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2021 BMW X4 versus 2022 Infiniti QX55

Compare the 2020 BMW X4 vs the 2022 Infiniti QX55.

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2021 BMW X4 

Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $56,300 CAD

Pros

  • Choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines
  • Generous room for front occupants
  • Excellent steering, ride and handling

Cons

  •  Limited cargo space
  • Premium pricing
  • Rear passengers may feel cramped


2021 BMW X4 – Highlights

The 2021 BMW X4 is based on the X3 luxury compact SUV. The most obvious place where they differ is around the back. The X4 sacrifices some usefulness for its fastback flair. In common with the smaller X2 and larger X6, the X4’s more extrovert nature comes at extra cost. The base $56,300 (all Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices in Canadian dollars) X4 xDrive30i is $3,750 more than a comparable X3. The X4 offers two turbocharged engines. The xDrive30i uses a 2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder making 248 horsepower. The sportier $69,500 X4 M40i employs a 3.0-litre 6-cylinder generating 382 horsepower. With either engine, every X4 gets all-wheel-drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The BMW’s 5-passenger cabin has that clean, contemporary, and premium-yet-understated feel that’s another BMW hallmark. The latest iDrive infotainment system includes digital displays. A rotary controller accesses many functions for the central screen. Or by extra buttons to the right of the gear selector. The sloping roofline means less headroom in the BMW X4 than the X3, but it’s still more than what’s found in the Infiniti QX55.

Even though the X4 has the same ground clearance as its X3 stablemate with the conventional roof (enough to help scramble over dirt and snow), the X4 feels better suited to the serious business of on-road driving thrills. All the time, the X4 feels confident and stable, making it possible to attack tight turns at higher speeds than in most other SUVs. Steering response (a traditional BMW specialty) feels well-weighted and informative.

 

2022 Infiniti QX55

Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $51,995 CAD

Pros

  • Value pricing
  •  Handsome interior
  •  Innovative variable compression engine

Cons

  • No available upgrade engines
  • Only transmission is a CVT
  • Driving feel differs little from conventional QX50


2022 Infiniti QX55– Highlights

Based on the existing QX50 compact luxury SUV, the all-new 2022 Infiniti QX55 draws design inspiration from the Infiniti FX from nearly 20 years ago. Like the BMW X4, the QX55 attempts to combine coupe-like styling with SUV practicality. Pricing for the QX55 starts at $51,995 for the base Luxe trim. The engine that powers the Infiniti is the same turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder that brings the QX50 to life. An interesting technical exercise with variable compression produces a healthy 268 horsepower. All QX55s have all-wheel-drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Inside, the QX55 gets a handsome driver-centric 5-passenger interior—the $56,998 mid-line Essential trim ups the luxury with leather. The Luxe and the Essential get a dark brushed aluminum interior trim. The $60,998 top-line QX55 Sensory trim gets semi-aniline leather to go along with its open-pore maple wood trim. The Infiniti's second-row bench slides fore/aft to offer more rear passenger room and cargo space (761.7 litres versus 525) than found in the X4.

Driving the QX55 feels very similar to the QX50 it’s based on. Overall the QX55 ride feels comfortable, as you’d expect, in a luxury SUV. Its steering feels light for buyers looking for genuine sporty driving chops. Laminated side glass helps keep the QX55 interior quiet, as does active noise cancellation through the speakers. In Sport mode, the Infiniti has a more pronounced engine note.

 

Final Recommendation

If you’re shopping for a more stylish version of a conventional compact luxury SUV, the 2021 BMW X4 and 2022 Infiniti QX55 should be on your shortlist.

The QX55 scores with its value pricing, handsome interior, generous rear cargo space and innovative VC-Turbo engine. Where the QX55 struggles is in the drivetrain department. The Infiniti lacks the performance and refinement the BMW has in spades.

For a more authentic coupe-SUV driving experience, we recommend the 2021 BMW X4. We feel the BMW’s choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines, its generous room for front occupants, and excellent steering, ride, and handling characteristics deliver the type of vehicle buyers in this segment are searching for.

 

Specs

2021 BMW X4

2022 Infiniti QX55

Engine(s)

2.0-litre Turbocharged I4
3.0-litre Turbocharged I6

 

2.0-litre Turbocharged I4

Horsepower

2.0T - 248 horsepower @ 5,200-6,500 rpm

3.0T - 382 horsepower @ 5,800-6,500 rpm

268 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm

 

Torque

2.0T - 258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450-4,800 rpm

3.0T - 365 lb-ft of torque @ 1,520-4,800 rpm

280 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600-4,800 rpm

Transmission

8-speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

Fuel Economy

2.0T - 9.3 L/100 km (10.2 city, 8.2 hwy)

3.0T – 10.1 L/100 km (11.3 city, 8.7 hwy)

9.5 L/100 km (10.5 city, 8.3 hwy)

Warranty

4 years/80,000 km

4-years/80,000 km

Max Seating Capacity

5

5

Wheelbase

112.8 mm

2,799.1 mm

Overall Length

187.4 mm

4,732 mm

Width

76.3 mm

2,160.8 mm

Height

63.8 mm

1,622 mm

Curb Weight

1,960.9kg

1,990-2,150 kg

Headroom, Front

1,023.6 mm

1,013 mm

Headroom, Rear

952.5 mm

937.6 mm

Legroom, Front

1,033.8 mm

1,005.8 mm

Legroom, Rear

901.7 mm

983 mm

Shoulder Room, Front

1,460.5 mm

1,470.7 mm

Shoulder Room, Rear

1,422.4 mm

1,450.34 mm

Cargo Volume Behind Rear Seats

525 L

761.7 L

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