BMW i5 250kW eDrive40 M Sport Pro 84kWh 4dr Auto Review

Category: Electric car

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RRP £77,105What Car? Target Price£71,771
Fuel type:
electric
Gearbox:
auto
Doors:
4 doors

The BMW i5 is sharper to drive, classier inside and more practical than its main rival, the Mercedes EQE. So, why doesn't it get a five-star rating? Well, while it makes a lot of sense as a company car, it's expensive enough to put off a lot of people who like the idea of an electric 5 Series. If you do get an i5, we recommend the eDrive40 in M Sport trim.

Upgrading from M Sport to M Sport Pro trim brings stylistic changes, such as black exterior highlights, a subtle rear spoiler, an illuminated front grille, red brake callipers and 20in wheels. Whether these things are worth the extra outlay is a matter of personal taste.

With this entry-level motor, the i5 doesn't give you the instant hit of power away from the lights that you might expect from an electric car. However, it's still far from slow, and pulls much harder than the rival Mercedes EQE 300 when you ask for a quick burst of acceleration on the move. It can't travel as far between charges as the EQE, though.


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Key information

Doors4
Seats5
0-62 MPH6 seconds
Fuel TypeElectric
GearboxAUTO
Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

490

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

0

g/km