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2020 BMW X4

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2020 BMW X4 Review

The 2020 BMW X4 offers powerful engine performance, lithe handling, and an upscale cabin with user-friendly features, but it trails the competition in terms of interior space. This luxury compact SUV does not have an overall score or ranking because it hasn’t been fully crash tested.

Pros & Cons

  • Enjoyable ride and handling
  • Potent turbocharged engines
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Handsome interior
  • Snug rear headroom
  • Below-average cargo capacity

Research & Ratings

The 2020 BMW X4 is unranked in Luxury Compact SUVs due to missing safety data. Currently, the BMW X4's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data.

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Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 6.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury compact suvs.
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Is the BMW X4 a Good SUV?   

Yes, the BMW X4 is a good luxury compact SUV. The coupelike X4 impresses with its crisp interior, comfy front seats, and easy-to-use tech features. It’s a hoot to drive, thanks to its composed handling and punchy turbocharged engine options. The X4 is also composed and comfortable when driving over city streets. Its suspension sops up bumps and dips in the road nicely, and the standard four-cylinder engine gets great fuel economy.

That said, the X4 isn’t for everyone. Its low roofline is stylish, but it ultimately limits rear-seat headroom and cargo space. The X4’s starting price is also much higher than many of its competitors.

Should I Buy the BMW X4?

You should consider other SUVs before settling on the X4. The boxier BMW X3 offers all the performance and refinement of the X4 but with more interior space and a lower price. More practical SUVs in this class include the Mercedes-Benz GLC and the Acura RDX.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X4?

BMW redesigned the X4 for the 2019 model year. The big news for 2020 is the arrival of the high-performance X4 M and M Competition trims, which boast 473- and 503-horsepower engines, respectively. Otherwise, the X4 carries over relatively unchanged. If you’re only interested in the standard model, you can save money by shopping for a 2019 X4, and you’ll get similar performance and features as a new X4.

You can potentially save even more money by shopping for a previous-generation X4, which covers the 2015 to 2018 model years, but you’ll have to make a few concessions. These X4s aren’t as luxurious inside, and they offer even less rear-seat and cargo space than current-generation models.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 X4, 2017 X4, and 2018 X4 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 14 BMW X4 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2020 X4 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our team has decades of experience in the auto industry. Though we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To maintain objectivity, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies.

How Much Does the BMW X4 Cost?

The 2020 BMW X4 starts at $51,100. That’s one of the highest starting prices in the luxury compact SUV segment. The price jumps to $61,000 for the six-cylinder M40i model, and it soars to $80,400 for the high-performance X4 M Competition trim.

If you want a BMW SUV that costs less than an X4, consider the X1 or the coupelike X2. These luxury subcompact SUVs start at $35,200 and $36,400, respectively.

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BMW X4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X4 or Porsche Macan?

If you want a luxury SUV with exciting performance, you really can’t go wrong with either the X4 or the Porsche Macan. Both of these sleek crossovers provide sharp handling and standard all-wheel drive, plus a lineup of muscular engines that enable brisk acceleration. Inside, both SUVs have crisp styling and quality materials. The catch is that both vehicles are on the pricier end of the luxury compact SUV class. Ultimately, both are good options. Choosing between them may come down to personal preference.

Which Is Better: BMW X4 or Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 is another good option in this segment. Like the X4, the Q5 offers spry handling, zesty engine performance, and a lovely interior. It also has comfortable front seats and an intuitive infotainment system. The Audi has more back-seat and cargo room than the BMW, making it a more practical vehicle for everyday driving. The Q5’s starting price is also thousands of dollars less than the X4’s.

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X4 Interior

How Many People Does the X4 Seat?

The BMW X4 is a two-row SUV with five seats. The front seats are comfortable and supportive, and there’s ample space, even for taller drivers and passengers. The back seat is roomy enough for adults on shorter trips, but the low roofline makes it a better area for kids when on longer outings.

Synthetic leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery is available, as are heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and heavily bolstered M Sport front seats.

X4 and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the X4’s rear outboard seats.

X4 Interior Quality

The X4’s cabin isn’t as eye-catching as its exterior, but it’s still attractive. The interior is modern and cleanly styled, and most surfaces are trimmed with quality materials, like soft-touch plastic, aluminum, and synthetic leather. The cabin filters out most road and wind noise.

X4 Cargo Space

This BMW has 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space with its rear seats upright and 50.5 cubic feet with these seats folded down. That’s enough room for a few suitcases or bulky items like chairs and a coffee table. Still, most luxury compact SUVs provide more cargo space.

X4 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The X4 comes standard with BMW’s user-friendly iDrive infotainment system. This includes a 10.2-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a 12-speaker stereo, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and automatic climate control.

Available features include satellite radio, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo. A gesture control system is also available, though it gets mixed reviews from critics. The system allows drivers to adjust certain settings with hand motions.

The screen is positioned in the driver’s line of sight, and it responds promptly to inputs. The menus are also easy to understand. There are redundant controls as well. For instance, you can control the system via the dashboard and steering-wheel buttons, by tapping and swiping on the touch screen, and by using a knob and touchpad on the center console.

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X4 Performance

X4 Engine: All Charged Up

The 2020 BMW X4 offers four engine options, and each is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The base 30i model comes with a 248-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the midrange M40i model has a 382-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder.

Despite its small size, the 30i engine feels almost as quick and eager in day-to-day driving as the bigger six-cylinder. Acceleration is snappy, and there’s strong passing power on the highway. The eight-speed automatic transmission serves up brisk, smooth shifts as well. The most noticeable difference between these two is the exhaust note: The M40i’s pipes sing a bit sweeter when you press the gas pedal.

