I wasn’t much kind to BMW in 2015 as I began falling out of love with cars that were once benchmarks. But then, I got to drive an M2 and everything returned to normal. Similarly, I didn’t quite like my experience last year when I briefly drove a BMW X4 xDrive28i, but all is well in 2016.
On a few levels, the X4 is a compromise in the name of design. It appears as though some of us prefer projecting an image, more in tune with our perceived lifestyle, than actually buying a product that may better fit our actual lives. The folks at BMW are brilliant as they’ve not only capitalized on this trend with the X4 and X6, but they’ve also decided to add fuel to the fire by introducing an M version of the X4.
If I wasn’t keen on the baby X6 last year, I am totally smitten now. BMW has righted the wrongs of the 28i by improving its suspension, tires, and driveline, while painting the body Long Beach Blue. Suddenly, the X4 makes sense… but there are “fees” involved.
The price of admission
I may not be rich, but more often than not, I’ll pay extra to get the better version of the item I’m looking to purchase. In the case of the 2016 BMW X4, moving up from the base $48,000 xDrive28i model to the sportier M40i requires an additional $12,000.