The all-new 2023 BMW X4 is a sporty luxury compact crossover that appeals to those looking for style and sophistication. The X4 is a slightly longer, wider, lower, and more interesting version of the X3, and trades away a bit of the back-headroom with cargo space in exchange for its fast-back profile.
The X3 may have greater practicality, however, the X4 excels in this aspect and offers a delightful driving experience while maintaining comfort.
The base 2023 BMW X4 XDrive 30i gets its speed from a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 248 horsepower with 258 pound-feet of torque. At its test track, this BMW model got to 60 miles per hour in just 6.2 seconds.
So if you’re in the market for something more high-octane, the X4 M40i is a great fit. The X4 M40i is equipped with a turbocharged 3-liter 6-cylinder which makes a beefy 382 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. According to its track tests, BMW’s X4 M40i goes to 60 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds and its engine note is as impressive as its acceleration. Its launch control is standard, both trims have an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels.
Regardless of which X4 you choose, you’ll be treated to an SUV that matches sharp handling with a ride quality that’s easy to live with. The brakes on the X4 respond promptly and have a consistent, simple operation during everyday driving. However, the standout feature of this vehicle is its exceptional handling capabilities. With its standard M-sport suspension, a regular suspension is a no-cost option.
The X4 test drive showed that the car was strong and smooth while driving through fast turns and curves. The steering became better in sport mode, especially when going around corners. It’s well-weighted but still sharp and accurate, inspiring confidence when breezing through twistier road sections.
The X4 XDrive 30i is equipped with a 2-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder, producing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That engine is joined with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Acceleration from 0-60 miles per hour should take about 6 seconds.
Performance increases in the X4 M-40i, which has a 3-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder assisted by a mild hybrid system. The output totals 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque all sent through an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. Launching to 60 miles per hour should take only about 4.4 seconds. The fuel economy is estimated at 21 and 26mpg in the 2022 model.
If the X4 M-40i isn’t fast enough for you, then check out the X4 M. It packs a 3-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder that cranks out 473 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The competition package adds even more performance.
The power for the X4 M-competition is rated at 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque cutting the 0-60-mile per hour sprint to below 4 seconds. In addition to more aggressive styling, the X4 M has upgraded brakes and suspension hardware, making it an overall sportier SUV than any other X4 model.
In terms of the all-new 2023 X4’s look, you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. We appreciate the 2023 BMW X4’s tapered roofline and its brash angularity, which doesn’t quite jive with its otherwise comfortable interior unless you grab one of the bright, bold interior colours like the new “Vernasca” red. The X4’s design is definitely sporty and modern, with a low stance and sleek lines that give it a powerful presence on the road.
Under the hood, the 2023 X4 will be powered by a range of engines, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a more powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder option that produces 382 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. Both engines will come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive will be standard on the six-cylinder model.
The X4’s performance capabilities are further enhanced by the available M Sport package, which includes a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and a more aggressive body kit. This package also adds a unique steering wheel and sport seats, as well as other interior and exterior upgrades that make the X4 look and feel even more sporty.
Inside, the 2023 X4 will feature a spacious and comfortable cabin with a variety of premium materials, including leather upholstery and real wood accents. The X4’s infotainment system will be powered by BMW’s latest iDrive 7.0 system, which features a large touchscreen display and a variety of advanced connectivity and entertainment features. The X4 will also offer a variety of advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.
Overall, the 2023 BMW X4 is a dynamic and sporty crossover that offers a unique blend of style, performance, and luxury. It’s definitely not for everyone, but for those who appreciate its bold design and sporty driving dynamics, it’s sure to be a hit. So, if you’re in the market for a premium crossover that offers a bit of everything, the 2023 X4 is definitely worth checking out.