. Same color, very similar options. So, we went and took a look and brought it home last night. Getting electrical work done and a level 2 charger installed next week.
 

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Congrats! I noticed you didn't get the personal eSim option. Can you confirm if it's available in the connceted store app for purchase ? My car wasn't ordered with one and is been sitting at the VDC (Galveston) for over a week now.
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I'm not sure to be honest, I have a weird build. I have Dapp but not pap.. which can't be configured today, I called to see if I could add and they said no. Basically if it's a hardware thing you probably can't.
 

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Hi Sunny, congrats on the new ride!

I am currently enjoying a '18 540i. I was contemplating going to an EV next year with the new G60 i5, but have been thinking that an i4 E40 strikes a good balance of size, weight and performance for an EV.

Could you please comment on the size, accommodations, and comfort of the i4 v. your 540? Thanks!
 

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Congrats! I noticed you didn't get the personal eSim option. Can you confirm if it's available in the connceted store app for purchase ? My car wasn't ordered with one and is been sitting at the VDC (Galveston) for over a week now.
TIA
eSIM is hardware.
 
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Received on 7/24. I just checked back to my pre-order confirmation email which was 7/5/21, so took nearly 13 months. After about 10 days of ownership, here are some of my thoughts.

1. First off, this is my first ever EV. I've been a proud owner of BMW vehicles for just about 15 years now and loved every one I own. I've even owned a 4 series gran coupe in the past. So the transition has been extremely smooth. I was driving a 540i before this car and going over I still get that BMW drive and feel I've been so accustomed too.

2. The range. I've been capping the charge at 80% as recommended by the system. I drove about 140 miles in a single round-trip shortly after purchasing the vehicle and I was down to 35%. Similarly, later in the week I drove about 140 miles round-trip on another route on 71% charge and was down to 20%. So I've been mightily impressed with the range on this vehicle. I have the M-sport package with the 19" wheels which estimates a range of 282 miles. I feel like I can get about 300 miles if I went up to 100% battery capacity. All driving was done in B-mode with full regeneration capacity and driving at a consistent speed on the highway.

3. B-mode with full regeneration capacity was something very foreign to me initially, but after 2-3 drives with it has now become second nature. After 10 days I am fully comfortable with it and actually much prefer it to having to move my foot over to the brake pedal.

4. The single block touch screen spanning from the digital instrument cluster to the infotainment center is VERY impressive. The resolution on it is very sharp and using the touchscreen it is very responsive. I was always having issues connecting apple CarPlay on my previous 5 series, but in the 10 days thus far no connectivity issues whatsoever. I'm in love with iDrive 8. It does take some getting used to initially, but once you get the hang of it, not too bad. I do wish the physical climate control buttons still existed rather than having to rely on the touch screen for so much. One cool feature however is the you can create up to 4 shortcuts that when you swipe down on the screen will sow up and you can just click easily to a shortcut. You can also change your odometer in the instrument cluster to different looks and one cool thing is that with apple CarPlay you will get Apple Maps giving you directions on the instrument cluster panel between your odometer readings. You can even change how you want your HUD to look. So lots of customization options.

5. The instant torque and speed you can get from this car is AMAZING, but also very dangerous. I'm always tempted on an empty, long stretch of road to just floor it and zoom. You get slammed back into your seat and it is a rush.

6. Charging. I installed a home charger using the nema 14-50 adapter provided by BMW. I had one charge from 5%-80% which was completed in just about 7 hours. Home charging is very easy to do overnight. I just plug it in and the myBMW app gives me an estimated time of complete charge and will send me another notification once the charge is complete. You also get a history of all your charging sessions within the app. I used the Electrify America charging station nearest my home and that was an experience. It showed 4 charging stations available before I left home. Once I got to the charging station, 1 of the stations was broken down, another was taken up by an EV which had an 80 minute idle fee up to that point, which left 2 chargers. I had to wait about 30 minutes for a station to open up. And the station that opened up was 150KW as compared to the others being 350kw. I was given my Electrify America digital card which was stored in my apple wallet. So a 30 min charge brought me from 20%-40%. I noticed on my receipt after completing the charge that I was charged $0.00, however there was a $10 charge on my credit card. I'm assuming that Electrify America wants you to keep a minimum balance of $10 on your account. I don't see myself using fast charging stations too much as I don't see myself taking this car for road trips. More of just a commuter car and weekend drives.

