Comparison - Ford Explorer Timberline 2021 - vs - BMW X4 M40i 2021

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Make: 
Model: 
Average Price: 
$
45,765
Updated: 
21 May 2021
$
61,700
Updated: 
23 Jan 2020
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2021
2021
Total Seating: 
6
5
Transmission: 
10-speed Shiftable Automatic
8-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
no
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
4
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
17.90gals
17.20gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
#FDFFFB
Agate Black Metallic
#303030
Iconic Silver Metallic
#C7CAD0
Forged Green Metallic
#374448
Carbonized Gray Metallic
#4F453E
Color: 
FLAMENCO RED METALLIC
#A5413E
SUNSTONE METALLIC
#CAC3B5
PHYTONIC BLUE METALLIC
#13264A
DARK GRAPHITE METALLIC
#3C3C3C
GLACIER SILVER METALLIC
#8E8F93
CARBON BLACK METALLIC
#2E333F
ALPINE WHITE
#DADADA

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

For 2021 New Sport Appearance package available on XLT trim.More affordable version of the Explorer ST debuts.Platinum trim is now available for the Hybrid model.New off-road-themed Timberline debuts midway through the model year.

Pros
Strong engines for quick acceleration
Rear-wheel-drive platform improves handling and towing
Roomy cargo area

Cons
Too much wind noise at highway speeds
The price can get frighteningly expensive in a hurry
Lackluster interior material quality

By: 
edmunds.com

Ford has made a few tweaks to its mid-size crossover for 2021, Off-road enthusiasts may find the new Timberline trim interesting; it features a lifted suspension, all-terrain tires, and more rugged exterior styling cues.

Pros
Smooth and controlled ride,
cargo friendly interior design,
comfortable front seats.

Cons
Third row space is tight,
plasticky interior bits,
most desirable models are pricey.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2021 Ford Explorer's #16 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Ford Explorer has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Good cargo capacity
Powerful engines
Plenty of features
Composed ride and handling

Cons
Low-rent interior
Second- and third-row seats less comfortable than in rivals
Upgraded infotainment system not much of an upgrade

By: 
usnews.com

The 2021 BMW X4 is a crossover worth coveting, though our money would be on the more practical, cheaper, and really not much different X3.

Pros
Willing turbocharged engines
Balanced handling
Excellent interior tech
Lots of available safety gear
M versions especially fun

Cons
Mega price tag
So-so cargo space
So-so rear-seat human space
Style not for everyone

By: 
thecarconnection.com

Newly standard equipment includes SiriusXM satellite radio, Android Auto compatibility, and several driver-assistance features. There are also some changes to the various option packages.The M40i’s turbocharged inline-six is impressive, but the 30i’s turbo four-cylinder provides plenty of power.

Pros
Entertaining to drive,
two powerful engine choices,
design-forward exterior.

Cons
Costs more than the X3,
less cargo space than X3,
tighter on rear-seat room than X3.

By: 
caranddriver.com

No significant changes for 2021.

Pros
Both available engines are smooth, powerful and fuel-efficient
Easy personalization thanks to abundant standard and optional features
Impressive handling for an SUV

Cons
Sloping roofline compromises rear headroom and cargo space

By: 
edmunds.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy Info: 
AUTOMATIC COMBINED (mpg) 23
Fuel Economy City USA: 
20.00mpg
21.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
27.00mpg
27.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
24
Cylinders: 
4
Inline
6
Inline
Engine Size/Displacement: 
2.30L
3.00L
Torque: 
310ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
368ft-lbs
at 1 800rpm
Horsepower: 
300hp
at 5 500rpm
382hp
at 5 800rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Turning Circle: 
40.00Feet

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
no
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
yes
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
yes
no
Side view Camera: 
yes
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Adaptive Cruise Control
Keyless Ignition
Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
Rear Parking Sensors
Leather Steering Wheel
Variable Sport Steering
Dynamic Cruise Control
3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel
Leather Steering Wheel
Keyless Ignition
Cargo Floor Mats
Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
198.80in
187.50in
Width: 
78.90in
76.30in
Height: 
69.90in
63.80in
Ground Clearance: 
8.00in
Front Track: 
63.20in
Rear Track: 
65.60in
Wheel Base: 
119.10in
112.70in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
40.70
40.30
Rear Head Room: 
40.50
37.50
Front Leg Room: 
43.00in
40.70in
Rear leg room: 
39.00in
35.50in
Front Hip Room: 
59.20in
Front Shoulder Room: 
61.80in
57.50in
Rear Hip Room: 
59.10in
Rear Shoulder room: 
61.90in
56.00in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
87.80cu.ft
50.50cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
5300lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
18.20cu.ft
18.50cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
21.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
22.00degrees
Curb Weight: 
4284.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
yes
Clock: 
yes
yes
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
yes

