2020 BMW X4 Pricing – 2020 BMW X4
The latest high-performance car to appear from BMW’s M analysis may be an animal crossover coupe, but the 2020 BMW X4 M Competition additionally has over 500 application from BMW’s best able inline-six ever, a rear-biased all-wheel drive setup, and 100 percent anatomic air vents. The X4 M is a absolute M car, and it’s absolutely appealing awesome.
(Full Disclosure: Lexus was affectionate abundant to accommodation me an ES350 for a anniversary to drive out to New Jersey, which is area BMW put me up and fed me in a auberge the night afore absolution me accept a go in the 2020 BMW X4 M Competition on the alley and the clue at Monticello Motor Club.)
OK, I lied. The two fender vents abaft the advanced auto on either ancillary are not functional. But aggregate abroad is.
The X3 has been about for some time, but this is the aboriginal adaptation accepting the abounding M treatment. The X4 hasn’t existed as long, but it’s about the auto version, or fastback version, or whatever the hell you appetite to alarm these things, of the X3. The X3 M and X4 M, and any variation, all allotment the aforementioned automated parts. Alone aberration is that the roof is sad on the X4 and the rear anatomy assignment has been adapted to try and cope with that.
This is additionally the aboriginal X4 M, and that’s the one I got the best time in. The new X3 M, X4 M, and the Competition models of both are all congenital at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant.
BMW has been acceleration bottomward on its club of 500 application crossovers and SUVs lately, and the new X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition are no exceptions.
The X3 and X4 M Competition models, the accomplished achievement versions you can get, accomplish 503 application and 442 lb-ft of torque amid 2,600 and 5,950 rpm from an about all-new twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder agent I’ll detail in a minute.
The approved M models get 473 horsepower, with the aforementioned 442 lb-ft of torque amid 2,600 and 5,600 rpm. Top acceleration for all these cars is electronically bound to 155 mph, unless you advantage the M Driver’s Package, which boosts top acceleration to 174 mph on approved M models, or 177 mph on M Competition models.
BMW claims the 0 to 60 mph time for the M Competition cars is 4.0 abnormal flat, or a tenth of a added slower on the approved M models.
Fuel abridgement is acutely fantastic. Aloof kidding. All four M options are EPA rated at 14 MPG city, 19 highway, and 16 combined.
The X4 M Competition I collection had a starting MSRP of $80,400, but was optioned with a $550 red acrylic job, Advanced Disciplinarian Assist and Executive packages, and aerial seats, advancing to $86,495. The X3 M Competition I briefly collection had a starting MSRP of $76,900, but was optioned the aforementioned as the X4, advancing to $83,845.
Big car goes fast. I had never apprenticed on Monticello before, but it’s four afar of advanced clue with a nice cardinal of affecting administration changes and two cautiously angled continued straights. On the aback straight, revving the agent all the way over 7,000 rpm, the BMW disciplinarian hit 130 mph on the explainer lap, and I managed 125 myself, and yet the car was communicating that you could booty it much, abundant added if you had the alley for it.
The X3 M and X4 M’s 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, codenamed S58, has “90 percent new parts” according to BMW. Those accommodate artificial pistons, a new crank drive that’s about 6.6 pounds lighter than BMW’s added inline-sixes, with a afflicted bore stroke, a 3D-printed butt amount which helps optimize temperature management, and two electric motors managing compression.
There’s additionally a new oil pan design, engineered with added centralized pumps that accumulate oil abounding from the aback and abandon of the pan aback it’s sloshing about beneath achievement driving.
Word on the street, and in abounding prayers, is that this will be the agent in the accessible BMW M3, and that’s absolute promising, because it’s the best allotment of this X4 M Competition.
If I appetite to be adamantine on the car, there is a simulation activity that comes from the agent agenda pumped into the berth (BMWs arrangement of allegedly amplifying absolute agent noise, admitting it sounds unnatural), the agenda disciplinarian affectation aflame chicken at aerial rpm, the near-instant paddle-shift accessory changes, and the council feel that cautiously starts to assume added like beef anamnesis than absolute automatic assurance a few laps in.
But you’re activity so fast you aloof brace with your larboard knee and accumulate your eyes on the road, and aural a brace laps you can’t advice but accept fun. The agent agenda and bankrupt complete abundant continuing from pit lane as the cars fly by, for what it’s worth.
The X4 carries its weight awfully well, turns into corners after the shyest adumbration of apathy angry back, and if it weren’t for the hardly college basement position, you’d go advanced and let yourself anticipate you were in a sports car afore antisocial yourself for accepting such a cliched thought. But that absolutely feels like the criterion and the ambition for this car, and BMW swung 500 hp at it and agape it out of the park.
I like that you can about-face off all of the alive assurance systems by captivation bottomward the blooming amphitheater button beneath the hazard lights for three seconds. I like that there are two red M activate switches on the council caster that put you in “Danger” and “More Danger” settings. I like that the adjustable bench bolsters get so bound I bethink I accept kidneys and that they can feel affliction if I’m bolstered too much. I like that the upshifts and downshifts with the selector are mapped appropriately, with downshifts blame forward, upshifts affairs back, clashing the Lexus ES350 F-Sport I collection to this accident in.
Sporty actuality aside, it’s additionally account pointing out the X4’s cool angled roofline—which it doesn’t cull off about as able-bodied as the new Porsche Cayenne Coupe, which additionally comes in an eye-searing red-orange—somehow doesn’t accommodation arch room, with an absolute animal duke applicable alongside aloft my bad crew suggesting addition advancing six-foot should be fine.
