The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition come with a refreshed exterior and interior, increased torque output, and better 0-60 mph times without any price revisionby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 14:35
BMW recently refreshed a lot of products for the 2022 model year. This even includes the X3M and the X4M models. The exterior tweaks and turns are a standard affair and nothing out of the blue that you wouldn’t expect in a model refresh. But, the most noteworthy improvement here is the new engine tuning that adds extra torque. This results in improved 0-60 mph times. And, what cost do these improvements come at? Well, not a dime as there is no price revision for the 2022 model. Seems a little more attractive now, doesn’t it?
2022 BMW X4 M and X4 M Competition
Horsepower @ RPM:503
Torque @ RPM:479
0-60 time:3.7 sec.
Top Speed:177 mph
How Different Are The BMW X4 M and X4 M Competition On The Outside?
Things look a little more aggressive and sharper on the outside. Up front, the enlarged kidney grille now extends into the front bumper. The air intake here in the center is also wider and flatter. A black bar bearing the iCam provides visual separation of the grille.
The M-specific bumper is also redesigned and comes with large air vents to channel cool air to the engine, transmission, and brakes. They also improve the aerodynamics of the SUV. The adaptive LED headlights have gotten sleeker, too, to complement the mean face.
There are air vents on the front fenders as well. These vents and wing mirrors come finished in high-gloss black. While the X3 M features a body-colored roof spoiler, the X4 M and the X4 M Competition feature a high-gloss black spoiler. You can have a CFRP-composed spoiler for extra moolah. The X4 M also features a new rear bumper with a gloss black finish to a major portion. To wrap it all off, two pairs of tailpipes frame the diffuser.
As for the wheels and tires, the X4 M rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 255/45 section tires at the front and 265/45 section tires at the rear. The X4 M Competition comes with bigger 21-inch wheels with 255/40 section tires at the front and 265/40 section tires at the rear.
The 2022 X4 M will be available in eight different exterior shades, four of which are newly available:
- Carbon Black Metallic
- Brooklyn Grey Metallic
- Bay Blue Metallic
- Sao Paulo Yellow
How Big Are The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition X4 M Competition?
The X4 M and the X4 M Competition measure 187.5 inches in length, 75.9 inches in width, and 63.7 inches in height (63.8 inches in case of the X4 Competition). To compare it with the X3 M, this SUV is 1.5 inches longer, 1.2 inches wider, but two inches shorter. It offers a 112.8-inch long wheelbase and comes with 8.1 inches of ground clearance.
|Width including mirrors||84.2|
How Much Do The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition Weigh?
The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition weigh 4,597 pounds. It is 13 pounds lighter than the X3 M and the X3 M Competition. It comes with a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution.
Is The Drag Coefficient Rating Of The X4 M Any Better Than The X3 M?
In case you’re wondering if the sloping roofline on the X4 M aids aerodynamics any better than the X3 M, then the answer is no. Both the models come with a drag coefficient of 0.36. The Competition models don’t make any difference either.
What’s Different On The Inside Of The X4 M and X4 M Competition?
The basic layout seems to be inspired by the BMW 4 Series. The SUV comes with M sports seats with electrically adjustable headrests and illuminated M logos. The company will offer Extended Merino leather upholstery as standard. There are different colors on option:
- Sakhir Orange/Black
- Adelaide Grey/Sakhir Orange
- Midrand Beige/Black
You can also have Alcantara on the flanks of the center console to cover the knee pads. Apart from this, you can opt for Individual Merino leather upholstery in Tartufo as an option if you want more luxury and premium vibes. BMW M stripes on the seat belts come on the Competition model to differentiate it from the standard X4 M.
Coming to the tech specs, the BMW X4 M and Competition feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the leather steering wheel. The center console houses a 12.3-inch touchscreen that runs on the iDrive 7.0 system and features Live Cockpit Professional as standard. The buttons on the center console are also redesigned. BMW has also equipped new buttons borrowed from the M3 and M4. To top it all off, a Harmon Kardon surround system is offered as standard.
How Spacious Are The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition?
In the first row, the X4M offers 39.5 inches of headroom, 40.7 inches of legroom, and 57.5 inches of shoulder room. The second row offers 37.2 inches of headroom, 35.5 inches of legroom, and 56 inches of shoulder room.
The X3 M offers better headroom in both the rows and better legroom in the second row. The legroom in the first row is just 0.4 inches better, while the shoulder room is almost identical. For the headroom, blame the sloping roof line at the back. The wheelbase measures the same on both the vehicles, but there is a difference in legroom ratings. The rear row legroom is 0.9 inches less while the first-row legroom is 0.4 inches better.
The X4 M Competition package doesn’t impact the dimensions in any way.
|Shoulder width front||57.5|
|Shoulder room 2nd row||56.0|
|Legroom 2nd row||35.5|
|Headroom 2nd row||37.2|
How Much Cargo Space Do The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition Offer?
The X4 M offers 23.7 cubic feet of space behind the second row. Despite being longer, the cargo space here is five cubic feet less than the X3 M’s. So, if you’re looking for a spacious vehicle between the two, the X3 M should be your pick.
What Powers The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition?
The 2022 BMW X4 and X4 M Competition are powered by a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine.
