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BMW X4 Review

The 2016 BMW X4 ranks 13 out of 17 Luxury Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW X4, as well as reliability and safety data.

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While critics like the 2016 BMW X4's powerful engines, user-friendly infotainment system and quick steering, they note that competing SUVs have more cabin and cargo space.

Automotive journalists praise the 2016 BMW X4's base turbocharged four-cylinder engine, noting that is has more than enough power to get the SUV up to speed with ease. They add that the available turbocharged six-cylinder engine packs even more power for rapid acceleration off the line. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that test drivers agree is responsive and smooth. With an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg city/highway, the 2016 X4's fuel economy estimates are close to average for the class. Reviewers say the BMW X4 delivers composed handling through turns and has well-weighted, precise steering. They add that opting for the available Dynamic Damper Control system makes the handling even sharper, though a few critics think the X4 can feel a bit clumsy on winding roads. 

The 2016 BMW X4's cabin is luxurious and contains high-end materials and handsome styling, reviewers agree. Automotive journalists find the front seats comfortable and roomy, and say there's great forward visibility from the driver's seat. However, they caution that the rear seats are cramped, offering poor head- and legroom. The X4 comes with a USB port, a power moonroof, power-folding heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, an iDrive infotainment system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and Mobile Office, which allows you to check text messages, email, calendar events, tasks, contact photos and voice memos. Available features include a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a surround-view camera system, front parking sensors, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, a pedestrian and collision warning system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display and active park assist. Automotive journalists say the iDrive system, which controls audio, climate and navigation functions, is user-friendly and responsive. They also appreciate that the X4 has redundant dashboard controls for some features. The 2016 X4 has 49.4 cubic feet of overall cargo space, which is small for the class. However, reviewers appreciate the Smart Opener feature, which allows you to open the tailgate by waving your foot under the rear bumper.

  • "With coupelike styling on a crossover SUV body, the 2016 BMW X4 is certainly a distinctive vehicle, though its utility pales in comparison to less style-driven models." -- Edmunds
  • "If you've gone through the mental gymnastics necessary to arrive at the X4, you won't be disappointed in what's delivered. In the end, though, you're paying significantly more money for a vehicle that's slightly faster than the SUV it's based on but slower than the cars it also shares parts with, not to mention the fact it's less practical than either and less accommodating to passengers." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "Like the X6, the X4 is a tough sell on paper: it's more expensive and less practical than the X3 on which it's based; it's heavier, despite the loss of interior space; and it doesn't even hold as much stuff in the back as the 3 Series wagon. As with the X6, the X4 is essentially a high-riding style statement that, like proper coupes (the two-door kind), says to the world, ‘You fools can take your need for practicality and shove it. I just want to look good.’" -- Autoblog (2015)
  • “Just as movie goers can count on Johnny Depp to put in a good turn in the next Pirates of the Caribbean installment, car enthusiasts can pretty well assume a modern BMW is going to drive well, look nice, and have an upscale interior. Still, we can't help but wish all this energy and talent were being poured into a more creative script." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers praise the Porsche Macan for its lineup of powerful engines that produce quick acceleration, and add that it has sports car-like handling. Auto writers also like the Macan's high-end cabin.

The Volvo XC60 has one of the roomiest rear seats in the segment, test drivers agree. It also has more cargo space than nearly every rival. Reviewers praise the XC60's agile handling, precise steering and comfortable ride.

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Details: 2016 BMW X4

The 2016 BMW X4 seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. The X4 is available in two trims. The base X4 xDrive28i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the xDrive35i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X4 was an all-new model for 2015 and sees few changes for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2015 and 2016. 

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Review Last Updated: 7/24/15

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