The aboriginal affair is that the X4, in all guises but decidedly the able-bodied M and M Competition trims, is absolute ugly. Can you brainstorm if they approved to put the X7’s branch grille on it? And what the hell is this fender shape?
I anticipate it’s fatigued that way to adumbrate beheld weight, but it looks broken. It additionally makes the 21-inch caster attending bent. Article is off. It drives me crazy. I don’t adulation it on the X3, either.
Out on the track, the aback bench was fun (with a able BMW antagonism disciplinarian assuming us the gearing, speeds, and antagonism lines) but bruising, as neither the X3 M nor X4 M (nor the Competition variants) accept roof-mounted grab handles in the aback seats. My activity depended on the aperture handle and the fold-down boilerplate armrest, which is apparently accomplished in accustomed alive but absolutely not advised to handle the fears of two adults bowling about the aback bench at over 100 mph.
When I was in the driver’s seat, the bench itself became a accessory acrimony with a cogent cheep beneath moderate-to-severe g-forces in the corners. To be fair, this is a bench that’s done four-mile laps of Monticello seven times in a row, four times a day, for who knows how abounding after-effects of automotive journalists alignment from 130-to-300 pounds. That’s about about 100 afar a day beneath duress. I’m activity to cut it some slack, but maybe it’ll be a affair for the boilerplate client a few years into ownership. Or if you booty it to Monticello every weekend.
On the road, one of the aboriginal things you (hopefully) apprehension accepting into a new car is whether or not you can see out of it. On the X4, out the advanced is fine, the abandon are good, admitting I begin myself still accepting to about-face my anatomy to analysis dark spots (but there is dark atom indicators in the mirrors), and out the aback is aloof trash.
Going out and accepting one of those aftermarket, added ample rear-view mirrors won’t advice because the affair is the heavily sloped, baby rear window. Unless you appetite to beam at your rear cartage like an underpaid and over-stressed academy bus driver.
While there is a “Comfort” ride setting, none of the options on the account are decidedly comfortable. On the streets and highways at speeds amid 25 to 70 mph, the ride consistently acquainted a little harsh, and every bang in the alley was announced through to the cabin, aloof at capricious degrees of intensity. My abstraction of a “comfort” access is article so bendable I wouldn’t be able to accurately date aback a alley was aftermost paved with my ass.
My thoughts are broken amid two conclusions. I was in the M Competition version, so what should I expect? But also, shouldn’t the absolute point of a capricious abeyance bureaucracy be that I get the best of both worlds?
Being affected to use BMW’s own aeronautics arrangement was unfortunate, as the arrangement is beneath aesthetically adorable compared to article like Google or Apple Maps applications, which has been a botheration with OEM aeronautics aback the aurora of time and inexplicably difficult for companies to fix as time passes.
It’s additionally about absurd to accomplish quick adjustments to the map display, with the options to change examination acclivity and cursor administration active beneath cryptic card settings, instead of actuality accessible one-touch options on the driver’s ancillary of the display. The car has Apple Car Play, which works a amusement instead.
Interior abstracts are not great, with a lot of accessible atramentous plastics, and the dashboard layout, with a abundant accumbent access that’s been ported over from BMW bearing to generation, is absolutely accepting annoyed at this point. Strangely, you can’t acclimatize the seatbelt height, the council caster looks and feels like article out of 2005, and you can’t see the heads-up affectation with polarized sunglasses.
The alone added two things are the action controls alteration the aggregate or the song while in chat (if you move your accoutrements aback you talk, and are not a alarming apprentice driver). This affection can be deactivated if you accept a few account to additional abyssal the infotainment settings. That, and the cooled seats do not get absolute algid at all, alike in the accomplished setting.
Somewhat unfortunately, you don’t get to ascertain what an M car is. Neither do I. BMW defines what an M car is.
And while Cadillac is inexplicably introducing new V models with a near-300 application arrears over the antecedent versions, BMW aloof congenital its best able 3.0-liter inline-six ever, put it in a car with a rear-biased drivetrain, and put so abundant assimilation and cooling on the adenoids there wasn’t any allowance larboard to alike anticipate of abacus a affected vent.
Sure, they did all of this on a brace of crossovers, but they’re crossovers that about-face on a dime and accommodated you at your absolute on the track, don’t abuse understeer, and can still appropriately bandy the rear-end powering out of a bend in added gear. And they can calmly amount that priceless aged apparel you won over your ancestors from your step-father’s will on top of that.
And because of that array of alive achievement activity into cars like the X3 and X4, which advertise absolute well, it reinforces BMW’s decisions to advance for added achievement in a time aback you can bang achievement branding on aloof about annihilation for a quick assemblage of cash. It’s important, because that agency the accessible “legacy” M achievement cars like the abutting M3 will additionally acceptable get rear-biased setups with over 500 horsepower. And you should be sad if BMW does annihilation less.
But anticipate about that. If the abutting M3 is (probably) accepting this engine, what does that accomplish the X4? It makes it a absolute M car, and a abuse acceptable one too.
Probably 90 percent of the abutting M3 a year early.
Ugly from the aback and the autogenous won’t let go of the past.
Great administration and performance, but go for the X3 if you don’t appetite article that’s activity to age horribly.
473 HP to 503 HP • 442 LB-FT
$80,400 MSRP • $86,495 Tested