2022 BMW i4 vs 2022 Polestar 2

BMW has a well-established history of developing luxury sports sedans, and now the automaker has set its sights on dominating the all-electric segment with its new 2022 i4. The BMW i4 is about the size of a 3 Series and offers an engaging driving experience. If you’re looking for an alternative to the Tesla Model 3, this could be it. But there’s another little EV that’s also vying for your attention: the Pole star 2

The Polestar 2 comes from Volvo’s emerging EV-only Polestar brand. It features excellent handling and impressive technology. Which electric sedan – with a hatchback-style trunk – is the better buy? Edmunds’ experts compared them to find out.

RANGE AND CHARGING

Range and charging should be a top priority, even if you’re looking for a performance EV. For 2022, the i4 has an EPA estimated driving range from 227-301 miles, depending on model and configuration. On paper, Polestar 2’s EPA range is not that high. It is estimated between 249 and 270 miles.

Edmunds also conducted his real-world range testing on both cars. Here the twin-engine i4 M50 version drove 268 miles on a full charge and the twin-engine Polestar 2 288 miles. That puts the Polestar in the top half of Edmunds’ EV range standings, and the i4 in the bottom half.

Charging both vehicles at home with an empty battery takes about the same time. When using a public DC fast charging station, the BMW’s slightly higher peak charge rate may get you back on the road a little earlier.

Winner: Polestar 2

COMFORT

Luxury sports sedans have to perform, but also offer a lot of comfort. In terms of ride comfort, both rivals are very comfortable, even with their sporty tuned suspensions. The Polestar’s seats, however, have more cushioning and offer more support and comfort.

The passenger compartment is fairly even, but the Polestar 2 has slightly more head and legroom in the front. The Swede also offers more cargo space in its hatchback-style trunk. EVs are naturally quiet, so it’s important to keep the cab insulated from outside noise. Both sports sedans excel at this, but expect a quieter driving experience in the Polestar.

Winner: Polestar 2

DRIVING PERFORMANCE

Power and solid driving dynamics are crucial for sports sedans, and both EVs deliver. The i4 eDrive40 produces 335 horsepower and the M50 469 horsepower, or even more in short bursts. The Polestar offers less grunt: 231-408 horsepower. The power difference was apparent in Edmunds’ testing. The M50 reached 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds and the twin-engine Polestar 2 in 4.3 seconds.

While BMW has certainly made up for the “motorcycle” part of its name, it’s lost its way for when the road gets twisty. The i4’s steering doesn’t give much of a feel for the road, and the stability control system tends to kill the fun when cornering hard. It may seem strange, but the Polestar 2 is actually the more playful and engaging EV for driving on a deserted road.

Winner: draw

TECHNOLOGY AND DRIVING AIDS

The BMW and Polestar have impressive technology and feature digital instrument panels and large touchscreens. However, the horizontal touchscreen of the i4 is larger than the vertical of the Polestar. The i4’s touchscreen interface works very well and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

Inside the Polestar you’ll find a Google Android-based operating system that works much like a smartphone and includes apps like Google Maps. But we didn’t find it as feature-packed as the BMW’s interface.

When it comes to advanced driver aids, such as adaptive cruise control, BMW and Polestar are a bit stingy. They include some standard driving aids, but the rest is optional. But we like that both cars’ aids are helpful while driving and not overly intrusive.

Winner: i4

PRICE AND VALUE

The BMW i4 eDrive40 starts at $56,295, and the M50 at $66,995 destination. The starting price for the single-motor Polestar 2 is $49,800 and the two-motor model is $3,500 more, or $53,300. The price gap is significant, but the power difference and BMW’s brand name recognition may be worth it for some. The $7,500 federal tax credit can be applied to either EV.

Standard and optional features between the two are similar, as are their warranties and free maintenance plans. Both rivals also have solid build quality and interiors that look and feel great for the price.

The Polestar’s slightly lower pricing is attractive, but BMW’s brand awareness and its expanded dealer network even score.

Winner: draw

EDMONDS SAYS:

You’ll probably be happy with both EVs. In Edmunds’ scores, they are in fact statistically equal. Can’t decide? Buy the Polestar for superior comfort and handling. But for brand awareness and rocket-like acceleration, get the BMW.

This story was provided to The Associated Press by the car website Edmunds

Michael Cantu is an employee at Edmunds and can be followed on Instagram

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