2019 BMW X4 M40i Review

BMW X4M40i 2019 Road Test Review

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The booming mid-size premium AWD SUV segment is full of a diverse array of offerings from almost all manufacturers. BMW created a sub segment with the X6 a number of years ago and labelled it a Sport Activity Vehicle. Following on from that the X4 M40i crosses over prestige and sport AWD SUV. BMW likes to be different and labels the X4 the first ever Sports Activity Coupé (SAC). Got to love the marketing people.

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X4 M40i External –

Externally the new X4 styling is quite beautiful. There are those that definitely don’t like, but I do. The distinctive front face guarantees it is immediately recognisable as a member of the BMW X family. In profile, the low coupé-style roofline extending into the rear is a distinctive feature which also clearly sets the BMW X4 apart.

The features that define it as an M Performance vehicle are the enlarged air inlets, Cerium Grey kidney grille and mirrors as well as the 21 inch light alloys and free form tail pipes in black chrome. Obviously the M40i badges are a dead giveaway as well.

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Interestingly the M40i runs two different size tyres front to back. Front tyres are 245/40 R21 on 21 inch 8.5 inch rims and the rear tyres are 275/35 R21 on 21 inch 9.5 inch rims.

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X4 M40i Internal

Internally the X4 is definitely aimed at the front occupants. A typical BMW ‘M’ cockpit faces the driver, where every control element is angled towards the driver for optimal ergonomics. Both front seats are electrically adjustable Vernasca leather Sport seats and exceptionally comfortable for long trips. Despite its coupé-style roofline the front seats are only marginally lower than the X3 so the occupants still get that elevated driving position and feel. I would opt for the ventilated seat option.

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In front of the driver is the exclusive three-spoke designed M Leather steering wheel, in Walknappa Black which includes multifunction buttons, an M badge and an integrated driver-side airbag. This frames the bespoke digital instrument binnacle. Throughout the cabin there are M Performance elements such as the exclusive M badging and door sills.

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The rear seat bench has two elegant coupé-style individual seats and although it will fit 3 at a squeeze it is better suited to two occupants. There is just adequate headroom, shoulder, knee and leg room. Bear in mind that the X4 really is better suited to a couple rather than a family.

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The BMW M40i comes equipped with 40:20:40 split fold rear seats which allows for a flexible luggage compartment capacity of between 500 and 1,430 litres. A storage compartment package with a range of handy storage and luggage carrying features is also standard.

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X4 M40i Features

These include cruise control with braking function, front and rear Park Distance Control, Rear View Camera and Surround View, with 360 degree visibility, providing optimum assistance for parking and manoeuvring in confined spaces.

Comfort access system, including keyless vehicle access and contactless tailgate operation is also included with base specification, in addition to ConnectedDrive Freedom, which consists of ConnectedDrive Services, Remote Services, Real Time Traffic Information and Concierge Services.

The entire cache of ConnectedDrive features is completed by Intelligent Emergency Call, Teleservices and Real Time Traffic Information, while DAB+ Digital Radio and Harman/ Kardon Surround Sound system, with 16 loud speakers, headline the entertainment offerings.

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X4 M40i Engine and Drivetrain –

The heart of the X4 M40i is a straight 3.0 litre, six cylinder engine, with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, adding significant output over the other X4 variants. Generating power of 265kW @ 6500 rpm and 500Nm @ 1520-4800 rpm of torque, the BMW X4 M40i charges from 0-100k m/h in 4.8 seconds, has a top governed speed of 250 km/h while ADR fuel consumption measures at 9.2 L/100K. That is outstanding performance and pretty good economy. BMW M40i is fitted with an eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission.

A blend of specially tuned Adaptive M suspension, Variable Sports Steering and M Sport brakes as standard give the BMW X4 M40i levels of ride handling, performance and economy that is rivalled by few other vehicles. In short it is awesome to drive. The peak torque coming in at a lazy 1520 rpm means amazing tractability with an abundance of acceleration on tap at any stage.

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The sports characteristics of the X4xDrive35d are far in excess of what 99.99% of drivers will ever utilise. It gives the driver a level of feel and control that probably most buyers wouldn’t have experienced before. Adding to the outstanding dynamics is the rear-biased BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system, with electronically controlled M Sport differential allowing you to take corners like never before.

The Adaptive M suspension can be electronically adjusted at any time to suit the road and driving conditions. The driver can also adjust the suspension characteristics via the Driving Experience Control to enable their preferred driving style at the time – from comfortable to extremely athletic with markedly agile handling.

The intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system smoothly and variably distributes drive power to the front and rear wheels for maximum traction, driving dynamics and safety in every driving situation. For even better agility, the electronically controlled power distribution for instance counterbalances oversteer or understeer on bends. The M Sport differential optimises traction and driving stability when driving dynamically or on different road surfaces.

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X4 M40i Driving Experience –

From the moment you first sit in the M40i you feel that it is in harmony with you. With a cockpit that is deliberately orientated towards the driver, superbly comfortable seats and the thick M steering wheel, you are ready for an engaging driving experience.

It does have a little burble, not in a V8 way but enough to alert the ears. Select ‘D’ and away you go. Under harder acceleration there is an ever so slight wait while the twin turbos kick in, made more noticeable by the fact that in the same week I had the Range Rover Sport V8 SC SVR, which had instantaneous acceleration. Once it all kicks in, the M40i just powers away.

First thing you notice is how responsive the Variable sport steering with Servotronic is to minimal input. The variable ratio changes with speed, lighter at parking speeds, more direct at highway speeds.

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Even in normal suspension setting the X4 feels glued to the road. It also feels considerably smaller than it is, especially in tight sweeping or sharp bends. There is much less weight transfer than you would imagine. All this occurs with a smooth and extremely compliant suspension. Play with the dynamics settings and you can tailor the experience to the conditions and your level of experience.

The other thing I noticed is how quiet and comfortable the BMW is while all this is happening. You are cocooned in many ways, with the ergonomics and with the NVH characteristics. The low profile tyres provide not only awesome grip, but more give than you might expect.

As mentioned the X4 feels like an extension of you, you are totally in control, not just steering like some other performance SUVs. You jump out feeling exhilarated and look forward to simply going for a drive.

X4 M40i Dimensions –

The overall length is 4752mm with a wheelbase of 2864mm. It has a peak height of 1621mm and width of 1938mm (with folded mirrors). The kerb weight of the X4 is 1783kg. Turning circle kerb to kerb is 12.1m. The towing capacity is 2000kg, with a tow ball rating of 100kg.

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X4 M40i Safety –

The X4 doesn’t have an ANCAP safety rating but comes with a whole heap of safety features such as ABS (Antilock Brakes), a bundle of airbags, blind spot sensor, and brake assist, 360 degree camera vision, forward collision mitigation and warning, forward (low speed), corner braking control, electronic damper control, electronic stability control, hill descent control, front and rear park distance control.

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X4 M40i Fit for Purpose –

Well this is a difficult one, because the X4 is so hard to define the purpose. Is it an AWD SUV for adventure, is it a sports coupe, a hatchback? My view is that it is the second car, for the enthusiastic driver that will take a partner and occasionally another couple or some kids for short drives. As a long distance Grand Tourer for a couple it seems to fit perfectly, especially if they are heading to the snow or someplace similar. As a sport Prestige Sport SUV it also fits perfectly.

X4 M40i Summary –

The new BMW X4M40i is based on the technical blueprint of the BMW X3, but displays a coupe style, sporting character and a generous level of standard specifications – very much its own.

Remember that while the X4 M40i is technically an AWD SUV, it definitely isn’t designed for virtually any sort of off road driving. It is ideally suited to trips to the snow with icy roads, trips to the holiday house or farm and it does allow the driver to tow a small trailer. It is however a stylish coupe aligned design that provides the best of what BMW can provide for an astonishingly reasonable price.

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What’s Good:

  • Style and driving feel
  • Chassis dynamics
  • Space and practicality

 What’s Not:

  • AWD for handling only
  • Long and expensive options list
  • Slight turbo lag

Model    X4 M40i  

Model Price $109,900 MLP*

Engine   3.0L Straight 6

Drivetrain 8 Sp AT AWD

Power     265 kW @ 6500 rpm

Torque   500 Nm @ 1500 rpm

Safety TBA

CO2 210 g/km

Economy actual   9.2 L/100 km

Servicing BSI Programme

Tow Rating 2000 kg

Tow Ball Rating    100 kg

Warranty 3 Yrs / Unlimited km 3 Yrs Roadside Assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Overall Rating:    86/100

Behind the Wheel 9

Comfort 9

Equipment 9

Performance 9

Ride & Handling  10

Practicality 9

Fit for Purpose 10

Towing Ability 6

Off Road Ability   5

Value for Money 10

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Remember that while the X4 M40i is technically an AWD SUV, it definitely isn’t designed for virtually any sort of off road driving. It is ideally suited to trips to the snow with icy roads, trips to the holiday house or farm and it does allow the driver to tow a small trailer. It is however a stylish coupe aligned design that provides the best of what BMW can provide for an astonishingly reasonable price.  

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.