2018 BMW X3 M40i Tested: Quick and with a Bit of Old BMW

The new BMW X3 M40i has all of the modern amenities BMW offers with a nostalgic twist. It has a six cylinder engine that outperforms former models and it’s competitors but also is comfortable to ride in on even the roughest terrain. It’s old school features include a thinner steering heel and easy to navigate seat settings that aren’t confusing to use and guarantee comfort without multiple adjustments. Compared to other luxury vehicles with the same amenities, it is also reasonably priced.

Key Takeaways:

  • The new M5 sports sedan also recaptures a spark of that old magic, lending credence to the first possibility.
  • The $700 M Adaptive suspension fitted to our test car brings with it electronically adaptive dampers with firmness levels tied to the M40i’s Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes.
  • The suspension action is just about perfect in Comfort mode—the sportier settings add harshness without drastically improving the car’s handling.

“Blending everyday usefulness, relatively stealthy looks, and some strands of BMW DNA with no effect on comfort, the M40i is compelling for newcomers to the brand and fanboys alike.”