This latest X4 M Competition is unmistakably fast and offers grip and traction to rival some super sedans. This is a strong technical update, with more performance and better technology, as well as custom M features for this halo model. However, it’s still a car that’s ultimately compromised, especially when it comes to ride comfort, while its X3 M alternative offers more practicality as well.
BMW’s mid-life refresh for its X3 SUV and X4 Coupe-SUV models also extends to high-performance M models, and this new X4 M competition is our first chance to taste the updated top of the line.
Like regular cars, the focus here has been on keeping the X4 M crisp, while also beefing up the technology inside. However, the previous car – as well as its X3 M Competition counterpart – was hardly a smooth-driving SUV, so BMW admitted that some work needed to be done here and widened the gap between the drive modes.
In comfort, the X4 M’s chassis is a bit softer, aided by new 21-inch forged alloys that save 2kg per turn. However, this looser mass control means that at higher speeds the car may feel a little less calm, so you may want to switch to Sport or Sport Plus. Here it’s bouncing and pogos up and down. We’ve tried the car in town and on ultra-flat German country roads and while the X4 M is better it could still be a bit firm for the UK.
Another area that has been boosted is performance – not that he really needs it. The M-Division’s 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder got a new forged crankshaft, and while power remains at 503 hp, torque is now up to 50 Nm, to 650 Nm. With launch control and BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel drive system, this propels the X4 M from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than before, making it the M SUV at the fastest acceleration. fastest ever.
The engine has an explosive midrange and a determined gargle that’s artificially enhanced in sportier settings. It’s not the most characteristic, but it has presence – and there is accessible performance throughout the rev range to back it up.
This M xDrive system helps with agility, but there’s no denying that the X4 M weighs 2085kg, and to get the grip it needs, it’s a compromised car.
At Â£ 88,185, it’s an expensive car too, although you get plenty of it as standard and it certainly feels sporty on the inside, receiving the same tech and layout updates as the X3.
|Model:||BMW X4 M Competition|
|Motor:||3.0 liter 6cyl turbo petrol|
|Power / torque:||503 hp / 650 Nm|
|Transmission:||Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive|
|0-62 mph:||3.8 seconds|
|Top speed:||155 mph|
|CO2:||244g / km|