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Compare the2022 BMW i4VS 2022 Lexus ES

2022 BMW i4
2022 Lexus ES

Safety

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The i4’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The ES doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the i4 and the ES have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.

The BMW i4 weighs 885 to 1328 pounds more than the Lexus ES. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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The i4’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the ES’ (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the i4 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the ES (3/36,000 vs. 1/10,000).

There are over 44 percent more BMW dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the i4’s warranty.

Engine

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The i4 has more powerful engines than the ES:

Horsepower

Torque

i4 eDrive40 electric motor

335 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

i4 M50 electric motors

536 HP

586 lbs.-ft.

ES 250 AWD 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

203 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

ES 300h 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid

215 HP

n/a

ES 350 3.5 DOHC V6

302 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the i4 gets better mileage than the ES:

MPGe

i4

RWD

18" Wheels Electric Motor

109 city/108 hwy

19" Wheels Electric Motor

100 city/98 hwy

AWD

19" Wheels Electric Motors

94 city/98 hwy

20" Wheels Electric Motors

79 city/80 hwy

ES

MPG

FWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

43 city/44 hwy

3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/32 hwy

F Sport 3.5 DOHC V6

22 city/31 hwy

AWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

The i4’s maximum EPA estimated driving range is 227 to 301 miles on a full charge (depending on model). The ES must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the i4’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Lexus only offers a regenerative brake system on the ES Hybrid.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW i4 higher (10 out of 10) than the Lexus ES (5 to 7). This means the i4 produces up to 19.8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the ES every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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The i4 M50’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The ES doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the i4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ES:

i4 eDrive40

i4 M50

ES

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

12 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

11.1 inches

The i4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the ES are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the i4 has larger standard tires than the ES (225/50R18 vs. 215/55R17). The i4 M50’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ES (F:255/35R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. 235/45R18).

The i4 eDrive40’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the ES’ standard 55 series tires. The i4 M50’s optional 255/35R20 front and 285/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the ES 350 F Sport’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the i4 eDrive40 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the ES. The i4 M50’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the ES 350 F Sport.

Suspension and Handling

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The rear suspension of the i4 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the ES, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The i4 has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The ES doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The i4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (48.7% to 51.3%) than the ES’ (57.4% to 42.6%). This gives the i4 more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

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The i4 is 7.4 inches shorter than the ES, making the i4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW i4 amounts to more than styling. The i4 offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .24 to .25 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the ES (.26 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the i4 get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the i4 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The ES doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity

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To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the i4’s hatch uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the cargo area. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the ES’ useful trunk space.

The i4’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

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The i4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The ES’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The i4’s optional Automatic Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The ES doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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