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Compare the2022 BMW i4VS 2022 Volkswagen ID.4

2022 BMW i4
2022 Volkswagen ID.4

Safety

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The BMW i4 has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The ID.4 doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The i4 offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The ID.4 only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the i4 and the ID.4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The i4’s corrosion warranty is 5 years and unlimited miles longer than the ID.4’s (12/unlimited vs. 7/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the i4 for 1 year and 16000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the ID.4 (3/36,000 vs. 2/20,000).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2021 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. With 47 fewer problems per 100 vehicles, JD Power ranks BMW higher than Volkswagen.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2022 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW above average in long-term dependability. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles in the first three years of ownership, Volkswagen is rated below average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ January 2021 Auto Issue reports that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks BMW 12 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The i4 eDrive40’s standard electric motor produces 134 more horsepower (335 vs. 201) and 88 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 229) than the ID.4’s standard electric motor. The i4 eDrive40’s electric motor produces 40 more horsepower (335 vs. 295) than the ID.4’s optional electric motors. The i4 M50’s standard electric motors produce 241 more horsepower (536 vs. 295) and 247 lbs.-ft. more torque (586 vs. 339) than the ID.4’s optional electric motors.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The i4 can travel further on a full charge than the ID.4:

Miles

i4

RWD

18" Wheels Electric Motor

301

19" Wheels Electric Motor

282

AWD

19" Wheels Electric Motors

270

20" Wheels Electric Motors

227

ID.4

RWD

Electric Motor

280

S Electric Motor

268

AWD

Electric Motors

251

S Electric Motors

245

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 ID.4 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 ID.4:

i4 eDrive40

i4 M50

ID.4

ID.4 AWD

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

13.4 inches

14.1 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

11” drums

11” drums

The BMW i4 has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the ID.4. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the i4 M50’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ID.4 (F:255/35R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. F:235/55R19 & R:255/50R19).

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 ID.4’s standard 55 series front 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 ID.4 Pro S’ optional 50 series front and 45 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The rear suspension of the i4 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the ID.4, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The i4 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The ID.4’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The i4 has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The ID.4 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the i4’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the ID.4 AWD (112.4 inches vs. 108.7 inches). The i4’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the ID.4 (112.4 inches vs. 108.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the i4 is .2 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the ID.4.

Chassis

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The i4 is 7.6 inches shorter in height than the ID.4, making the i4 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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 ID.4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Servicing Ease

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The i4 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The ID.4 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 33% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 28th.

Ergonomics

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The i4’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The ID.4 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the i4 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The ID.4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 ID.4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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