What Is It?
The 2019 BMW X4 M40i M Performance isn’t just the range-topping variant of the X4 premium compact crossover. It also heralds a brand-new generation of X4. This sloped-roof version of the X3 (which was all-new for 2018) makes its North American debut at the 2018 New York auto show.
So far, the new X4 lineup consists of the xDrive30i and this model, which has the letter M appear in its name a lot of times for a vehicle that isn’t a proper BMW M vehicle. By that we mean something along the lines of the rip-roaring M3. But BMW has been making more of the M brand these days. So while the X4 may not merit such an extreme high-performance makeover, it can certainly handle a generous amount of muscle and some of the extras that usually come with it.
The muscle in question is 355 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. Although it doesn’t have “xDrive” mentioned in its name (BMW’s term for all-wheel drive), each wheel receives power via an 8-speed automatic transmission with a Launch Control function as standard. According to BMW, the sprint from standstill to 60 mph takes just 4.6 seconds, only an eye blink slower than the M3. Among its selectable driving modes is a Sport Plus setting.
The M Performance part of the equation means a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, aerodynamic and cosmetic body additions, sport seats, a sport exhaust system and beefier brakes set behind 19-inch alloy wheels. It’s also eligible for an optional M Sport differential for even greater cornering abilities.
Other options include a color head-up display (larger than the previous generation’s), Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices, a 360-degree camera system with a remote-view function displayed on an owner’s smartphone and driver-assistance packages for advanced safety features.
The 2019 BMW X4 M40i M Performance starts at $61,445.
When Can You Get It?
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Right now, there isn’t a faster, more driver-focused version of the X4 than this.
Other Cars to Consider
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC C 43 Coupe — Comes to this fight with 362 hp and an adjustable air suspension.
2018 Audi SQ5 — Not so dramatic with its roofline, but packs 354 hp and a lot of cool tech.
Used BMW X6 M — Bigger in size, bigger in presence, bigger in power.