There are many reasons why people buy SUVs in addition to cargo capacity, extra ground clearance and all-wheel drive availability. Maybe you like sitting up high. Maybe you think they are cooler than a car. Maybe you’ve just been driving it for years and that’s what you prefer. Whatever the reason, the 2018 BMW X4 is a vehicle for those who are not necessarily looking for a traditional SUV.
Based on the BMW X3, the X4 has many similar features, including higher ground clearance, good all-weather capabilities, and an impressive commanding view of the road. The difference is the fastback roofline gives it a unique and sporty look, despite having to sacrifice the rear headroom and cargo space.
Whether it’s a recipe for success is debatable, but the 2018 BMW X4 has another aspect to attract buyers. Among them is the high-performance M40i model, which has better handling and makes it one of the best performance SUVs in this segment. Even if you take the base model, it is still a fast and agile vehicle with a great view of the road ahead.
The 2018 BMW X4 is a four-door crossover with coupe-like styling. There are two trim levels: xDrive28i and M40i, each with its own engine.
The 2018 BMW X4 xDrive28i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The M40i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder good for 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both send power to all four wheels via a standard sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system includes standard torque-vectoring to maximize handling precision. Also standard is an engine start/stop system that shut down the engine at idle in order to save fuel.
Both engines deliver quick acceleration for the class. The M40i is for those who are looking a high-performing overkill SUV with excellent handling capabilities. The xDrive28i isn’t as great in the corners but does have a more comfortable ride quality. In track testing, the 2018 BMW X4 xDrive28i went to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is pretty quick for the entry-level trim. The M40i requires just 4.4 seconds to hit 60 mph. Top speed of 150 mph.
EPA fuel economy for the xDrive28i is impressive at 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway). The M40i nearly matches that efficiency at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway).
The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 BMW X4 xDrive28i starts at about $48,600 (including the $995 destination charge). The high-performance M40i cost about $60,250.