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Hands-Free Entry
Heated Mirrors
Power windows with key-off operation; "one-touch" opening and closing of all door windows, anti-trapping feature
Power tailgate
Reverse Tilt Passenger Only Provides Curb View When Vehicle In Reverse
4 One-Touch Power Windows
Heated Mirrors
Hands-Free Entry

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
2 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
4 -Way Power Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Leatherette
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Passenger Seat With Manual Adjustable Lumbar Support
10 -Way Power Passenger Seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Sport Front Seats
2 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
Leatherette
10 -Way Power Driver Seat
2 -Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Driver Seat Thigh Extension
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Passenger Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Manual Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats
Multi-Level Heating
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Folding Rear Seatback
Folding center armrest
40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
Rear Ventilation Ducts
Reclining Rear Seats

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Front anti-roll (stabilizer) bars
Rear Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
rear anti-roll (stabilizer) bars
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Three Zone Climate Control
Automatic climate control with micro-filter and air recirculation
Turn Signal In Mirrors
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
Three Zone Climate Control

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
no
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
yes
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
6 Total Speakers
USB Connection
USB With External Media Control
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Apple CarPlay Compatibility
Enhanced smartphone connectivity with additional microphone, USB connections, and ability for simultaneous device pairing
HD Radio™ with "multicast" FM station reception
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 1-year All Access subscription
Anti-theft AM/FM stereo with Radio Data System (RDS)
HiFi Sound System with 12-speakers and 205-watt digital amplifier
Systems, speakers and more.
Live Cockpit Professional features a 12.3" instrument cluster, and 10.25" central information display. The multi-input iDrive 7.0 system is operated by voice, touchscreen, and iDrive touchpad Controller. The modern design of the digital instrument cluster
205 Watts Stereo Output
USB Connection
12 Total Speakers
12 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
yes
More in Glass and Roof: 
Panoramic moonroof with fully automatic, 2-piece glass panel, power slide and lift control, wind deflector, and power interior sunshade
Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
Rear-window defroster
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
18 In.
19 X 7.5 In.
Wheels more: 
Temporary Spare Tire
Underbody Mounted Spare Tire
All Terrain Tires
Run Flat Tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
265.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
65
Diameter: 
R18
Width: 
245.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
50
Diameter: 
R19

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated Disc Brakes
ventilated anti-lock disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Ventilated Disc Brakes
ventilated anti-lock disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
yes
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
yes
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Dual Front With Head Protection Chambers Side-Mounted Airbags
Emergency Braking Preparation
Front, Rear And Third Row Head Airbags
Post-Collision Safety System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
4-Wheel ABS
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and activating post-crash braking; includes Fatigue and Focus Alert feature
Head Protection System (HPS), front and rear
Park Distance Control, front and rear
Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts (for installation of child-restraint seats)
Central locking system on driver and front passenger doors (leaves fuel filler door unlocked)
Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
Adaptive Brakelights
Anti-theft alarm system
BMW Remote Services includes Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Remote Door Unlock and My BMW Remote app
Active Guard with Frontal Collision Warning and Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking including Daytime Pedestrian Detection
Turn Signal Mirrors
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Brake Drying
Post-Collision Safety System
Rear Center 3-Point Belt
LED Headlamp
Self-Leveling Headlights
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System

Options

Packages: 
Equipment Group 800A
Smoker's Package
Executive Package
Driver Assistance Professional Package
Premium Package
Shadowline Package
Parking Assistance Package
Exterior Options: 
Outfitters Cargo - MegaWarrior
Roof-Rail Crossbars
Outfitters Bike - Front Loader
Outfitters Cargo - Skybox
Splash Guards
Dual Panel Moonroof
Wheel Lock Kit
License Plate Bracket
20" M Double-Spoke Bi-Color Wheels W/Performance Run-Flat Tires
20" M Double-Spoke Bi-Color Orbit Grey Wheels W/Performance Non-Run-Flat Tires
Roof Rails In High-Gloss Shadowline
Space-Saver Spare
21" M Double-Spoke Cerium Grey Wheels W/Performance Run-Flat Tires
19" M Double-Spoke Bi-Color Wheels W/Performance Run-Flat Tires
Interior Options: 
Cargo Mat
Dual-Headrest DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System
Ambient Lighting
Front And Rear Heated Seats
Heated Steering Wheel
Front Ventilated Seats
Heated Front Seats
Harman Kardon Surround Sound System

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Deep Cypress, leatherette
#556C75
Color: 
Tacora Red Vernasca w/Contrast sitting, leather
#9C615B
Cognac Vernasca w/Contrast sitting, leather
#9C745B
Oyster Vernasca w/Contrast sitting, leather
#C4C0B5
Black SensaTec, leatherette
#000000
Canberra Beige/Black SensaTec, leatherette
#D9D3C7
Canberra Beige/Black Vernasca w/Contrast sitting, leather
#D9D3C7
Black Vernasca w/Contrast sitting, leather
#000000