By now BMW's strategy of coupe-ifying its SUVs is nothing new. The X4 is mechanically similar to the X3 luxury compact crossover, but its sloping roof and dramatic details give it presence. Cargo and passenger capacity is the tradeoff. Yet the X4 comes with features and equipment that position it as a more premium offering than its normal-roofed counterpart. This second-generation X4 went on sale for 2019, and has just been refreshed for 2022. In BMW's coupe-SUV lineup the X4 fits between the smaller X2 and larger X6.
Considering the inherent compromises carried by every fastback SUV, the X4 is actually pretty well-rounded. It's fairly spacious, high tech, and handles nicely in any configuration. Choosing the M40i model makes it very quick, and the X4M or its Competition counterpart are downright ballistic.
Still, compromises persist. Ride quality is rough, especially on those M models. The sloping roofline compromises rear visibility. Passenger space is fine, but ingress and egress through the pinched rear doors is challenging.
We've never loved the look of the X4, and we're not sure if this 2022 refresh makes it any better. Regardless of opinions on style, practical and financial considerations would steer us toward the X3 instead.
An xDrive30i badge denotes the X4's standard engine. It's a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 producing 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and AWD. BMW estimates a 0-60 mph time of 6.0 seconds from this X4. Fuel economy should come in at about 23/29 mpg city/highway.
The X4 M40i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6, again using an eight-speed automatic and AWD. For 2022 it gains a 48-volt mild-hybrid electrical system, which improves auto start/stop functionality and adds up to 11 hp for better off-the-line acceleration. Output measures 382 hp and 369 lb-ft, which enables a 4.4-second estimated 0-60 mph time. Fuel economy should come in at about 21/27 mpg.
M was the legendary letter denoting the highest-performance BMWs until Competition models hit the scene. The X4 M packs BMW's "S58" turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 producing 473 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque—an increase of 15 lb-ft over the 2021 model. With AWD and an eight-speed automatic transmission, BMW estimates the X4M's 0-60 mph time at 3.9 seconds. Sport-tuned suspension and additional chassis bracing ensure handling befitting of the M badge. Behind the 20-inch wheels, drilled and ventilated brake rotors reduce fade.
As its name suggests, the X4 M Competition package adds equipment to cut down lap times. Aided by a performance exhaust system, engine output rises to 503 hp. Torque also increases by 37 lb-ft over last year to 479 lb-ft. Estimated 0-60 time drops to 3.7 seconds. But the Competition model isn't only about power. Specific bearings, bushings, and other hardware are added to make the chassis stiffer and more responsive. It looks racier, too, thanks to details like blacked-out exterior trim, 21-inch wheels, and seatbelts emblazoned with classic M colors.
Although the X4 has not specifically been crash tested, strong performance by the mechanically related X3 indicates similar safety. From the NHTSA, the 2021 X3 earned a five-star overall safety rating, the highest possible score. Likewise, from the IIHS it received the highest Good score in all six crashworthiness tests.
Standard driver-assist and active safety features include front automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning. Choosing the optional Driving Assistant Professional package adds adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist to ease highway driving. It also includes intersection cross-traffic alert and emergency evasive steering assist.
In many ways the X4 is essentially a sleeker, style-focused X3. But those looks don't come for free—there's less interior capacity in almost every measurement. Front-row headroom measures 39.5 inches in the X4, less than the 41.1 inches found in the X3. Second-row headroom is also slightly less in the X4, at 37.2 inches to the X3's 38.5 inches.
There's a little more front-row legroom in the X4, which has 40.7 inches while the X3 has 40.3 inches. However, 35.5 inches of second-row legroom in the X4 trails the 36.4 inches offered by the X3.
Cargo space also suffers for style in the X4. Behind its second-row seats it has 23.7 cubic feet of space, while the X3 provides 28.7 cubic feet. Both vehicles have split-folding second-row seats to accommodate larger items.
For 2022, all X4 trims are standard equipped with dual 12.3-inch displays. One functions as the gauge cluster, and the other as the infotainment touchscreen. BMW's iDrive user interface includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, and updated built-in navigation software. USB charge ports are standard, and a wireless charging pad is available. A 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system is offered to replace the standard 12-speaker setup.
Prices for the X4 start at about $53,000 for the xDrive30i trim, and increase to upwards of $80,000 for the X4 M Competition. Our pick of the range is in the middle of those: the X4 M40i, which goes for about $63,500 before options. If the xDrive30i is a bit mellow and the X4 M Competition is quicker than anyone really needs, the M40i strikes a nice balance. If our X3 M40i long-term review car was any indication, this powertrain provides plenty of everyday performance. It's also standard equipped with luxury features to back up its BMW badge, like a panoramic sunroof and hands-free keyless entry. We suggest choosing the Premium package to add more upscale features like heated front and rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, and a head-up display.
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