Overall, these are my impressions after 10 days with the car. I'm still learning thing about the car everyday, but I am very much enjoying it. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.


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Received on 7/24. I just checked back to my pre-order confirmation email which was 7/5/21, so took nearly 13 months. After about 10 days of ownership, here are some of my thoughts.

1. First off, this is my first ever EV. I've been a proud owner of BMW vehicles for just about 15 years now and loved every one I own. I've even owned a 4 series gran coupe in the past. So the transition has been extremely smooth. I was driving a 540i before this car and going over I still get that BMW drive and feel I've been so accustomed too.

2. The range. I've been capping the charge at 80% as recommended by the system. I drove about 140 miles in a single round-trip shortly after purchasing the vehicle and I was down to 35%. Similarly, later in the week I drove about 140 miles round-trip on another route on 71% charge and was down to 20%. So I've been mightily impressed with the range on this vehicle. I have the M-sport package with the 19" wheels which estimates a range of 282 miles. I feel like I can get about 300 miles if I went up to 100% battery capacity. All driving was done in B-mode with full regeneration capacity and driving at a consistent speed on the highway.

3. B-mode with full regeneration capacity was something very foreign to me initially, but after 2-3 drives with it has now become second nature. After 10 days I am fully comfortable with it and actually much prefer it to having to move my foot over to the brake pedal.

4. The single block touch screen spanning from the digital instrument cluster to the infotainment center is VERY impressive. The resolution on it is very sharp and using the touchscreen it is very responsive. I was always having issues connecting apple CarPlay on my previous 5 series, but in the 10 days thus far no connectivity issues whatsoever. I'm in love with iDrive 8. It does take some getting used to initially, but once you get the hang of it, not too bad. I do wish the physical climate control buttons still existed rather than having to rely on the touch screen for so much. One cool feature however is the you can create up to 4 shortcuts that when you swipe down on the screen will sow up and you can just click easily to a shortcut. You can also change your odometer in the instrument cluster to different looks and one cool thing is that with apple CarPlay you will get Apple Maps giving you directions on the instrument cluster panel between your odometer readings. You can even change how you want your HUD to look. So lots of customization options.

5. The instant torque and speed you can get from this car is AMAZING, but also very dangerous. I'm always tempted on an empty, long stretch of road to just floor it and zoom. You get slammed back into your seat and it is a rush.

6. Charging. I installed a home charger using the nema 14-50 adapter provided by BMW. I had one charge from 5%-80% which was completed in just about 7 hours. Home charging is very easy to do overnight. I just plug it in and the myBMW app gives me an estimated time of complete charge and will send me another notification once the charge is complete. You also get a history of all your charging sessions within the app. I used the Electrify America charging station nearest my home and that was an experience. It showed 4 charging stations available before I left home. Once I got to the charging station, 1 of the stations was broken down, another was taken up by an EV which had an 80 minute idle fee up to that point, which left 2 chargers. I had to wait about 30 minutes for a station to open up. And the station that opened up was 150KW as compared to the others being 350kw. I was given my Electrify America digital card which was stored in my apple wallet. So a 30 min charge brought me from 20%-40%. I noticed on my receipt after completing the charge that I was charged $0.00, however there was a $10 charge on my credit card. I'm assuming that Electrify America wants you to keep a minimum balance of $10 on your account. I don't see myself using fast charging stations too much as I don't see myself taking this car for road trips. More of just a commuter car and weekend drives.

Overall, these are my impressions after 10 days with the car. I'm still learning thing about the car everyday, but I am very much enjoying it. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.


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Congratulations and thanks for the detailed experience...I have a question though maybe some has already asked...Would the RWD good for New England weather?
 

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Congratulations and thanks for the detailed experience...I have a question though maybe some has already asked...Would the RWD good for New England weather?
Well here is my take, the car is really heavy so I think it honestly would be fine. Most people also don't realize AWD only helps when you are accelerating. I haven't driven the car in adverse weather yet. I would say with snow tires it probably won't be much different than any other FWD vehicle.
I'm fortunate to work exclusively from home so I don't have to drive in a lot of adverse weather, but I'm also from Buffalo so Im also fairly experienced doing it. I think it all boils down to comfort when roads are slick on what to choose.
 

