• 2022 BMW X4 M - Driven

The X4 M is one of the quirkiest models out there, and it gets even better for 2022

“Look at me,” the X4 M Competition screams as it rolls down the city streets, through parking lots, or just about anywhere cars and people come together. Based on the best-selling BMW X3, the X4 is so interesting and quirky because it ditches the X3’s “normal” roofline for something that is more coupe-inspired. It features the same twin-turbo inline-six found in the M3 and M4, which is why the X4 M is the highest-performing coupe-SUV in the compact segment. That doesn’t mean it’s not without some stout competition, though. Mercedes has the AMG GLC 63 Coupe in its stable, while Porsche has the Macan GTS. The X4 M was updated for the 2022 model year, though, which was quite a surprise since it was launched back in 2019 for the 2020 model year. BMW claims that it has taken customer feedback into consideration, but is it all smoke and mirrors? We spent a week with the updated 2022 BMW X4 M Competition to find out for ourselves.

2022 BMW X4 M Changes: What’s New and What’s Changed?

The 2022 BMW X4 M isn’t a new model, but BMW gave it quite the comprehensive facelift, starting with the new and larger BMW kidney grille that’s paired with restyled, thinner LED headlights. BMW has updated or replaced the front fascia, central air intake, corner air intakes, and the rear bumper to give the X4 M a fresh look, which is also helped by the updated color palette. New exterior color choices include Brooklyn Grey Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Bay Blue Metallic, and the more-impressive-in-person Sao Paulo Yellow that you see in the pictures we’re sharing with you in this review.

The interior also went through a nice update with newly revised HVAC vents, a new climate control panel, and new center console controls that are borrowed straight from the BMW M3 and M4. The central touchscreen infotainment system has been upgraded to 12.3 inches and now matches the 12.3-inch driver information center \ digital instrument cluster that sits ahead of the steering wheel. In terms of performance, BMW has managed to make some mild enhancements. This doesn’t mean there’s more horsepower, but there is improved torque, which really matters since the X4 M is now even quicker than before with the Competition model taking just 3.7 seconds to 60 mph.

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    • Stiff and uncomfortable ride
    • Less practical due to the sloping roof
    • Hard to get used to the appearance
    • Not friendly in terms of fuel economy
    • Arguably too many customization options

BMW X4 M Trims

BMW X4 M Trims
TRIM ENGINE TRANSMISSION DRIVETRAIN PRICE (MSRP)
Base 3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6 Gas 8-Speed Automatic All-Wheel Drive $73,400

BMW X4 M Exterior

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The BMW X4 M is, essentially, the perfect blend between the X3 M and the X6, the latter of which is obviously in relation to the coupe-like sloped roof. Despite the lower roofline, the X4 M isn’t only sporty but it’s still a purposeful SUV. In the front, the grille is larger than before, but it’s not exactly huge like you see on the M4 or iX, for example. The LED headlights are thinner and sharper than those of the 2021 model, while the new corner intakes feel a little overbearing – almost like BMW was trying a little too hard. Of course, the X4 M is designed to be a high-performance and emotional vehicle, so the overzealous design isn’t all that surprising. It certainly screams look at me. As a side note, the big vents are also functional with the air shunted into the engine bay for added cooling.

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Moving to the rear, there are long, sleek taillight clusters, a nice little subtle M rear spoiler, and the massive quad-exit tailpipes. 20-inch alloy wheels come as standard, as does the Shadowline exterior trim, aerodynamic kit, and a power panoramic moonroof. If you opt for the Competition Package, however, you can get the 21-inch wheels and the extended Shadowline trim.

Dimensions

The BMW X4 M sits firmly in the compact luxury SUV segment. It’s not exactly small, but it’s not large or difficult to park either. It’s like a mini version of the X6, to be honest. It measures 187.5 inches long, 75.9 inches wide, and 63.8 inches tall, with a wheelbase of 112.8 inches. Its curb weight comes in at 4,597 pounds, but it has a perfect 50-50 weight distribution so, while it’s not light, it is very well composed when you put the hammer down in the corners.

