BMW offers the X6 range of SUVs in xDrive30i and M40i trim levels. The main difference between the two is the engine under the hood. The xDrive30i is powered by a turbocharged inline-four engine producing 245 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The M40i is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six making 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Both cars send power to all four wheels via an eight-speed transmission. The Base model features a 10.25-inch touchscreen display with Bluetooth streaming, navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The front seats feature ten-way power adjustments, and there's three-zone climate control as standard. The M40i adds exterior appearance changes such as a Shadowline and aerodynamic kit while the interior gets wireless phone charging and 14-way power-adjustable seats. Standard safety systems include forward collision warning, blind-spot assistance, and speed limit info.
The X4 is a real premium luxury vehicle, hence its high price tag. The base model, which in this case is the xDrive30i, goes on sale for an MSRP of $51,600. This price does not include tax, registration, or a destination fee of $995. Go for the more powerful M40i, and you can expect a bill of $61,700. By comparison, the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 4MATIC Coupe starts at $51,650, and the Porsche Macan at $52,100. Fully kitted, the price of a BMW X4 M40i can come close to $75k.
With a healthy number of standard features, most should be satisfied with what the X4 offers, but the options list is always on standby for those who want a more crafted experience. On the xDrive30i, you can go for the $1,050 Convenience package, which adds comfort keyless access, lumbar support to the front seats, wireless phone charging, and a WiFi hotspot. The $2,800 Premium package includes heated front seats, a head-up display, gesture control, wireless phone charging, a WiFi hotspot, comfort keyless access, a heated steering wheel, and added lumbar support - this costs only $1,750 on the upper-tier model which already equips some features as standard. The $5,250 Executive package ($3,700 on the M40i) further adds Parking Assistance Plus, active parking distance control, a surround camera, ambient lighting, adaptive LED headlights, and automatic high beams. For those who like the act of driving, the $1,200 Dynamic Handling package adds M Sport brakes, and dynamic damper control can be optioned onto the base model for $1,000. If you're in the sportier M40i, why not go for the $1,300 M Sport rear differential? An upgraded 16 speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system can be added to either trim for $875.
Most owners will never push the X4 to its limits, which means the extra power offered from the M40i will be underutilized most of the time. The xDrive30i also provides most of the M40i's comfort features, which means the only significant difference is how much power is available when you stab the accelerator pedal. Sure, the M40i comes with a certain amount of bragging rights and is visibly different to the base model, but if you're after the best value for money deal, the xDrive30i should be the one to go for and provides enough power for everyday use, better fuel economy, and a good list of standard features that can be bolstered by the available packages.