Flash Drive

2017 BMW X4

Model Tested: 2017 BMW X4 M40i

The 2017 BMW X4 M40i uses a distinctive sedan/hatchback body to cover superior BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive running gear.

Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6, 355 horsepower 343 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway/21 mpg combined

Base Price: $58,100

As Tested: $67,495


Great engine; traditional BMW power and torque

Smooth transmission

Paddle shifters

Drive modes: sport, eco, comfort, and sport plus

The BMW X4 M40i is at ease in foul weather, but it’s the most fun on open country roads.

Great exhaust note in sport modes

Superior brakes

Handsome 20-inch alloy wheels

Enthusiast’s suspension

Fun to drive in all weather conditions

Great winter/ski resort car

No 4×4 controls—car does all the thinking


Excellent, supportive seats

Power lumbar support both front seats

Adjustable thigh support

Heated (3 temp) front and rear seats

The BMW X4 M40i interior is typical high quality BMW with excellent legroom and a superior steering wheel.

High quality materials

Stretch-out driver and front passenger legroom

OK rear legroom if fronts up a little

Recessed seat backs for extra knee room

Big rear floor hump

Very thick, contoured, heated, leather steering wheel

Minimal auxiliary controls, not well marked

Soft, wide rear armrest with covered cupholders


Rain-sensing wipers

The BMW X4 M40i has heated rear outboard seats.

Power tailgate

Flat cargo floor

Extra storage under floor

Slick, adjustable cargo retention system

40/20/40 split folding rear seats

Head-up display

Small console bin with cell phone holder

Large console dial for controlling infotainment and navigation

Small items/coins storage bin on left side of dashboard

Compact locking glovebox

Cargo space is ample and flexible thanks to 40/20/40 folding rear seats.

No grab handles

Big rear door bins

Marginal seatback storage nets

WOW Factors:

Engineering excellence

Outstanding seats and steering wheel

A blast to drive

Three-way folding rear seats


Polarizing fastback sedan styling

Rear window design affects visibility

The 2017 BMW X4 M40i 20-inch alloy wheels are part of an excellent suspension and braking package in the M line.

No blind spot monitor

Bottom Line:

BMW proudly proclaims their vehicles as The Ultimate Driving Machine and the 2017 X4 M40i certainly qualifies. The uniquely styled high performance sedan/SUV is a blast to drive in all weather and road conditions. Interior comfort and space are excellent as is cargo capacity and flexibility.