BMW X4 M Exterior Dimensions
Length 187.5 Inches
Width 75.9 Inches
Height 63.7 Inches
Front Width 63.7 Inches
Rear Width 64.3 Inches
Wheelbase 112.8 Inches
Curb Weight 4,597 Pounds

Exterior Colors

BMW added four new colors to the options list for the 2022 model year, including Sao Paulo Yellow like you see on our test car, and three different metallic colors: Carbon Black, Brooklyn Grey, and Marina Bay Blue. The yellow, which is arguably the coolest of them all comes free, but the others come at an extra fee of $550. The only other no-cost paint option outside of the Sau Paulo Yellow is Alpine white. The other metallic colors available include Black Sapphire, Dark Graphite, and Toronto Red, all of which carry on with the $550 add-on. If you’re not sure what color to go with, the Black Sapphire Metallic and Jet Black wheels look amazing together as does the combination of Toronto Red Metallic and jet black wheels.

BMW X4 M Color Options
Carbon Black Metallic Black Sapphire Metallic Dark Graphite Metallic
Marina Bay Blue Metallic Toronto Red Metallic Brooklyn Grey Metallic
Alpine White Sau Paulo Yellow

BMW X4 M Performance

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Not that the X4 M was ever slow, but for 2022, BMW felt it was only right to make it even faster than before. The 3.0-liter inline-six now delivers either 473 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque or 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque in the Competition guise. The base model comes with an increase of 15 pound-feet over the outgoing model year while the competition has an extra 37 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. Power is sent to the ground via the M-tuned xDrive AWD that’s rear-axle biased. The standard model can now hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds – down from 4.1 seconds – while the Competition model can hit the same benchmark in 3.7 seconds, which marks a 0.3-second improvement.

These figures put the X4 M ahead of the Macan GTS with the Sport Chrono package (4.1 seconds). The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe and Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV are supposedly quicker, though BMW is very conservative with its numbers, so in real-world testing, it’s quite possible a different story (anybody wants to organize that race?). In the end, the X4 M will hit a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited) or 177 mph with the optional M Driver’s package.

Engine and Transmission

The X4 M features BMW’s tried and true S58 six-cylinder engine, and for 2022 it was upgraded to deliver a little bit of extra torque. The standard model delivers 473 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, which is an improvement of 15 pound-feet, while the X4 M Competition now produces 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, an improvement of 37 pound-feet of torque. Most of the torque can be attributed to the introduction of the forged lightweight crankshaft from the M3 and M4. The best part is that the engine offers an impressively high redline of 7,200 rpm so the X4 M is, essentially, the best of both worlds.

In other words, the engine is designed in a way that there’s plenty of torque low in the rev range for amazing acceleration but, at the same time, it doesn’t feel like it runs out of breath when you start to approach the redline. What’s really interesting is that you can’t really tell that the S58 is turbocharged. I mean, you can hear it if you really listen for it, but it sounds a lot raspier like older, naturally aspirated BMWs. Shifting duties are handled exclusively by an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and launch control.

If you slap it into Sport mode the car will magically get rid of any turbo lag that’s apparent in other drive modes, and acceleration is downright crazy from a standstill or when overtaking a vehicle at speed. The transmission is very impressive and is honestly on par with the best dual-clutch transmissions out there in terms of shifting speed yet, at the same time, it’s smooth and relaxing when you let it handle shifts itself.

BMW X4 M Performance Specs
BMW X4 M BMW X4 M Competition
Engine 3.0-Liter Inline-Six 3.0-Liter Inline-Six
Horsepower 473 @ 6250
Torque 457 @ 2750
Transmission Eight-Speed Auto Eight-Speed Auto
Driveline AWD AWD
0-60 MPH 3.9 Seconds 3.7 Seconds
Top Speed 155 MPH 177 MPH with M Driver's Package

Handling and Driving Impressions

There’s no denying that the BMW X4 M is a true performance machine and, despite being a family-worthy crossover, it can match speeds that were once reserved for the finest, most expensive, and highly exotic vehicles in the world. That statement holds true whether you’re blazing down the half-mile in a straight line or doing your best to straighten the tightest of corners. But, this is a heavy crossover, so that performance comes at a cost: the brutal, almost uncomfortable ride. For 2022, the X4 M does feature a somewhat softer suspension (to my surprise) and it doesn’t ride like an old-school lowrider anymore, but you’ll never mistake it for a magic carpet ride, that’s for sure. If you’re someone who ventures off freshly paved roads, I would highly recommend spending your test drive on the roughest road you can find, just to make sure it’s something you can put up with. The comfort suspension setting does help a bit, especially on the highway, but in general, it’s a rough ride.

