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Outstanding Performance Luxury: 2019 BMW X4 M40i Test Drive Review

When the BMW X4 first came on to the scene in 2014, many BMW fans weren’t really that impressed with its styling and overall appeal. It seemed out of place and looked like BMW just squished the X6 and kept the monotonous front-end of the old X3. Well, things have completely changed for the second-generation BMW X4. We recently test drove the all-new 2019 BMW X4 M40i and we have to say – this is one outstanding crossover. The styling is ten times better, the cabin has more room, and wow – can this thing perform.

Let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2019 BMW X4 M40i.

Exterior:

The 2019 BMW X4 is 3-inches longer than the outgoing model for a total of 187.5-inches. It is also 1.4-inches wider. Beyond the increase in size, the new 2019 BMW X4 features a more streamlined design highlighted on the front end by the signature BMW kidney grille and headlights that are way more stylish than the ones on the previous X4. To us, the main highlight is the rear-end design. The taillights are extremely sharp and the larger proportions actually give the rear-end a more striking look.

The 2019 BMW X4 M40i features some exclusive design touches including larger air intakes, Icon Adaptive LED highlights, an M Aerodynamic kit, Shadow line exterior trim, Cerium Gray mirror caps, Cerium Gray trim on the air intakes and kidney grille, black chrome finish on the exhaust, and 19-inch Ferric Gray alloy wheels. You can add 20-inch wheels (seen here) for an additional $950 or 21-inch wheels for $1,900.

Interior:

With its extended length and width, the cabin of the 2019 BMW X4 gets extra room. There is 35.5-inches of rear legroom and cargo capacity comes in at 18.5 ft³ with the rear seats up and 50.5 ft³ with the rear seats folded.

Standard tech includes BMW iDrive, navigation, 10-inch high-res screen, Bluetooth, USB/AUX, Apple CarPlay, and more. The BMW X4 M40i has five optional packages. Skipping over three driver assist packages, a $1,600 Premium Package adds heated front/rear seats, heated steering, and heads-up display. You can add heated seats and steering as standalone options for $500 and $190 respectively. The $2,850 Executive Package adds everything from the Premium along with the Dynamic Digital Instrument Cluster which is pretty cool once you get the hang of it. No matter what you pick, we highly recommend the $875 Harman Kardon sound system – it is one of the best sound systems we’ve recently tested with a very crisp and bold sound. Personally, we would go for the Executive Package and the Harman Kardon option – which brings my total price tag to $65,755. For those of you wondering, the 3D surround view camera is part of a $700 Parking Assistance Package.

Performance:

Power for the 2019 BMW X4 M40i comes from a 3.0L inline six-cylinder turbocharged engine making a total of 355 horsepower and peak torque of 365 lb-ft. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph for the X4 M40i comes in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

When compared to its rivals, the 2019 BMW X4 M40i is actually the fastest to 60 mph.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio: 280-hp / 0-60 in 5.4 / $42,490.
Audi SQ5: 349-hp / 0-60 in 5.1 / $52,400.
BMW X4 M40i: 355-hp / 0-60 in 4.6 / $60,450.
Jaguar F-Pace S: 380-hp / 0-60 in 5.1 / $61,500.
Mercedes-AMG GLC43 Coupe: 362-hp / 0-60 in 4.8 / $60,400.
Porsche Macan S: 340-hp / 0-60 in 5.2 / $55,400.
Range Rover Velar S: 380-hp / 0-60 in 5.3 / $63,300.
Volvo XC60 T8: 400-hp / 0-60 in 4.9 / $52,900.

Now, most of you that are in the market for a luxury crossover will most likely opt away from paying more for a performance version since you’re looking for utility and not horsepower. Nonetheless, if you get behind the wheel of one, we promise you that you’ll never want to go back to the slower trims.

Right off the bat, the 2019 BMW X4 M40i unquestionably rights the wrongs of the outgoing model. The wider stance, upgrades to the suspension, and heavier steering make the new X4 sportier to drive. Beyond the ability to circle through different driving modes (including ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+), we enjoyed the fact that the steering had a heavy feel in each setting – something you don’t see on most BMWs today. With that being said, handling on the new X4 M40i is very impressive. It may not be as sharp as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Porsche Macan S, but it is better than other rivals listed below. The throttle response is also very quick and remarkably smooth. In Sport+ Mode, the X4 M40i really performs its best with an outstanding exhaust sound that rumbles, pops, and gurgles.

As a daily driver, the 2019 BMW X4 M40i is undeniably comfortable. No matter how fast you’re going in the X4 M40i, it doesn’t feel rough and doesn’t feel like you’re driving a 4,323 lbs. crossover. Overall, the X4 M40i is an exceptional performance crossover and an excellent daily driver.

EPA-rated fuel economy for the 2019 BMW X4 M40i comes in at 20/27 mpg* (city/highway).

Safety:

Other than the long list of standard safety features you can optionally add on the Driving Assistance Package which gives you Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Pedestrian and Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The Driving Assistance Plus Package will give you all the above mention driver assist technologies plus Adaptive Cruise Control.

Overall:

After spending a week with the 2019 BMW X4 M40i, we have to admit that this is an outstanding performance luxury crossover that goes hard when you need it to and also doubles as a comfortable daily driver. The new and bold exterior design, stylish new interior, and the list of tech features only help make this one of the best vehicles in its segment. Prices for the 2019 BMW X4 M40i start at $60,450**. Visit your local AutoNation BMW dealership for a quick spin today.

*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**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.

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