BMW made quite a statement in 2010 when they debuted the X5 M high-performance SUV, starting a segment in which nearly every luxury auto brand participates. It weighed over 5,000 pounds, but it was almost as fast and as nimble as most purebred sports cars. Ten years later, the automaker has finally released the 2020 BMW X4 M alongside its X3 M brother, offering a more stylish expression of a compact crossover with performance to match its sporting looks.
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2020 BMW X4 M Overview
What's New for 2020
The X4 M is a brand new model in BMW's lineup for 2020.
Choosing Your BMW X4 M
The heart of the BMW X4 M is a twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that offers up 480 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque in the base model. The higher performance Competition trim receives a further boost of horsepower to 503, but the torque remains the same.
This power is fed through an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels in both models, allowing the base model to hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds while the Competition gets there 100 milliseconds faster.
The X4 M also receives a healthy amount of chassis tuning, as is expected from the mad scientists over at BMW's M division. They've given it a highly engineered suspension of their own design with electronically controlled dampers that allows the X4 M to go between comfort and crazy, as well as their own high performance steering systems, brakes, and stability control system. The driver is able to access the madness instantly by using the two M buttons on the steering wheel, which transforms the X4 M into an crossover that's convinced it's a sports car.
Even though it's optimized for performance, the X4 M still receives a number of desirable features as standard equipment. These include LED headlights, a premium audio system, and navigation.
These features are identical to those of the X3 M, but there's one important distinction between the two: shape. Unlike the X3 M's conventional crossover shape, the X4 M is styled and curvy, which results in a shrunk cabin and cargo compartment.
This means that it gets only 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space and 50 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is at least 10 cubic feet less than the X3 M in both configurations. Therefore, be aware that the X4 M is a much more stylistic statement than a practical one, at least compared to its sibling.
The BMW X4 M comes in two trims:
It's hard to make an argument that $7,000 is well spent on more power if that power only removes a tenth of a second off of a zero-to-60 mph time. The performance bump between the two is minimal, so you're probably better off optioning a base 2020 BMW X4 M with the upgraded seats and Merino leather instead of the Competition. Also, if you're looking at crossovers and SUVs because you'd like some practicality, you may be better off with the X3 M, as it plays the part of a utility vehicle better.