As is the case with all new M cars, there is a seemingly unending list of customization options that include the Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus modes for the steering and suspension, Efficient, Sport, and Sport Plus settings for the engine, and to top it all off, two different modes for the AWD system. Seriously, you can spend all day trying different combinations to find what fits your personality best. It’s cool, but it can be quite annoying at the same time. The good news is that once you find the settings that you like, you can save your settings onto one of the two red “M” buttons on the steering wheel. I kept everything in sport most of the time, but after half a week, I defaulted to keeping the suspension in full comfort mode.

Something that I had a lot of fun with was, honestly, abusing this X4 M. I learned that if you put the AWD system in sport mode the traction control system will shut off, which means you can do some pretty epic burnouts and even a few drifts here and there. I wouldn’t want to leave it set like this all of the time if you have a heavy foot, but in the moment, it can be extremely fun. So much fun, in fact, I forgot that I was beating on a $90,000 vehicle. Outside of this, I found the steering and brakes to be precise but, to be quite honest, sometimes they are a little too precise. The brakes, for example, feel quite unforgiving in traffic and are very grabby. On the plus side, at speed, they will definitely bring to you a stop in a hot second.

X4 M Gas Mileage and Fuel Economy

Oddly enough, the 2022 BMW X4 M is actually just a tiny bit more efficient than the 2021 model. The 2022 model achieves 15 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined according to the EPA. That represents a one mpg rating across the lineup During the entire week of driving the X4 M Competition, we got just 14.4 mpg combined, and we did a fair amount of highway driving so we were honestly expecting more. In the end, the 17.2-gallon gas tank is for anywhere between 250 and 290 miles depending on your driving style and whether or not you spend more time in the city or highway.

BMW X4 M Fuel Economy
City Highway Combined
BMW X4 M 15 MPG 20 MPG 17 MPG

BMW X4 M Interior

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Along with all of the other updates, BMW also saw fit to give the X4 M’s interior a nice little update. The M sport seats are standard as is the 12.3-inch touchscreen display that is positioned above the newly designed HVAC vents and controls for the climate control system. There are new controls on the center console that were carried over straight from the M3 and M4, and while there are multiple driving modes and settings, the M steering wheel buttons make it a bit easier to make sense of it all. Naturally, quality is the highlight of the interior, and as is the usual case the X4 M doesn’t disappoint. As for interior space, the X3 will obviously have more headroom, especially in the rear, but we didn’t find the X4 M’s rear cabin space to be uncomfortable at all – it’s still pretty spacious. Standard features include the M sport seats with the power bolsters, multi-zone climate control, M-specific digital gauge cluster, and the panoramic moonroof, among many others.

Seating and Interior Space

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Since the X4 M is based on the X3, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the X4 M is strictly a five-seat vehicle, and don’t even think about asking for a third row (not that anyone would fit with that low roof, anyway). The sloping roofline, while not drastically affecting comfort does drastically affect overall cabin space. The X4 M does offer a bit more legroom than the X3, though headroom is reduced by more than an inch in the front and the rear. The biggest issue is ingress and egress in the rear as the low roof makes it quite easy to knock your melon on the way in or out. Likewise, rear legroom is reduced by a bit over an inch, and rear visibility isn’t horrible but it’s not great, either. The X4 M does offer decent enough space, but if passenger volume and cargo space is on the top of your priorities list, then the X3 M might be a better fit.

BMW X4 M Interior Dimensions
BMW X4 M
Front Headroom 57.5 Inches
Front Shoulder Room 39.5 Inches
Front Leg Room 40.7 Inches
Rear Headroom 37.2 Inches
Rear Shoulder Room 56.0 Inches
Rear Leg Room 35.5 Inches

Interior Colors and Materials

BMW isn’t misleading you one bit when it comes to interior appearance. The entire perceived notion of quality isn’t a joke. The cabin doesn’t only look good but exhibits amazing build quality. There are no squeaks, rattles, or other annoyances that you’ll typically find on budget models, and rightfully so. There is still plastic here and there, but BMW went as far as using softer plastics in the lower portions of the cabin which you generally don’t touch. Standard materials here include an Anthracite headliner, carbon fiber trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The seats are finished in Black Vernasca leather as standard, but there are silver accents and the M stitching on the steering wheel.

