Architecturally there’s little about the X4 M Competition’s cabin that differentiates it from its lower-order siblings – and that’s no bad thing. BMW’s familiar blend of sophisticated materials and user-friendliness is present and correct, only this time coming with an additional layer of subtle performance paraphernalia.
Our test car’s optional carbonfibre panelling is complemented smartly by glossy piano black surfacing, while a chunky M division gearshifter protrudes from the centre console. Atop the spokes of the thick-rimmed steering wheel sit two suitably eye-catching bright red buttons labelled ‘M1’ and ‘M2’, used for saving and dialling up your own personal preferences for the car’s various system configurations.
Muscular sports seats are heavily bolstered and upholstered in attractive quilted leather. Adjustability is excellent, as is the support. The front chairs position you suitably low but aren’t so recumbent as to jeopardise the view over the attractively sharp creases in the X4’s bonnet to the road ahead.
It might run BMW’s previous-generation Professional Multimedia Navigation System, but the X4 M Competition’s infotainment suite is still far superior to that which you’d find in an equivalent F-Pace or Stelvio.