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MSRP: $44,700 - $48,000
Invoice: $41,625 - $44,660
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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BMW X4 Review

The 2015 BMW X4 ranks 11 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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Though it has less rear-seat and cargo space than most competitors, the all-new BMW X4 has a strong available engine and sporty handling, auto writers report.

A turbocharged four-cylinder engine is standard in the 2015 BMW X4. An available turbocharged six-cylinder engine thrills test drivers with its excellent power output and swift acceleration from a stop. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and critics find it provides smooth, rapid shifts. According to the EPA, the base 2015 X4 earns 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is average for the class. Test drivers also praise the X4’s precise steering and athletic handling, which make the X4 remarkably fun to drive.

Automotive writers commend the 2015 BMW X4 for its high-end interior, which they find handsome and built with top-notch materials. They note the front seats are roomy and comfortable. The rear seats, however, draw complaints for having too little legroom. Reviewers say the sloped roofline of the X4 reduces both rear-seat headroom and rearward visibility. Standard features include a USB port, a power moonroof, Bluetooth, an iDrive infotainment system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. A surround-view camera system, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and active park assist are available. Reviewers praise the X4's infotainment system, which they say is simple to operate. The X4 has 49.4 cubic feet of overall cargo space, which is less than what most rivals offer. Still, some reviewers like its convenient available hands-free tailgate system.

  • "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
  • "Styled to look a little like BMW's X6 crossover, the 2015 BMW X4 features a fastback roof line and a suspension reconfigured to provide a more sporting drive than the X3 it is based on. Mostly it works, as it's one of the most enjoyable drives of its type even if the rear cabin suffers a little from the transformation." -- Edmunds
  • "In exchange for compromised cargo and second-row passenger space, it provides a bold look highlighted by a plunging roofline and an athletic stance. As expected of a Blue Roundel vehicle, luxury accommodations and above-average driving dynamics are also part of the package." -- Left Lane News
  • “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

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Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers say the new Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has nimble, car-like handling and a well-made interior with premium materials. Additionally, the GLA-Class has a lower base price and better fuel economy estimates than the X4.

The Audi Q5 has powerful engine options, including a supercharged V6, and reviewers say its handling is sharp. According to reviewers, the Q5’s seats are roomy and comfortable in both rows. Like the X4, the Q5 also comes standard with all-wheel drive.

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Details: 2015 BMW X4

The 2015 BMW X4 seats five and comes with all-wheel drive. Two trims are available: the base X4 xDrive28i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the xDrive35i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X4 is an all-new model for 2015. 

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Review Last Updated: 4/23/15

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