If you feel like paying $1,000 more, you can upgrade to Merino leather upholstery which also includes even nicer M sport seats. You can opt for Black, Tartufo, Adelaide Grey/Black, and Sakhir Orange/black. If you opt for the $7,000 Competition Package you can choose to get Black Merino leather and Midrand Beige contrast, but again it comes as part of a very expensive option, so that’s a tough call, even when money isn’t tight. If you’re not a fan of carbon fiber, you can get Fine Wood open-pored Ash Grain, Smoke Grey Aluminum Rhombicle, or Individuals Piano Finish inlays instead, if you’d like.

X4 M Trunk and Cargo Space

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The BMW X$ M offers up just 18.5 cubic-feet of cargo space, which is practically nothing by SUV standards, but then again this isn’t exactly a practical body style. The X3 M on which it’s based, for example, has more than 28.5 cubic-feet of cargo room. Form of function? Well, that’s the X4 M’s specialty. That said, you can still easily carry a week’s worth of groceries (as long as you don’t have a huge family), but if you’re going to carry a lot of luggage, the 40-20-40 folding rear seats will serve you quite well. Lay all three portions of the seat down, and the X4 M will carry up to 50.5 cubic-feet of cargo at the sacrifice of being able to accommodate rear passengers, of course.

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There is a decent amount of interior storage space, though. Front and rear occupants have dual cupholders and the storage in the front center console is certainly amble. All doors have decently sized door bins for little items, and the glove box up front is locking. I wouldn’t store anything super important in there, but the locking function might provide at least some peace of mind.

X4 M Infotainment and Features

Features

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There is no dearth of features built into the X4 M, as it is the range-topping of the X4 lineup. It comes fully loaded with M sport seats that have two-way power side bolster and three-stage heating. The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster features M-specific graphics and there’s a memory system for the seat and exterior mirror positions. There’s a multi-color ambient light system, an advanced memory key, push-button ignition, rain-sensing wipers, a power tailgate, and the universal garage door opener.

While the safety features might feel a bit like nannyware, it’s not all bad and in the wrong hands, it could save someone from the worst when they exercise all 500 ponies at their disposal. Standard features include the rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, active blind-spot detection, lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning. If you feel like optioning more, you can get a head-up display, heated rear seats, and the gimmicky gesture controls.

Infotainment

Sadly, the BMW X4 M, despite being updated for 2022, doesn’t have BMW’s latest iDrive software that’s now being distributed through the rest of the lineup, now included in the iX and i4 electric cars. That doesn’t mean that the X4 M is outdated, though, as iDrive 7 is quite advanced for what it is, and it still comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the latter of which is compatible with the head-up display and can display navigation in real-time. Amazon Alexa integration, gesture controls, remote access via the My BMW App, Connected Parking, and better real-time traffic and navigation data can be had with an optional package if you wish. The Harman Kardon sound system with 16 speakers and a 600-Watt amplifier is standard, though, so no need to pay for an upgrade to get some decent audio quality.

BMW X4 M Problems and Reliability

The BMW X4 M was rated the highest among the crop of compact luxury SUVs with a score of 86 out of 100, including a quality and reliability rating of 89 out of 100. As of the time of this writing, the NHTSA shows two recalls for the 2022 X4 M, neither of which are very important. The first is for license plate illumination failure and the other for incorrect tire label information. The previous year, on the other hand, was recalled four times. That model was recalled twice for rearview camera issues, once for a potential fuel leak, and once for a loss of braking assist. We’ve been led to believe that BMW has addressed all of these issues for the 2022 model year before launch, however, that has yet to be confirmed so do with this information as you wish.

Like any other BMW, the X4 M includes a four-year, 50,000-mile limited warranty plus four years of roadside assistance – you know, in case you forget to get gas or blow out a tire. The X4 M also includes three years or 36,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance for all U.S. customers.

BMW X4 M Warranty

BMW X4 M Warranty
Basic Drivetrain Corrosion Roadside Assistance Maintenance
Length 4 Years 4 Years 12 Years 4 Years 3 Years
Mileage 50,000 50,000 Unlimited Inlimited 36,000

BMW X4 M Safety

Neither the IIHS nor NHTSA has reviewed the BMW X4 M, however, the X3 that it’s based on and shares many components with was awarded a widescale “Good” rating by the IIHS for the 2022 model year, so the X4 is expected to receive a similar rating if it’s actually reviewed.

