Happy owner shares his 2016 BMW X4 M40i experience

BMW X4 | March 14th, 2016 by 9
2016 BMW X4 M40i Long Beach Blue drive 1 750x500

I took delivery of my 2016 BMW X4 M40i this past Saturday. From the moment I laid my eyes on the X4, I loved the …

I took delivery of my 2016 BMW X4 M40i this past Saturday. From the moment I laid my eyes on the X4, I loved the way it looked with its sporty stance and the design combination between an SUV, sedan and a sports car.

The Long Beach Blue stands out but it’s not too flashy or over the top either. It’s my first blue car since the early 90s.

Everyone has noted the exhaust on startup as it settle into a nice deep gurgle. In my opinion, it’s the best exhaust sound since the BMW 335is. Coming from a 2013 X3, I’m very familiar with the interior but there are some upgrades to the instrument cluster, A/C controls, and iDrive.

2016 BMW X4 M40i Long Beach Blue drive 8 750x501

The M steering wheel is great and the surround view adds the front corner cameras, but otherwise the equipment level is pretty much the same I had. The red stitching adds a nice touch. The seats seem more contoured but the side bolsters may have been pulled way in.

2016 BMW X4 M40i Long Beach Blue drive 5 750x501

The steering is a bit more firm but it’s still easy to maneuver at parking lot speeds. There’s definitely more power than the X4 xDrive35i models throughout the revs but I haven’t really pushed it above 4,000 rpm mark yet. The ride is very taunt but not harsh at all. It should make a great daily driver.


I took it on a drive up to my cousin and their family, making sure to vary the speeds on the interstate. You do notice the exhaust on the highway but it’s not an unpleasant drone. The pops in Sport Mode when coming off throttle are interesting, but not annoying. Not my thing though.

Handling is excellent and it definitely has less lean and more grip than the 35i. You do feel a rear wheel bias when apexxing through a curve. I think I surprised a Mustang GT on an on ramp, and blew away a Toyota Prius on another.


I can’t wait to do mountain trips in it and will even consider an autocross or full track days. It feels that good.

Overall, I’m very happy with the choice and wouldn’t change a thing.

[Story & Photos: Richard D]

9 responses to “Happy owner shares his 2016 BMW X4 M40i experience”

  1. Michael says:

    “blew up an Prius” ??!!!! I can blow up a Prius with any other car that s out there like a Smart or if it goes downhill with my bicycle…….

    • bmw driver says:

      Perhaps at the track they can really show those Prius drivers who’s boss. Meanwhile BMW thinks that the N55B30TO engine in the M2 should go in this visually uh… challenging vehicle with questionable dynamics, intended for people who are more interested in transportation than driving, instead of putting it into a 340is. Freude am fahren my ass.

      Let me clarify, my problem isn’t the owner of the car, who has graciously shared their experience with us (regardless of my opinion), it’s that BMW prioritise these cars instead of genuine sub-M sports sedans/wagons.

  2. John says:

    So much plastic….

  3. Lucky13 says:

    My first car a 1960 Ford Falcon would have blown away a Prius, that kind of ruined the article. The author must have seen the Superbowl ad and thought it was real.

  4. Donald's Burro says:

    I’ve got this same X4 with 1000 miles on the clock. It loves to rev high. Shifting between 5500 and 7k rpms makes the most intoxicating brap sound. The transmission and throttle are very responsive. When your not in Sport, things calm down quite a bit and it feels like a different car. The exhaust quiets down as well. It’s nice that you can do this for long hauls, but this car is meant to be in Sport mode where the car snaps, crackles, and pops with glee. There is nothing subtle or sensible about this car so why bother hiding it’s endowments.

    This is an absolute blast to drive. Smiles for miles.

  5. GaryJR says:

    How much trunk space?

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