2020 BMW X4 M

2020 BMW X4 M
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2020 BMW X4 M Review: An M4 On Stilts

If you have not accepted the lord and savior of the automotive industry, the SUV, into your heart and soul, then the heathen that is the sports activity coupe might be even more offensive to your purist mindset. However, these cars are the bread and butter of the auto industry nowadays, and BMW is demonstrating that by previewing the next-generation M3/M4 powerplant in the M versions of the X3 and X4. Codenamed S58, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine produces 473 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque in the X4, with the Competition model upping the horsepower figure to 503. A rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox are what people want in their fast SAV, and that's all they can have. With a maximum available top speed in excess of 170 mph, the X4 M and X4 M Competition take the fight to the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 in a manner that is intended to mimic a raised M4's performance. However, compromises must be made, and this isn't a one-size-fits-all kind of vehicle, with rear space impacted considerably and a beefy suspension setup affecting comfort.

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2020 BMW X4 M Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 X4 M?

The X4 M is a completely new product offering from BMW, with a number of changes over the regular X4 to increase its ability as a performance machine. The usual array of M division interior and exterior accouterments and styling upgrades is also present, with M-specific changes all over the vehicle. The engine upgrade is the most obvious change, but new strut braces, firmer suspension, an adaptive exhaust, and more, increase the vehicle's rigidity and performance too. The cooling systems and oil feed have also been upgraded, with the latter allowing for a continuous supply of oil even under harsh lateral G-forces. Also new is the availability of an alluring paint shade called Toronto Red.

Pros and Cons

  • Over 500 hp available from telepathic turbo-six
  • It's a sports activity vehicle that you can drift
  • A genuinely-capable track weapon, despite its height
  • 177 mph top speed
  • Numerous standard features
  • X3 M is more practical, cheaper, and better looking - with the same performance
  • Looks are divisive
  • Starting price of over $73,000
  • The performance SUV fad is showing no signs of letting up

What's the Price of the 2020 BMW X4 M?

Starting at $73,400 before a $995 destination and handling fee, the X4 M is a whopping $22,300 more than a regular X4. This buys you 473 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, an eight-speed auto, M xDrive AWD, and a lot of features that include navigation, a panoramic sunroof, an adaptive suspension, a Vernasca leather interior, 20-inch wheels in performance rubber, and an impressive list of safety features. Speccing the X4 M Competition means you have to shell out at least $80,400, buying you 503 hp, a lot of gloss black accents and Competition badges, and the regular model's optional 21-inch wheels in a special design. Fully-loaded, this model will be fitted with all the available optional safety features, have a maximum speed limit of 177 mph, and also be accompanied by a price tag just shy of $90,000.

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2020 BMW X4 M Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$73,400
Competition
3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$80,400
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2020 X4 M Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 187.5 in
  • Wheelbase 112.8 in
  • Height 63.7 in
  • Max Width 75.9 in
  • Front Width 63.9 in
  • Rear Width 63.1 in
  • Curb Weight 4,590.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$550
  • Dark Graphite Metallic +$550
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic +$550
  • Donington Grey Metallic +$550
  • Toronto Red Metallic +$550
  • Sunstone Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Alpine White

2020 X4 M Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The aforementioned driving modes don't just apply to fine-tuning of the gearbox, steering, and throttle responses. You can also set the level of comfort thanks to adaptive dampers as standard. However, you'll likely leave it in Comfort mode most of the time, as the Sport and Sport+ modes have been noted to be exceptionally firm. Granted, that's what you need to make an SAV perform drifts and handle well, but most owners will never even smell burning rubber or look out their side windows while hanging the tail out. The benefits of the Active M differential, M xDrive AWD system, and firm suspension are that you can do both long skids and twisty, technical turns that most tall vehicles would simply tip over attempting. Unlike M Performance models, when BMW puts just the most powerful letter in the world on the rear of one of their cars, it means business. The M team has worked hard to create an experience that is intended to feel like you're driving a lifted M4 rather than a hotted-up X4. A number of strut braces link the front shock towers and strengthen the front end's rigidity while the rear also gets a brace and special rear axle control arms. All this translates into a dynamic package that is much more chuckable than what you'll find in the bloated X5 M and X6 M. Thanks to its relatively light weight, its drilled 15.6-inch front and 14.6-inch rear brake discs, and sticky summer tires, stopping is also phenomenal. However, the steering in the sportier drive modes can feel overly assisted at times, although direct.