Upgrade to the X4 M or X4 M Competition trims if you want more muscle. These models have twin-turbocharged versions of that straight-six engine, making 473 and 503 horsepower, respectively. Both can rocket the X4 up to speed assertively – zero to 60 mph takes just 4.4 seconds – and keep that pace well beyond legal speed limits. It’s a little overkill for everyday driving, so we suspect most shoppers will be happy with either the 30i or M40i.

X4 Gas Mileage: Great to Awful

The X4 xDrive30i gets an EPA-rated 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. These are some of the best fuel economy ratings in the luxury compact SUV class. The X4 M40i model gets a respectable 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. On the other hand, the X4 M models return poor fuel economy: just 14/19 mpg city/highway.

X4 Ride and Handling: Ultimate Driving Machine

The X4 backs up its sleek appearance with truly carlike handling. The 30i and M40i models feel athletic and stable around tight turns. The steering is quick and nicely weighted, making the X4 a breeze to maneuver and park. These models also ride quite comfortably on uneven road surfaces.

The X4 M models aim for even sharper driving dynamics, and they achieve it, thanks to their larger wheels and stiffer suspension tuning. But it comes at the expense of everyday comfort. These models tend to jitter and shimmy over rough pavement, even with the suspension in its softest mode.

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X4 Reliability

Is the BMW X4 Reliable?

The 2020 X4 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

BMW X4 Warranty

BMW covers the X4 with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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X4 Safety

X4 Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2020 BMW X4. This is common among luxury vehicles.

X4 Safety Features

The X4 comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

Available driver assistance features include a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free park assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a head-up display, and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist.

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X4 Dimensions and Weight

The BMW X4 is 15.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,147 to 4,590 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 BMW X4 Built?

BMW builds the 2020 X4 in South Carolina.

Which BMW X4 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 BMW X4 is available in four trim levels: xDrive30i, M40i, M, and M Competition. Features increase as you move up the trim line, but the big differences are cost and engine performance. There’s about a $10,000 price increase and 100-horsepower jump between each trim level.

We suggest sticking with the base model X4 xDrive30i, especially if you can’t afford to stretch your budget. This model should provide enough thrills for most shoppers. It’s also well-equipped with standard features.

BMW X4 xDrive30i

The entry-level X4 xDrive30i has a starting MSRP of $51,100. It comes with a 248-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard convenience features include the iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a 12-speaker stereo, HD Radio, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and automatic climate control.

Other standard features include keyless entry, push-button start, a power liftgate, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, synthetic leather upholstery (SensaTec), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated side mirrors, a panoramic moonroof, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, LED headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Several packages are available. For $3,000, the Premium package adds heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, and gesture control for the infotainment system. The $5,100 Executive package includes all of these features, plus interior ambient lighting, adaptive headlights, a surround-view parking camera system, and hands-free park assist.

The $500 Driving Assistance package adds lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring. The $1,700 Driving Assistance Plus package includes lane keep assist and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with low-speed traffic jam assist. The $1,450 Dynamic Handling package comes with an adaptive suspension from BMW’s M Sport division, along with an upgraded exhaust and brakes.

Individual options include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and 20-inch wheels.

BMW X4 M40i

The X4 M40i model starts at $61,000, and it packs a 382-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine. This trim adds 14-way power-adjustable front seats and adaptive LED headlights, plus the contents of the Dynamic Handling package. Most options carry over.

BMW X4 M

The high-performance X4 M trim has a starting MSRP of $73,400. This model comes with a 473-horsepower twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. It adds quicker steering, an M Sport limited-slip differential, 20-inch wheels, quad exhaust pipes, leather upholstery, heated front seats, ambient lighting, satellite radio, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, and the Driving Assistance package. As before, most options carry over.

BMW X4 M Competition

The X4 M Competition is priced at a hefty $80,400. This model is essentially an upgraded X4 M with 503 horsepower, 21-inch wheels, and heavily bolstered M Sport front seats.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

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The Final Call

The BMW X4 is not an SUV for everyone. It’s pricier than many of its rivals. It’s also not as practical because of its low, yet stylish, roofline. However, the X4 is a blast to drive. It changes direction quickly and accelerates rapidly, and its ride is mostly smooth. The crisp cabin also boasts lovely materials and user-friendly features. All in all, the X4 is a fine option in the competitive luxury compact SUV class.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Overall, this compact luxury SUV is one to consider if your priorities are style and performance." -- Car and Driver
  • "… the new X4 represents the ideal of what you think crossovers might be at their best. … It can definitely be fast, an athletic, husky new kid on the block who just wants to be liked. But it can also slow down and be your friend, a pleasant tube with which to spend several hours when you don't feel like driving like a maniac." -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "Like all of these SUV-coupe things, the X4 is hard to rationalize in my brain. The frumpy appearance and practicality concessions versus a traditional SUV -- like the X3 -- simply don't make sense. That said, the X4 is just as comfortable and great to drive as the more conventional X3, and its swoopier shape certainly helps it stand out." -- CNET (2019)    

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Class-Low Sales: Sales of the BMW X4 have decreased by 18.8 percent in 2020 relative to the same period in 2019. In addition, the X4 sits at the bottom of the luxury compact SUV sales race. Its much more practical and affordable sibling, the BMW X3, is outperforming the X4 in sales by more than 7 to 1. 

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