BMW has a well-established history of developing luxury sports sedans. The 2022 BMW i4 is BMW’s latest entry in the automobile industry’s race for electrification. Based on the 3-Series, this four-door coupe has some stiff competition from both Tesla and Polestar, which are considerably more expensive.
In its class, the i4’s closest competition is the Genesis GV60. Genesis is the luxury division of Hyundai Motor Group. Although Hyundai Motor Company is the parent company of both Hyundai and Genesis, Genesis has been operating independently of Hyundai since 2016.
So, how does the i4 measure up to the GV60? Here are three reasons you should buy the BMW i4 instead of the Genesis GV60.
1. The 2022 BMW i4 is cheaper than the Genesis GV60
The BMW i4 has a starting price of $55,400 before tax incentives. For this price, you can expect performance such as 335 horsepower with rear-wheel drive and a 301-mile range. You will also get features like the Live Cockpit Plus, which features a BMW curved display with a configurable 12.3″ instrument cluster and 14.9″ central information display and dynamic cruise control.
The Genesis GV60 is priced at $58,890 before tax incentives. Among the features that come standard are adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning. Still, initially, it will only be available at specific California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York dealers. So, if you want one, you will have to travel out of state if you don’t happen to live in one of the four states.
2. The i4 has better a fuel economy equivalent than the GV60
The BMW i4 gets an impressive 109 MPGe. According to Car and Driver, the most energy-efficient i4 model is the eDrive40 with the standard 18-inch wheels. These numbers are slightly lower when the larger 19-inch wheels are added, and the more powerful M50 model also gets a slightly lower fuel economy equivalent.
The Genesis GV60, on the other hand, gets an EPA estimated 95 MPGe. Car and Driver reports that the GV60 Performance model will get you a slightly better gas mileage at 97 MPGe, but that hardly justifies the nearly $10,000 price difference. However, this is Genesis’s first EV built from the ground up, so those figures will likely change over time.
3. The BMW i4 has a better driving range
The BMW i4 gets 301 miles on a full charge. Consumer Reports says that both models of the i4 are powered by an 83.9-kWh battery pack, of which 81.5 kWh is actually usable. The battery could theoretically be charged from 10% to 80% in around 30 minutes, thanks to the i4’s ability to accept DC fast charging at rates up to 200 kW. The i4 charges at 11 kW when plugged into a Level 2 outlet, so it takes just over 8 hours to completely recharge the battery.
Alternatively, Consumer Reports says that the GV60 will allow you to go 248 miles between charges due to the 77.4-kWh battery pack, which is slightly smaller than the i4 battery pack. However, it does include the 11 kW onboard charger for faster refills at home.
Both BMW and Genesis have only a few entrants into the EV space compared with other manufacturers, but its first attempts are impressive. Even though the i4 has a leg up in the race, Genesis will likely catch up, given that it is a division of Hyundai. As EVs go, Hyundai has one of the hottest on the market at the moment in the Ioniq 5, which has gotten stellar scores from both Car and Driver and Consumer Reports.