2020 BMW X4 M Owners Manual – If you’ve never thought about taking an SUV to a racetrack for some lapping sessions, the 2020 X4 M might change your mind. The turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine makes gobs of power everywhere. It’s mostly free of turbo lag and devoid of power spikes up to its 7,200-rpm redline.
Taking a step back from the performance side of things and … well, there’s no way to do that in this vehicle. The X4 M Competition is simply in attack mode at all times. The ride, even in the poorly named Comfort setting, is fairly stiff. And when the various engine, suspension, and transmission settings have been cranked up, the X4 M is intense, bordering on insane.
How’s the X4 M’s interior?
The standard X4 is already a fairly nice place, and the X4 M adds suitably sporty touches to match the exterior styling. In front of the driver is a thick steering wheel, familiar to many BMW owners. But this one has two red preset buttons labeled M1 and M2 for quick access to preselected driving modes. There’s also an X4 M-specific digital gauge cluster.
How’s the X4 M’s storage?
The M’s performance hasn’t come at the expense of cargo space, which remains 18.5 cubic feet of capacity behind the rear seats. That’s still considerably less than its X3 M sibling. The X4 M Competition still gets 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats, and the cargo area has handy sliding tie-downs for your stuff, which will inevitably get tossed around once you start driving. There’s a good amount of small-item storage as well, with bins deep enough to keep things in place during spirited driving.
Which X4 M does recommend?
We recommend sticking with the standard X4 M since you only gain 30 horsepower with the Competition package upgrade. Instead, we’d consider adding the Driving Assistance Plus package for the adaptive cruise control and the added niceties’ Executive package.
2020 BMW X4 M models
The 2020 BMW X4 M is a five-passenger high-performance variant of the X4 SUV. There are two versions: the regular X4 M and the X4 M Competition. Both use a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that powers all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. It develops 473 horsepower, and 442 lb-ft of torque in the X4 M. The Competition bumps output to 503 hp, while torque remains the same.
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Standard feature highlights include:
- Adaptive sport suspension
- Power liftgate
- Tri-zone automatic climate control
- Leather upholstery
- 10.25-inch touchscreen
- Navigation system
- Harman Kardon premium audio system
- Wireless Apple CarPlay
The X4 M also comes with several advanced safety systems, such as:
- Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
- Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
- Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
- Front and rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind or in front of the vehicle when parking)
X4 M Competition
Distinguished from the standard X4 by its:
- More powerful engine
- Thicker suspension stabilizer bars
- Sports exhaust system
- Gloss black exterior trim
- Sport seats
In typical BMW fashion, the X4 M is offered with a few packages and stand-alone options. These include:
- Driving Assistance Plus package
- Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the X4 M and the car in front)
- A more advanced version of the forward collision mitigation system
- Executive package
- Automated parallel and perpendicular parking system
- Head-up display
- Wireless charging pad
- Heated front and rear seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Gesture control for phone and audio