Key Safety Features

The BMW X4 M is packed with various safety technologies that help prevent accidents and will decrease the odds of serious injury in the event that an accident does occur. This technology includes things like dynamic stability control, hill descent control, and six airbags, with front side bags and head airbags all around. If you opt for the Active Driving Assistance, you will get Forward Collision Warning, Speed Limit Enforcement, Active Blind Spot Detection, and Lane Departure Warning. The Automatic city collision mitigation and braking are standard, as are the front and rear parking sensors, dynamic cruise control, post-crash braking, fatigue alert, focus alert, accident detection and preparation, auto high beams, and BMW Assist. You can also opt for various packages with the aforementioned head-up display, parking assistance, traffic jam assist, lane control assist, and evasion aid.

Is the 2022 BMW X4 M A Good SUV?

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The truth is that the X4 M isn’t designed for the average SUV buyer, as it’s highly specialized and, quite honestly, just not for everyone. BMW has been taking customer feedback into account, which included introducing slightly softer suspension, but the X4 M still isn’t all that suitable for families that will daily drive on rougher roads. The X4 M is a blast to drive, no doubt, but it’s not as fun as cars like the M3 or M4 due to its bulky, high-riding nature.

There is a lot to love about the X4 M, though, including the amazing inline-six engine, impressive performance, and the controversial look. It competes well with models like the AMG GLC 63 Coupe, but if you really want comfort, you can compromise and trade-off a bit of performance for a cushier ride with the X4 M40i. You could also spend a bit more and go with something like the Jaguar F-Pace SVR. If more space is what you need, then just move over to the X3 M, which will net you the same driving experience but with more practicality and a $3,500 discount on the entry price.

How Much Does the 2022 BMW X4 M Cost?

The BMW X4 M has a starting price of $73,600, but there’s also the $995 destination charge in the U.S. that you need to tack onto that. If you want even more power, you can upgrade to the Competition Package as you’ve seen with our test vehicle, but the sticker shock might be bit much as it adds on another $7,000. Add in all the extras, and the X4 M comes in at $88,200 before Destination, so after taxes and all that good stuff, expect to get dangerously close to the $100,000 mark.

BMW X4 M Models

The BMW X4 M is a standalone model with no extra trim levels that sit at the top of the X4 lineup. It’s powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six that makes 473 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque or 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet if you opt for the $7,000 Competition Package. An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters is standard, as is launch control, the M Sport differential, adaptive M suspension, and xDrive AWD system. Unlike the M3 and M4, there is no other configuration option available, so you’re stuck with AWD.

The BMW X4 M doesn’t blend in with the crowd in any way, shape, or form, and rides on 20-inch alloy wheels (or 21-inch wheels with the Competition package). LED lights, Shadowline trim, and the aggressive aerodynamic kit also come standard. The rear end features n M design rear spoiler and quad exhaust outlets.

The interior is essentially the perfect blend of luxury and sportiness with things like leather upholstery, heated front seats, multi-zone climate control, and an ambient lighting system. The 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 12.3-inch infotainment system are also standard, as is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Safety equipment includes six airbags, lane departure warning, active blind-spot detection, and a rearview camera.

Additional Packages

The Competition package is both the most expensive and most important optional package available for the X4 M. Not only does it add some extra goodies, like 21-inch wheels, M Sports exhaust system, M sport seats, M sport seat belts, and an extended Shadowline trim, but it also bumps power output up to 503 horsepower. The extra power means you can get to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. There’s also the $1,700 Driving Assistance Professional Package, which includes radar-based assistance, an evasion aid, and lane control assist. There’s also a $2,250 Executive Package that brings automatic parking assistance, gesture control, a head-up display, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. If you opt for these and skip the competition, you’ll save a few thousand bucks and have a very well-equipped vehicle. If you want to go with the $2,500 M Driver’s Package, BMW will increase the X4 M’s top speed limiter and hook you up with a one-day professional driving class at BMW.

What BMW X M Model Should I Buy?

With the X4 M only coming in one standard trim with the Competition badge being included as part of a package, there’s only one big decision here to make. There aren’t any other crossover race classes, so the Competition package is little more than a status symbol with a few extra ponies. Unless it’s important to you to have a bit of extra power, the standard X4 M is more than enough with 473 horsepower, and you can spend the money saved on the Competition package on other comfort features, like the M seats with Merino leather for $1,950, the Executive package for $2,250, Driving Assistance package at $1,700, and one of the cool paid exterior colors. Of course, if you’re really trying to stay under the $80,000 threshold, you can always get the BMW X3 M and shave $3,500 right off the top of your entry-level price.

Philippe Daix
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