While the BMW X6 had a controversial design when it first launched in 2008, the model went on to become one of the most successful vehicles produced by the brand. Its sloping roofline and aggressive styling gathered a cult-like following from the elite car shoppers looking to differentiate themselves from the crowd. In April 2009, BMW took things a step further by offering a high-performance X6 M model that made this already crazy model even more insane.
Building on the success of the X6, BMW decided to offer a smaller version of the model that eventually gave life to the X4 in 2014. Of course, an M version of the BMW X4 was inevitable and that brings us to the topic of discussion today. Meet the all-new 2017 BMW X4 M40i. This high-performance version of the X4 will sometimes make you think “why,” but after you spend some time with it, you’ll be saying – “well, why not.” Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 BMW X4 M40i.
Based on the BMW X4, the BMW X4 M40i clearly stands out as a member of the BMW M family. Building on the already aggressive design of the X4, the X4 M40i gets the brand’s ‘Ferric Gray’ metallic accents on the front and side mirrors along with 20-inch M light-alloy wheels. There is also a sport exhaust system with valve control and Black Chrome tailpipes to make things a little more exciting.
Of course, there isn’t much BMW had to do to make this already mean looking vehicle any tougher than it already looks. Nonetheless, if there is any doubt that you’re driving something special here, BMW added “X4 M40i” badges on the door sills.
The 2017 BMW X4 M40i sits on a wheelbase that measures 110.6 inches with an overall length of 184.3 inches and a width of 74.8 inches. The height stands at 63.9 inches.
Yes, the BMW X4 is a baby version of the X6, but it seems to carve out its own standing in the brand’s lineup.
Take a seat inside and you’ll notice that the BMW M team did its best to make sure you weren’t just sitting in any regular X4. Interior highlights include M leather wrapped steering wheel, M gearshift lever, sports seats, “X4 M40i” digital lettering on the instrument cluster, and more.
The 2017 BMW X4 M40i comes with a long list of standard features including 14-way power front sport seats, Nevada leather upholstery, aluminum trim, high-gloss black trim, keyless entry with push button start, rain sensing wipers, BMW’s iDrive system, USB/AUX connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, a 3-spoke leather wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel, an amazing Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 16 speakers, HD Radio, SiriusXM, and more. Adding on other features will cost you some money by adding on packages that will give you access to heated seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, heads-up display, Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, WiFi, and much more.
When it comes interior dimensions, the 2017 BMW X4 M40i offers 40.4 inches of legroom for front row passengers and 34.8 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Cargo capacity comes in at 17.7 cubic feet with the rear seats in user position and 49.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Keep in mind that the sloping roofline doesn’t really offer a massive entry point from the rear hatch.
Now that we’ve got all the basics out of the way, let’s talk about the really fun part of the BMW X4 M40i.
Power comes from a 3.0 liter M Performance TwinPower turbo six-cylinder engine making 355 horsepower with a maximum torque of 343 lb-ft. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that allows for a 0 to 60 mph time of just 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph. Now that’s pretty impressive when you compare it to the more expensive Porsche Macan Turbo, which will run 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds with a total of 400 horsepower.
Yes, the 2017 BMW X4 M40i is an all-wheel-drive vehicle, but BMW offers it with the brand’s rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive, which allows you to really throw this thing into the corners with confidence.
Fuel economy for the BMW X4 M40i comes in at 19/26 mpg* (city/highway).
Overall, its performance acceleration, handling, and braking will all leave you smiling.
Depending on the packages you pick, the 2017 BMW X4 M40i comes with a range of driver assist technologies including blind spot notification, surround view camera, rear view camera, parking distance control and sensors, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlamps, and more.
There is no doubt that crossovers are getting more and more popular. However, it seems that performance crossovers are also gaining demand. The BMW X4 M40i takes on the likes of the Porsche Macan Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe, and the Audi SQ5. Prices for the 2017 BMW X4 M40i start at $58,100**. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.