The X4 comes in three versions. The xDrive28i and xDrive35i are powered by BMW's familiar turbocharged inline-four and inline-six motors, respectively. New this year is the X4 M40i, which cranks out 355 horsepower. In each case power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The X4 shares its platform with the X3; both are built at BMW's massive South Carolina facility. Per modern BMW practice, all driving systems are heavily computerized and managed through several driving-mode settings. Also as usual for BMWs, the X4 is loaded with occupant-safety systems; although the X4 has not been crash-tested by the IIHS, we expect its crashworthiness to be very similar to the X3's excellent results.
- The 28i and 35i are available with either xLine (a few dress accents) or M Sport (a light performance-image treatment) trim to better match those who prefer another touch of high-class ornamentation or live a more active lifestyle, respectively.
- We recommend taking the plunge on Dynamic Damper Control, which brings more driving mode options and an improved handling balance. We then recommend leaving it in Sport or Sport Plus as much as possible, which brings everything back to the reality that this is a BMW, after all.
- Prepare for the typical BMW experience of resolving option package clashes and occasionally adding expensive features to get other (often expensive) features.
Choosing the X4's fashionable lines means spending a few thousand dollars more than on a comparable X3. The X4 xDrive28i starts at $45,250, the 35i lists at $49,700 and base on the M40i is $57,800; add $995 for delivery and then start considering your options, which can rapidly add several thousand dollars more to the bottom line.