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2022 BMW X4 M

Starting at $74,595

8/10 C/D RATING
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2022 bmw x4 m competition
Michael Simari|Car and Driver
8/10 C/D RATING

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  • Highs Rip-snorting engine, bonkers acceleration, handling agile enough to trick you into thinking it's a sports car.
  • Lows Hard-edged ride, lacks the practicality of the mechanically-similar X3 M, coupe-like styling may not be for everyone.
  • Verdict All of the power and deft handling of the X3 M with an flashier, less practical design.
By Drew Dorian

Overview

The 2022 BMW X4 M is the point in the lineup at which high style and high performance converge, with an eye-catching fastback roofline and up to 503-hp under the hood punching up this SUV's appeal. To match its quick acceleration, BMW fits a sport-tuned suspension with handling sharp enough to allow drivers to shake the X4 M down on a race track and keep up with most sports cars just about anywhere. Cabin environs are upscale and there's plenty of space for most adults to get comfortable, but tall people may find the rear headroom a little tight—after all, that chopped roof comes with some compromises. Other sloped-roof SUVs suffer the same fate, but buyers who need to maximize interior space in the name of style can go for the X3 M (reviewed separately), which is nearly identical save for a boxier body that's better for hauling people and cargo.

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BMW X4 M

STARTING AT: $74,595

What's New for 2022?

Like the regular X4, the high-performance X4 M receives some subtle styling upgrades for 2022. Larger grille openings, narrower headlamps, and reworked front and rear bumpers distinguish the refreshed X4 M from last year's model. The infotainment display has grown from 10.3 to 12.3 inches. More meaningful to us driving enthusiasts is a rework of the SUV's engine to produce more torque; horsepower remains the same across both X4 M models.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    The Competition model's higher-output engine is attractive but its unforgiving suspension setup is too stiff for daily driving. Instead, we'd save the money and go with the more compliant and still pretty powerful standard X4 M. We'd also splurge on both the Driving Assistance Plus package, which adds adaptive cruise control and more advanced driver-assistance features; the Executive package is also an intriguing add as it includes an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot, a head-up display, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and a self-parking feature.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    Both models come with a turbocharged inline-six, standard all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The X4 M's engine produces 473 horsepower, but the Competition model gets dialed up to 503. When we tested the Competition at our test track, it delivered brutal acceleration, jumping to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. That beats the X4's main rival, the Mercedes-AMG GLC63, which blasted from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. In fact, the X4 M Competition even out-accelerated BMW's famed M3 sports sedan in part due to the added traction that comes from its standard all-wheel-drive system. (The M3 powers only its rear wheels.) The standard X4's driving character is already sharp, and the M division's retuning of the suspension has provided an even firmer ride and dialed in even more impressive cornering grip.

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    Michael Simari|Car and Driver

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    When it comes to high-performance SUVs, we don't expect much in the way of fuel efficiency, but the X4 M's EPA fuel economy ratings are atrocious at 14 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. The V-8-powered GLC63 Coupe earns ratings as high as 22 mpg highway, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio carries a 23-mpg highway rating. Luckily, the X4 M Competition does much better than expected in the real world. It surprised us on our 200-mile highway fuel economy route by delivering an impressive 26 mpg; the Stelvio Quadrifoglio managed just 21 mpg, and the GLC63 Coupe was good for only 20 mpg. For more information about the X4 Ms fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    Upscale and sporty, the X4 M's cabin is crafted from top-quality materials, its layout is driver-focused, and it's easy to find just the right seating position. A host of luxury features is standard, including 14-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a power rear liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, interior ambient lighting, heated front seats, and a panoramic sunroof. The sloped roofline doesn't intrude into rear-seat passenger space as much as expected, and most average-height passengers will find the rear seat plenty comfortable. Cargo space is more limited here than in the X3 M, but we still managed to fit eight carry-on suitcases behind the rear seat and a total of 18 with the rear seats folded flat.

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    Michael Simari|Car and Driver

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    All X4 M models come with a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with the latest iteration of BMW's iDrive interface. Navigation is standard and all models also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. An onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and a wireless smartphone charging pad are part of the optional Executive package. In lieu of analog gauges, the X4 M and X4 M Competition come standard with a 12.3-inch reconfigurable digital gauge display. Audiophiles will be happy that a Harman/Kardon 16-speaker stereo is standard, so there's no need to pay extra to upgrade.

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    BMW offers its Active Driving Assistant package, which includes basic driver-assistance features, as standard, but more advanced technology is optional. For more information about the X4 M's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

    • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
    • Standard lane-departure warning
    • Available adaptive cruise control

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    Like all other new BMWs, the X4 M and X4 M Competition come with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty and a generous three-year/36,000-mile complimentary scheduled maintenance plan. Mercedes-AMG offers no such maintenance plan, but the Jaguar F-Pace SVR one-ups the BMW with longer warranty terms and up to five years of free maintenance.

    • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
    • Powertrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
    • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles

    Specifications

    Specifications

    2022 BMW X4 M Competition
    Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

    PRICE
    Base/As Tested: $81,595/$86,345
    Options: M Driver's package, $2500; Executive package (heated front and rear seats and steering wheel, head-up display, wireless device charging, rear view camera, parking assist), $2250

    ENGINE
    twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
    Displacement: 183 in3, 2993 cm3
    Power: 503 hp @ 6250 rpm
    Torque: 479 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm

    TRANSMISSION
    8-speed automatic

    CHASSIS
    Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
    Brakes, F/R: 15.6-in vented, cross-drilled disc/14.6-in vented, cross-drilled disc
    Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
    F: 255/40ZR-21 (102Y) ★
    R: 265/40ZR-21 (105Y) ★

    DIMENSIONS
    Wheelbase: 112.8 in
    Length: 187.5 in
    Width: 75.9 in
    Height: 63.8 in
    Passenger Volume: 96 ft3
    Cargo Volume: 24 ft3
    Curb Weight: 4555 lb

    C/D TEST RESULTS
    60 mph: 3.2 sec
    100 mph: 8.0 sec
    1/4-Mile: 11.6 sec @ 119 mph
    130 mph: 14.5 sec
    150 mph: 22.0 sec
    Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
    Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.4 sec
    Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.5 sec
    Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
    Top Speed (mfr's claim): 177 mph
    Braking, 70–0 mph: 154 ft
    Braking, 100–0 mph: 300 ft
    Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.96 g

    C/D FUEL ECONOMY
    Observed: 19 mpg
    75-mph Highway Driving: 24 mpg
    Highway Range: 410 mi

    EPA FUEL ECONOMY
    Combined/City/Highway: 17/15/20 mpg

    C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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