2020 X4 M Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.7 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.2 in

2020 X4 M Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 X4 M Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2020 BMW X4 M A Good SUV?

The X4 as a starting point is a relatively impractical fashion statement. If you value commodious space and genuine rear-seat comfort, there's no point in considering this car any further. The addition of the M Division's technical prowess makes it even less of a conventional utility vehicle, which is why this car is called a Sports Activity Vehicle instead. The stiff suspension, big wheels, and summer tires mean that you can't use this vehicle off-road and will likely find it a little uncomfortable, to say the least. Nevertheless, if you want a genuine M car that you can use when it's snowy, load a reasonable amount of stuff into, and take for an intense blast without tipping over, then maybe this vehicle can make a certain amount of sense. The engine is an absolute gem and bodes well for the future of all turbocharged M cars, not to mention the M3 and M4. The stability control systems allow you to either find the perfect line, or get sideways, and the gearbox is the perfect companion for both city crawling and track abuse. This isn't a vehicle that makes a lot of sense to a lot of people, but for the small niche it is intended for, it ticks all the boxes absolutely perfectly. For everyone else, get an X3.

What BMW X4 M Model Should I Buy?

If you're going to go for a vehicle like this, it's likely that you're not going to be too concerned with the practicality aspect of the vehicle. Therefore, you may as well go all-out and buy a Competition model. This frees up more power, dresses the body with bigger wheels, and adds Merino leather at no charge. The gloss-black exterior accents also go a long way in helping the X4 M look reasonably attractive, and this is a vehicle that needs all the help it can get. We'd definitely suggest spending the extra money on the driver aids, as the Driver Assistance Plus package only adds $1,700, but endows the vehicle with advanced collision mitigation systems and adaptive cruise control. We'd spend the $350 it costs to fit the SAV with ventilated front seats too. If you plan to use the vehicle to the best of its ability, the M Driver's Package will raise the speed limiter and teach you how to control it, but if not, spend the same money on the Executive package rather, adding heating to the rear seats, fitting a head-up display and parking assistant, and adding wireless charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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2020 BMW X4 M Comparisons

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe Mercedes-Benz
BMW X3 M BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
BMW X4 M473 hp15/20 mpg$77,900
Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe 671 hpTBCTBC
BMW X3 M 473 hp15/20 mpg$74,400

2020 BMW X4 M vs Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe

Cars in this segment aren't especially pretty, but the X4 M's chief rival, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe, is arguably blessed with a more coherent and resolved design. Its starting price is $3,100 more than that of the X4 M, but the extra money buys you more torque (479 lb-ft vs 442) although you do lose out on power (469 hp vs 473). In S variant, the AMG is almost identical to the Competition model, with 503 hp and even more torque at 516 lb-ft from its rowdy twin-turbo V8. Nevertheless, the Merc is more economical, has a bigger gas tank, and can hold more volume in the cargo area. In the cabin, the Merc's infotainment system is poor, and the interior design is aging, whereas the X4 M is more modern and fresh. Real-world tests have shown very similar 0-60 times, but the X4 M Competition has a higher top speed of 177 mph when the limiter raised, whereas the GLC 63S taps out at 174 mph. Overall, a number of points favor each of these vehicles, but as a performance vehicle, the X4 M is arguably better, although it just can't match that AMG noise.

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2020 BMW X4 M vs BMW X3 M

If you like the idea of the next compact M car's engine under the hood of your SAV but find the X4 M a little too ugly or impractical, the X3 M is your answer. Based on looks alone, we'd choose the X3 M, which manages to look modern and stylish without a silly pretend-coupe roofline. With identical power and acceleration figures, the X3 M makes more sense as an all-rounder, offering almost an inch more rear legroom and almost two inches more headroom in the back. You also get more than ten cubic feet of extra volume in the cargo area with the seats up and folded, you have 12.2 cubes extra to play with. The biggest reason to choose the mechanically-identical X3 M, however, is the price. The Competition version costs $76,900, just $3,500 more than a base X4 M. A regular X3 M is even cheaper, starting below $70k. With more space, arguably better looks, and a much lower price, it'd take an alien probe to sway us from the X3 M.

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