The automaker developed this engine in 2019 and is used in the M3 and the M4 as well. Under the X4 M’s hood, this engine produces 473 horses at 6,250 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque between 2,750- and 5,450 rpm. It’s an improvement of 13 pound-feet of torque over the 2021 model.
The X4 M Competition, on the other hand, is slightly more powerful. It churns out 503 ponies at 6,250 rpm and 479 pound-feet of twist between 2,750- and 5,500 rpm. The horsepower is the same as before, but the torque figures are improved by 37 pound-feet when compared to the 2021 model. Power is sent to all the wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox in both cases.
|BMW X4 M||BMW X4 M Competition|
|Valves per cylinder||4||4|
|Bore x Stroke||84.0 x 90.0||84.0 x 90.0|
|Engine power||473 @ 6,250 rpm||503 @ 6,250 rpm|
|Engine torque||457 @ 2,750 – 5,450 rpm||479 @ 2,750 – 5,500 rpm|
|Top speed (w/M Perf. Package)||155 (174)||155 (177)|
What Are The 0-60 mph Times and Top Speed On The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition?
This torque improvement results in better 0-60 mph times.
The X4 M takes 3.9 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest, whereas the X4 M Competition takes 3.7 seconds.
This makes the X4 M two-tenths of a second and the X4 M Competition three-tenth of a second quicker than the models they replace. The top speed is limited to 155 mph in both cases, but can be unlocked to 174 mph on the X4 M and 177 mph on the X4 M Competition.
2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition Suspension and Exhaust System
The 2022 BMW X4 M comes with a standard adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers. The damping forces can be adjusted individually for each wheel at the touch of a button. Three preset modes come from the factory – Comfort, Sport, and Sport+
The 2022 BMW X4 M Competition comes with an M Sport exhaust system for those extra grunts and roars to make any enthusiast weak in the knees. The system features variable flaps that allow for the sounds to be altered. The exhaust sounds different in the Normal, Sport, and Sport+ modes. If you don’t want to trouble your neighbors, then you can use the M Sound Control switch to make it quieter.
How Much Do The 2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition Cost?
There is no price hike for the 2022 model year. The X4 M starts at $73,400 which doesn’t include a $995 destination. The Competition package is priced at $7,000, equipping which will bring the price to $80,400 before destination.
2022 X4 M and X4 M Competition Rivals
The Mercedes rival to the X4 M is the GLC 63 Coupe. Mercedes offers another trim called the GLC 63 S Coupe that takes on the BMW X4 M Competition. In terms of the dimensions, the X4 M and the GLC 63 are eerily similar. On the inside, the Merc is just as plush and comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that runs on the highly detailed MBUX system.
Unlike the six-pot mill of the X4 M, the AMG GLC 63 features a bi-turbo V-8 mill that displaces at four liters. It makes 469 horses between 5,500- and 6,250 rpm, and 479 pound-feet of torque between 1,750- and 4,500 rpm. It takes 3.8 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest. The GLC 63 S, on the other hand, makes 503 horses and 516 pound-feet of torque. It takes 3.6 seconds to sprint from 0-60 mph. Both these ratings are 0.1 second better than the updated Bimmer.
As for the price, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 starts at $76,900 and the GLC 63 S starts at $84,500. This makes them around $3,000- and $4,000 more expensive than the BMW X4 M and the X4 M Competition, respectively.
Read our full review on the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe
The top-spec Porsche Macan is another alternative to consider if you’re shopping in this segment. Porsches are known for their handling and driving dynamics, and this is no exception. The specs aren’t at par with the X4 M or the GLC 63, but as the automaker says, “It drives like a Sportscar”. In terms of exterior dimensions, it is barely a couple of inches smaller than the other Germans. It rides on 20-inch wheels with 265/45 section tires up front and 295/40 section tires at the rear.
The Macan Turbo is powered by a 2.9-liter, V-6 twin-turbo engine that puts out 434 horses between 5,700- and 6,600 rpm, and 405 pound-feet of twist between 1,800- and 5,600 rpm. The strong low- and mid-range puts it at an advantage over its rivals. Power is sent to all the wheels via a seven-speed, lightning-quick PDK. It sprints to 60 mph from rest in 4.3 seconds as standard, and 4.1 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package.
It starts at $84,600, making it $4,200 dearer than the BMW X4 M Competition and just $100 pricier than the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S.
Read our full review on the Porsche Macan Turbo
2022 X4 M and X4 M Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The SUV comes with some standard driver-assistance features. They are:
- Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation
- Active Blind Spot Detection
- Lane Departure warning
- Speed Limit Information
Driving Assistance Professional package is offered as optional and it includes:
- Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go-function (usable up to 130 mph)
- Emergency Stop Assistant
- Emergency Lane Assistant
- Active Lane Keeping Assist
When Will The 2022 BMW X4 M and X4 M Competition Arrive?
BMW has noted that the X4 M will launch in September 2021. Deliveries should commence by the end of the year.
Unless you have a soft corner for these ‘sloping roofline’ SUVs, there’s actually no reason for you to pick this over the X3 M. The X3 M offers more cargo area and better space at the rear. The X3 M and the X4 M along with their Competition come with the same engine and performance specs, identical wheelbase and ground clearance, etc., but the X3 M starts at $3,500 cheaper. But, that said, you can’t really go wrong with either of them.