BMW India has brought the BMW i4 premium electric sedan to India, and its aggressive pricing has shaken the recently released Kia EV6 premium electric crossover. Even though the South Korean automaker and the Bavarian auto veteran don’t compete with each other in the Indian market, the fact that the Kia EV6 costs about the same as the BMW i4 has made us wonder: which Rs 60 lakh or more green car should you put your money on?
The base Kia EV6 RWD should be able to compete with cars like the BMW i4 Drive 40. But the price of the Kia EV6 AWD makes it a closer competitor. We compare the top-of-the-line Kia EV6 GT Line AWD and the BMW i4 eDrive 40.Follow our website Stoptechy.com to find out about the most recent news!!!!!
Price of BMW i4 vs. Kia EV6 in India
The BMW i4 eDrive 40 released in India with a price tag of Rs 69.90 lakh for the first year. On the other hand, the Kia EV6 comes in two versions: the GT Line RWD and the GT Line AWD. The starting price for a GT Line RWD is Rs 59.95 lakhs (ex-showroom). While the starting price for a GT Line AWD is Rs 64.95 lakhs (ex-showroom).
Both prices don’t include government subsidies or add-on packages, so they can change depending on what you want. Even though there aren’t many imported high-end electric cars, the EV6 and i4 are just right in terms of size, features, performance, style, and price.
Why CBU imports cost so much: Kia EV6
Buyers will notice that when a company brings in products from around the world through the Completely Built Unit (CBU) import route, as Kia did with the EV6, prices are often much higher than they should be. This is because the tax system used by the Indian government can charge as much as 125 percent, depending on the vehicle. This meant to make it easier for people in the country to find parts, make them, and put them together.
A trend is for niche cars, especially luxury and sports cars, to have prices that are way too high. But many well-known foreign brands have started making and putting together cars locally to keep taxes low and costs down.
BMW i4 vs. Kia EV6: specifications
Power and Reach
The Kia EV6 comes in two different styles, and both have a 77.4kWh battery pack. On the WLTP cycle, the base GT Line RWD and the top-of-the-line GT Line AWD have a range of 528 km. On the other hand, the BMW i4 has a larger 83.9 kWh battery pack, giving it a WLTP-certified range of 590 km. With a claimed range of 500 km or more, these vehicles are good enough for the daily use I made them for.
Regarding the drive train, the Kia EV6 gives you more options. You can choose between rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). The GT Line All-Wheel Drive has two motors, making a total of 325bhp and 605Nm of torque. This makes it possible for the Kia EV6 to go from 0 to 100kmph in 5.2 seconds. The more elegant GT Line RWD goes from 0 to 100kmph in 7.3 seconds and keeps going until it hits its speed limiter, which is set at 185kmph. The car can then speed up to 192kmph, a limit set by electronics.
The BMW i4 is similar to the Kia EV6 GT Line AWD, even though it only has rear-wheel drive. This is because its battery is more extensive and its motor is more powerful. The i4 Drive 40 has an engine with 340bhp and 430Nm of torque. The BMW i4 can go from 0 to 100kmph in 5.7 seconds, which is just a little slower than the EV6. The top speed of the BMW i4 is also higher, at 250kmph.
Weight and Height Off the Ground
With a weight of 1,945kg, the Kia EV6 stays on the lighter side of two tonnes. The bigger battery pack makes the German-made BMW i4 weigh 2,125kg. The Kia EV6, a crossover, sits 178mm higher and has a shorter wheelbase of 2,901mm than the BMW. This should make it safer to drive on Indian roads than the BMW. On the other hand, the BMW i4 is much lower to the ground, and its 2,856mm wheelbase would make it much easier to scrape.
Both the Kia EV6 and the BMW i4 are high-tech electric vehicles with battery systems that charged at different speeds. The Kia EV6 says it has a 350kW fast-charge feature that can bring the battery from 10 to 80% complete in about 18 minutes. At a 50kW outlet, the same storm would take about 73 minutes to charge, and at 7.2kW, it would take about 7 hours and 20 minutes to charge from 10% to 100%.
The battery pack in the BMW i4 is more extensive, and the company says it can only fast charge up to 205kW, which means it would take 31 minutes to charge from 10 to 80 percent. At a 50kW charger, it would take about 83 minutes to do the same thing. At home, the i4’s 11kW home wall-box charger would take about 8.25 hours to charge it from 10% to 100%.
Both cars made for different kinds of people. People interested in the Kia EV6 are likely to like how it looks like a crossover and how its design has won awards. The BMW i4, on the other hand, is a low-slung sedan that still has an elegant design, even though it has big, intimidating kidney grilles up front that are blocked off.
So, design becomes a matter of taste, and both cars look different and futuristic enough to attract the right buyers.
BMW i4 vs. Kia EV6: Verdict
With the Kia EV6 and BMW i4, the cost of importing an EV has gone down a lot and the response from the right buyers says a lot. Both cars are a great deal for the money. And have their own style, with one being a crossover and the other a sedan. But in a market like India, where money is tight, the BMW i4’s price is so close to that of its Korean competitor. That buyers are forced to spend a little more and get the Beemer. Even at the last minute, buyers might decide to go with the German because of its well-known and high quality standards.