Whether by corporate edict, insurgent technicians’key fiddling, or real accident, the 2018 BMW X3 M40i has some of the driving pleasure and exceptional execution that after characterized every BMW.
2018 BMW X3 M40i Performance
The new M5 sports sedan also recaptures a spark of that old magic, lending credence to the first possibility. We’d prefer to believe technicians slid classic BMW qualities into one of the brand’s best-sellers—a crossover, no less—so that corporate may mistake its sure-thing income with demand for anyone traditional Bimmer traits. (As opposed to the mushy, tech-laden, and maybe not particularly sporty direction most of the brand’s models have taken in the past few years.) Of course, maybe it’s that the new 2018 BMW X3 M40i superb body control, well-managed drive, and toned steering that is missing from a large swath of its lot mates is just a happy accident.
Nevertheless it came about, the result is a refreshing whiff of dynamic nostalgia encased in a modern wrapper. Don’t bother working out why the 3.0-liter six wears 40i badging and the 2.0-liter 2018 BMW X3 M40i goes on 30i (a name once used for six-cylinder X3s); Indonesia has all but quit numerology with any basis in reality.
2018 BMW X3 M40i Engine
M Performance status in cases like this means BMW fits as standard the firmer M Sport suspension, M Sport brakes with blue-painted calipers, and variable-ratio steering startup, most of which are optional on the four-cylinder 2018 BMW X3 M40i. The $700 M Flexible suspension fitted to your test car brings with it electronically adaptive dampers with stiffness degrees attached to the M40i’s Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ operating modes.
It’s a toss-up whether the M40i’s suspension startup or the turbocharged inline-six steals the show. The former gives commendably managed drive quality also around defectively preserved highways and also with your 2018 BMW X3 M40i optional 20-inch wheels, while keeping body roll, plunge, and zero efficiently in check. The suspension action is just about great in Comfort mode—the sportier options include harshness without dramatically improving the car’s handling.
2018 BMW X3 M40i Interior
Oh, but that engine. With 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, the M40i packs 55 more ponies and 69 lb-ft more torque than last springs six-cylinder 2018 BMW X3 M40i xDrive35i. Our test car’s 4.4-second rip to 60 mph places it really out in front of the slightly more powerful GLC43 SUV as well as Audi’s SQ5. The new six-cylinder engine is as easy and offers its power as linearly as did the old X3’s inline-six, even though unfortunately its true sound is masked by electronically increased noises performed through the M40i’s speakers. As good as those sounds are, who needs fakery when real-life Bavarian cylinders may play your ears down?
The steering is quick, exact, and effectively measured in its default style; Sport and Sport+ ways add some weight but less sense, which we’ll acknowledge we’d like a little more of. The thin, easy-to-grip steering-wheel rim is also worthy of praise, especially given BMW’s obsession of late with high, fat-rimmed wheels relatively most readily useful fitted to André the Giant’s hands.
2018 BMW X3 M40i Design and Price
The M40i’s operating satisfaction is so holistic it’s easy to overlook that the package has plenty of day-to-day friendliness. In redesigning the 2018 BMW X3 M40i for 2018, BMW stretched the wheelbase by 2.2 inches, supporting subjectively improve back-seat room (even though it does not measurably increase). Headroom is good, also with the M40i’s normal panoramic sunroof, thanks to the X3’s boxy, common shape. Shipment capacity is noteworthy: You can stuff 29 cubic feet of goods in the back, and laying the 40/20/40 split-folding chairs smooth provides you a total of 63 cubes. Match, end, and material requirements throughout are high quality and attractive, and BMW’s latest iDrive process equally seems great and operates effectively (goofy gesture-control potential aside).
It’s almost sinful that BMW charges $300 for Apple CarPlay integration when the feature is standard on numerous nonluxury cars (let alone BMW’s approach to demand an annual subscription fee come 2019). Our loaded test car added Apple CarPlay, a $500 wireless phone charger, a $900 Driving Assistance package (blind-spot tracking and lane-departure warning), a $2950 Premium package (navigation, a head-up display, and a heated steering wheel), plus $350 for hot top and rear seats, and a $2550 Executive package (gesture-based infotainment controls, a 12.3-inch electronic gauge cluster, a self-parking process, and a 360-degree parking camera). Throw in the aforementioned adaptive suspension and larger wheels, plus $550 Phytonic Blue paint, and the total stumbled on $65,245. That counts as reasonable in that type these days. You can take a Porsche Macan to $100K and beyond, following all.