Like its closely-related stablemate the X3 M Competition, the X4 M Competition combines track-focused M performance with the versatility of an SUV. Unlike the X3 M, the X4 M Competition also adds a dash of coupé-crossover flair.
The X4 M Competition is sportier than its X3 stablemate from the outside, thanks to that coupé profile, but there’s still room for four adults within the interior. Signifiers for the M Competition models include M double slats and a high-gloss black finish on that iconic kidney grlle. 21-inch M light alloy wheels in bicolour V-spoke design are complemented by large hexagonal air intakes in the front bumper, while M Competition body styling, quad M Sport exhaust finishers and side gills provide further clues that this is a product of the M Division. Inside, you enjoy heated and electric M seats in full Merino leather, with an M-style cockpit and head-up display as standard.
The X4 M Competition is powered by the same six-cylinder 3.0-litre engine as the X3 M Competition. It develops 503bhp and 600Nm of torque, rocketing the X4 M Competition from standstill to 62mph in just 4.1 seconds. BMW claims that the use of 3D printed parts for the indirect intercooling and oil systems delivers superior efficiency along with track-tested reliability under extreme conditions. BMW doesn’t offer the option of a rear-drive mode; all-wheel drive is permanently selected. However, the set-up includes the M Active Differential, which helps the driver to experience the thrill of rear-wheel bias driving, so you’re not likely to miss it. Together with the unique M specification chassis and adaptive suspension the X4 M Competition delivers the performance of a high-powered sports car with none of the drawbacks. Thanks to its more aerodynamic body, the X4 M Competition is also marginally faster than its X3 M Competition equivalent.
As the X4 M Competition is the performance flagship of the X4 range you’d expect a full specification and won’t be disappointed. Highlights include head-up driver display as well as the latest ConnectedDrive navigation package and iDrive Controller for the 10.25” colour touchscreen. The audio system features harmon/kardon loudspeakers and acoustic side glazing gives the interior a refined and relaxing ambience…driver permitting.
Active safety systems are an important part of every manufacturer’s safety strategy and are vital for delivering the coveted 5-star EuroNCAP rating. The X4 M Competition features Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Speed Limit Info, Parking Assistant and Reversing Assist Camera as standard. The standard-fit cruise control also has a braking function, while the optional Driving Assistant Plus gives an extra degree of assistance for security during complex or monotonous driving situations.
Verdict: if you want an M Sport vehicle that can cope with both track days and daily commutes, with an extra dose of all-wheel drive surefootedness on the side, you have two very close contenders; the X3 M Competition or the X4 M Competition. Which you choose depends on how much you want the extra cachet of a coupé and how often you think those rear seats will be occupied. But one thing is certain; if you’re the one in the driving seat you’ll be delighted with either.