With a face to make even its own mother scowl, the BMW i4 doesn’t really make the best first impression. But this electric four-door coupé should not be dismissed just because of its rather awkward front-end styling.

Like most electric vehicles, it’s heavy, with a kerbweight of 2125kg. And unlike some EVs, the i4 has a healthy legal towing limit of 1600kg.

There are two models available, the super-fast M50 and the quick-enough eDrive40. We’ve driven the more sensible of the two, with 340hp and a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds. Some Tesla models accelerate harder still, but unless your palate has been jaded by even more powerful cars, you’re going to get a real kick out of the i4’s performance.

Fundamentally, the best tow cars should have no trouble towing a caravan – that’s something that the i4 should be able to do without an issue.

And even if towing halves the official range of 347-365 miles, then 175 miles between charges should be possible.

The i4 is a pleasure to drive sedately, with a calm and controlled ride that bodes well for stability while towing. There’s some road noise at speed, but otherwise the cabin is quiet while cruising.

More space for rear-seat passengers would be welcome, but otherwise the i4 is a convincing EV for anyone willing to accept the challenges of recharging while towing.

Alternatively, take a look at our review of the BMW iX xDrive40 Sport, and see how we got on when we put it to the test.

The BMW i4 eDrive 40 – the basic spec:

  • Price: From £51,905
  • Kerbweight: 2125kg
  • Towing limit: 1600kg
  • 85% match: Not legal

Not sure what you can tow on your licence? Our guide to the correct licence for towing a caravan will fill you in on all you need to know.

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