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Received on 7/24. I just checked back to my pre-order confirmation email which was 7/5/21, so took nearly 13 months. After about 10 days of ownership, here are some of my thoughts.

1. First off, this is my first ever EV. I've been a proud owner of BMW vehicles for just about 15 years now and loved every one I own. I've even owned a 4 series gran coupe in the past. So the transition has been extremely smooth. I was driving a 540i before this car and going over I still get that BMW drive and feel I've been so accustomed too.

2. The range. I've been capping the charge at 80% as recommended by the system. I drove about 140 miles in a single round-trip shortly after purchasing the vehicle and I was down to 35%. Similarly, later in the week I drove about 140 miles round-trip on another route on 71% charge and was down to 20%. So I've been mightily impressed with the range on this vehicle. I have the M-sport package with the 19" wheels which estimates a range of 282 miles. I feel like I can get about 300 miles if I went up to 100% battery capacity. All driving was done in B-mode with full regeneration capacity and driving at a consistent speed on the highway.

3. B-mode with full regeneration capacity was something very foreign to me initially, but after 2-3 drives with it has now become second nature. After 10 days I am fully comfortable with it and actually much prefer it to having to move my foot over to the brake pedal.

4. The single block touch screen spanning from the digital instrument cluster to the infotainment center is VERY impressive. The resolution on it is very sharp and using the touchscreen it is very responsive. I was always having issues connecting apple CarPlay on my previous 5 series, but in the 10 days thus far no connectivity issues whatsoever. I'm in love with iDrive 8. It does take some getting used to initially, but once you get the hang of it, not too bad. I do wish the physical climate control buttons still existed rather than having to rely on the touch screen for so much. One cool feature however is the you can create up to 4 shortcuts that when you swipe down on the screen will sow up and you can just click easily to a shortcut. You can also change your odometer in the instrument cluster to different looks and one cool thing is that with apple CarPlay you will get Apple Maps giving you directions on the instrument cluster panel between your odometer readings. You can even change how you want your HUD to look. So lots of customization options.

5. The instant torque and speed you can get from this car is AMAZING, but also very dangerous. I'm always tempted on an empty, long stretch of road to just floor it and zoom. You get slammed back into your seat and it is a rush.

6. Charging. I installed a home charger using the nema 14-50 adapter provided by BMW. I had one charge from 5%-80% which was completed in just about 7 hours. Home charging is very easy to do overnight. I just plug it in and the myBMW app gives me an estimated time of complete charge and will send me another notification once the charge is complete. You also get a history of all your charging sessions within the app. I used the Electrify America charging station nearest my home and that was an experience. It showed 4 charging stations available before I left home. Once I got to the charging station, 1 of the stations was broken down, another was taken up by an EV which had an 80 minute idle fee up to that point, which left 2 chargers. I had to wait about 30 minutes for a station to open up. And the station that opened up was 150KW as compared to the others being 350kw. I was given my Electrify America digital card which was stored in my apple wallet. So a 30 min charge brought me from 20%-40%. I noticed on my receipt after completing the charge that I was charged $0.00, however there was a $10 charge on my credit card. I'm assuming that Electrify America wants you to keep a minimum balance of $10 on your account. I don't see myself using fast charging stations too much as I don't see myself taking this car for road trips. More of just a commuter car and weekend drives.

Overall, these are my impressions after 10 days with the car. I'm still learning thing about the car everyday, but I am very much enjoying it. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.


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Super cool they put it in the showroom like that with the bow on it. My dealer did something very similar. It was the small room with the charger and they had it covered. When I got there they unveiled it to me and made pretty big deal out of it. As well these dealerships should. We waited long enough. LOL.
 

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Well here is my take, the car is really heavy so I think it honestly would be fine. Most people also don't realize AWD only helps when you are accelerating. I haven't driven the car in adverse weather yet. I would say with snow tires it probably won't be much different than any other FWD vehicle.
I'm fortunate to work exclusively from home so I don't have to drive in a lot of adverse weather, but I'm also from Buffalo so Im also fairly experienced doing it. I think it all boils down to comfort when roads are slick on what to choose.
BMW talks about their AWD being valuable during normal driving and not just acceleration… I can’t find the video just now, but I know I watched it!
 
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