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After getting a few ads for the BMW i4, I decided to finally take a test drive. I'm on the fence about trading in our FE for a GT when it's out or keeping the FE and adding a totally different car.

The demo unit was the i4 m50, with 536 HP, so it would be a fair fight against the upcoming EV6 GT.

BMW Pros
Handling. During the test drive I took a few hard turns that would have lost traction in the EV6. The i4 in Sport mode stuck like glue. Off the line it did not disappoint either, but it wasn't Model S level punch. The EV6 has always been enough in Sport mode.

The BMW infotainment was a win. Resolution is sharper and it looks more modern.

Resale. This is debatable but I found the argument online in the comment section somewhere. A BMW on the used market is highly desirable. Not sure how many aspire to own a used Kia.

EV6 Pros
BMW climate controls are almost 100% on screen. We might be annoyed with shared buttons on the EV6 but these are better than no buttons and knobs at all. The BMW I drove didn't have cooled seats.

Styling. My wife prefers the EV6 interior, especially the fabric dash. The i4 has just as much plastic but it's not cleverly done. She says the exterior on the BMW is not a head turner.

Rear seat space. The roofline on the BMW is sloped and leaves little headroom for anyone over 5'8". There's a transmission tunnel hump in the rear seat leftover from the ICE version of the car.

Trunk space. They're so close going by appearance alone. The BMW has a power supply included. It doesn't have a seat release in the trunk. You have to reach inside to drop the seats.
Think the EV6 front trunk is small? Theres no front trunk storage space at all on the BMW.

Noise. I heard more wind noise while driving the BMW. I had to check all the windows were up. The piped in fake engine sounds are not as tastefully done as the Kia's. I assume they can be turned off. Vibration and harshness were about the same on both cars.

Dimensions. The two cars are about the same size outside. Front clearance on the EV6 is higher.

Image. This is just my opinion but I make better first impressions in a Kia. If clients or employers see my car or even just the key, they won't think I'm high priced.

Here are two pictures I snapped before I thought of posting here. Sorry about the tree.

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its like they have forgot its an eclectic car.
This is the drawback of starting with an ICE platform to make an EV instead of going purpose-built from scratch. The grille and what you get under the hood/bonnet leave me scratching my head.

The interior space utilization on the EV6 is phenomenal. The BMW interior space is unremarkable. Also missing from this M tuned model were the good BMW seats. My guess is this is aimed at someone who has always had BMW cars or has always wanted one. I wanted one long ago when the M3 was in car magazines. Not today.
 

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Here is some information regarding unit that use brushes to magnetize rotor ( it has no magnets, this approach is more efficient and have no resistance when coasting because there is no magnets on the rotor
I see. So we can expect less of an efficiency penalty at highway speeds in the long range (322~ hp) BMW compared to the AWD EV6.
BTW the link didn't come through but I did find this from Motor Trend.
 

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Here’s one big win for the BMW: their customer service is MUCH better than Kia’s.
I have to give it to BMW on that one. My local Kia dealer gives me a shuttle ride home and picks me up because I live within their ten mile range. A loaner vehicle beats that for sure.

I've said I bought the Kia over Tesla for the service. In that same vein, if something went wrong away from home, I'd rather end up at a BMW service center anywhere in the nation versus the nearest Kia service center.
 
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