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BMW i4 | Best Compact Executive | AA Car Awards 2023

Published 6th October 2023Read Time 3 min

Winner: BMW i4

BMW’s all-electric take on the 4 Series Gran Coupé sets the benchmark for EVs in its class and it became even more relevant in recent months with the launch of a new entry-level model, the eDrive35. We use that term loosely, though, as this rear-drive version still produces up to 286hp, while delivering an official range of up to 482 kilometres.

The old eDrive40 version soldiers on, though the headline-grabbing model is the i4 M50, using two motors for a 544hp output and dynamics worthy of the BMW M badge. What’s more, if you can resist its performance, it can supposedly do 512 kilometres to a charge. With the usual levels of comfort and sophistication from BMW, the i4 is one of the most compelling EVs on the market. It feels like a sporty BMW, regardless of what powers it.

Runners Up

Tesla Model 3

Like or loathe the boss of the company, there’s no arguing with the success of the Tesla Model 3, helped considerably by significant price reductions earlier this year. That’s not the only thing the electric saloon has going for it, of course, as it’s quick, spacious and crammed with technology. There’s a usefully updated version launching at some point, though who knows when it will arrive on Irish shores?

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-Class has been a mainstay of the sales charts of executive cars in Ireland for many years. The latest embodiment of it is no exception, offering a supreme level of refinement, both in driving dynamics and the feel of the cabin. There are fewer cars more comfortable in its category. With a range of powertrains available, there are plenty of options to choose from to suit your needs. The entry-level models offer modest power, but there are others, while the plug-in hybrid has a large battery capacity and will get you around 100 kilometres on a charge. As usual, the C-Class inherits some excellent tech from its bigger siblings. The ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice activation is better than ever, while large, clear and intuitive screens make it a very comfortable car to live with.

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