BMW i4 Price Front
The BMW i4 has slightly bigger battery pack and marginally better range

BMW i4 vs Kia EV6 GT Line spec comparo reveals how closely both the EVs match in all aspects

The much-awaited BMW i4 vs Kia EV6 GT Line EV battle is here. We have pitted BMW’s latest conventional IC inspired EV, the i4, against the upcoming Kia EV6 GT Line that’s built on a pure EV platform from grounds up.

Interestingly both the cars are nearly neck-to-neck in almost all the aspects and it would surely be difficult for you to choose between the 2.

If we were to necessarily differentiate the 2, all we can say is that the BMW excels more on overall range and performance while the EV6 GT Line takes the crown in the safety department.

SpecificationBMW i4 eDrive40Kia EV6 GT-Line RWDKia EV6 GT-Line e-AWD
Body TypeLuxury SedanCrossoverCrossover
Range (WLTP)590 km528 km441 km
Battery Capacity83.9 kWh77.4 kWh77.4 kWh
Emergency Charge Range164 km in 10 minutes100 km in 4.5 minutes100 km in 4.5 minutes
Fast Charging Time (10-80%)31 minutes at 205 kW supply18 minutes at 350 kW supply18 minutes at 350 kW supply
Power335 HP225 HP320 HP
Torque430 Nm350 Nm605 Nm
Acceleration (0-100 km/hr)5.7 seconds7.3 seconds5.2 seconds
Top Speed190 km/hr183 km/hr187 km/hr
Tires225/55 R17235/55 R19235/55 R19
Boot Space470 litres520 litres520 litres
Ground Clearance125 mm155 mm155 mm
Dimensions (L,W,H)4783, 1852, 1448 mm4694, 1890, 1544 mm4694, 1890, 1544 mm
Wheelbase2856 mm2901 mm2901 mm
Kerb Weight2125 kg1930 kg2042 kg
Turning Radius6.25 metres5.8 metres5.8 metres
Front SuspensionDouble Joint Spring Strut AxleMacPherson StrutMacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension5-link AxleMulti-link AxleMulti-link Axle
BrakesAll-wheel Disc325 mm All-wheel Disc325 mm All-wheel Disc
Airbag Count888
Instrument Cluster12.3 inch12.3 inch Curved12.3 inch Curved
Infotainment SystemHD 14.9 inch Curved12.3 inch Curved12.3 inch Curved
Music System17-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound14-speaker Meridian Premium Audio14-speaker Meridian Premium Audio
Ex-showroom PriceRs. 69.90 lakhsRs. 65 lakhsRs. 70 lakhs
Both the cars are nearly neck-to-neck in specifications

Exteriors – While the i4 is a limousine kind of luxury sedan, the EV6 GT Line is a new age crossover that’s first-of-its-kind in the world and takes no inspiration from an IC vehicle.

However, both the cars get all round LED treatment, auto-folding heated ORVMs, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, and auto boot opening mechanism.

The i4 gets 3 colours – Black Sapphire, Skyscraper Grey, and Mineral White while the EV6 GT Line gets 4 colours – Moonscape, Snow White Pearl, Runway Red, Aurora Black Pearl, and Yacht Blue.

Both the cars have poor ground clearances and it must be seen how they perform in our road conditions. The Kia rides on bigger wheels and tires though.

Interiors – Both the cars fight tough when it comes to the inside. The EVs get large 12.3-inch instrument clusters but the BMW gets a bigger infotainment system.

While both the cars gets ambient mood lights, the Kia gets the option to choose from a huge collection of 64 colours. Kia’s seats are made of Suede leather with vegan bolsters too.

The i4 can be had with a choice of 2 kinds of seats – Sensatec perforated Canberra Beige Black or Cognac Black.

Kia EV6 Front
The Kia EV6 scores more on ADAS functionalities

The EV6 features an augmented reality head up display and 64-colour ambient mood lighting while i4 gets the luxurious auto parking assistant.

Powertrain – While the BMW comes only with a lone motor and a rear wheel drive system, the Kia also gets a dual motor variant, e-AWD, with a 4-wheel drive system.

When it comes to outright power, it’s the BMW which sits on top with 335 HP that’s even higher than the combined output of the EV6’s dual motors. But on torque numbers, Kia’s dual motors put a massive 605 Nm and lead comfortably.

BMW posts a higher top speed, but it’s the 4-wheel drive EV6 that’s faster off the start line. Kia’s faster acceleration could also be due to its slightly lower kerb weight.

Battery Pack and Range – The BMW i4 gets a slightly bigger battery pack than the Kia EV6 and that shows up in its slightly improved range of 590 km against Kia’s 528 km and 441 km range of the RWD and e-AWD variants.

While the BMW can run 164 km in 10 minutes of emergency fast charging, the EV6 slightly betters it as the Korean EV can run 100 km in just 4.5 minutes of charging.

The Kia even accepts a higher charge wattage of 350 kW against BMW’s 205 kW. Because of this, the BMW takes 13 minutes extra time to charge to 80 percent from 10 percent than the Kia’s super fast 18 minutes.

BMW i4 Price Side
Though i4 is longer, it rides on smaller wheels than the Kia

Safety – Safety is the area where the EV6 surpasses the BMW by a huge margin with its long list of ADAS functionalities.

The BMW’s safety features include 8 airbags with crash sensor, ABS with brake assist, dynamic brake lights, Dynamic Stability Control (DAC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control, and ISOFIX child anchor.

On the other hand, the EV6 offers 8 different ADAS functions namely forward collision avoidance, lane keep assist, blind-spot collision avoidance assist, rear-cross traffic avoidance assist, safe exit assist, lane follow assist, and driver attention warning.

Additionally, the Kia gets 8 airbags, ABS, ESC, hill start assist control, multi collision brake assist, vehicle stability management, emergency stop signal, front and rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX child anchor.

Features – Both the cars are evenly matched in features. While they get all the basic features a buyer would expect at their price points, there are some unique and cool ones too. The EV6 gets an onboard power supply which can be used to charge another EV as well as home appliances.

It further sports dual zone remote control AC, UV cut solar glass sun roof, 14-speaker Meridian sound system, range preserving heat pump, Kia Connect with more than 60 features, surround view monitor, and paddle shifters for regenerative braking.

The i4 makes to do with drive modes, 3 zone auto AC, interior mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function, glass sunroof with integrated wind deflector, voice control with personal assistant – Hey BMW, 17-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system, reversing assistant, and adaptive recuperation system.

Kia EV6 Side
Kia EV6 accepts a higher charge wattage of 350 kW against BMW’s 205 kW

Price – The BMW i4 currently retails at Rs. 69.90 lakhs (ex-showroom) for its lone eDrive40 variant. The Kia EV6 GT Line’s prices will be announced on 2nd June but our sources have mentioned that the RWD will be priced at Rs. 65 lakhs and the AWD will cost Rs. 70 lakhs (ex-showroom).

Verdict – The latest BMW i4 and Kia EV6 GT Line are so evenly matched that we simple can’t choose a winner. While i4 is a typical BMW with a ton of features and amazing performance on offer, the EV6 is the best yet from Kia with breath-taking ADAS features and a radical pure EV design.

Still, if we have to choose a winner, we will go with the BMW for the German engineering, vehicle’s driving dynamics and the brand’s snob value in India and that’s what most customers will root for too.