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2019 BMW X4 Review

The redesigned 2019 BMW X4 is one of the most athletic SUVs in its class, but it finishes in the bottom half of our luxury compact SUV rankings because it doesn't have the all-around excellence of some competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent handling
  • Powerful engines
  • Good gas mileage
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Below-average cargo capacity
  • Rivals' interiors are more polished
  • Sloping roofline makes interior feel cramped

Is the BMW X4 a Good SUV?

Yes, the BMW X4 is a good SUV. Its engines never lack for power, and they earn good fuel economy estimates. This BMW rides smoothly and handles better than most rivals. Inside, the X4 looks good and provides supportive seats and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, many of its classmates have more cargo space, and several are also more luxurious.

Should I Buy the BMW X4?

If you're looking for a fun-to-drive SUV and don't mind sacrificing some interior opulence to get it, then the X4 makes a great choice. However, this SUV shouldn't top your list if you want the poshest possible interior. Additionally, with one of the highest starting prices in the segment and and a bottom-half class ranking, the X4 doesn't give you as much bang for your buck as some other luxury compact SUVs. Instead, you may want to check out the Porsche Macan or Audi Q5.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X4?

The 2019 BMW X4 is the first model year of a new generation. The changes for the 2019 redesign include an additional 8 horsepower for the base engine and improved fuel economy for both engines. The 2019 X4 looks nicer inside and offers slightly more rear-seat space and cargo room. There are more standard driver assistance features for 2019 as well, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used X4. If a used model appeals to you, check out our reviews of the 2018 BMW X4 and 2017 BMW X4, and take a look at our Used Car Deals page. But be aware that buying an older model means you'll miss out on the updates for 2019.

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How Much Does the BMW X4 Cost?

The X4's base price sits just above $50,000, making it one of the most expensive vehicles in the class. The performance-oriented M-Series model starts at around $60,500. That, too, is more expensive than the top trim of most rivals.

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.

BMW X4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X4 or Porsche Macan?

The Porsche Macan is one of the few class rivals that might be more athletic than the X4. It handles like a sports car and offers several powerful turbocharged engines, though it's not as fuel-efficient as its BMW rival. The Macan's interior is posh and elegant, and there are plenty of tech features. Both SUVs have subpar cargo capacity for the class and above-average starting prices. These are both good vehicles, but the Porsche is a bit better in most areas, making it the better choice.

Which Is Better: BMW X4 or Audi Q5?

The Audi Q5 finishes near the top of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It has perhaps the best interior in the class, with premium materials, two rows of spacious seats, and a much larger cargo hold than its BMW rival. The X4 may perform slightly better, but the Q5 is close behind with similar engine power and adept handling. At the end of the day, the Audi's far nicer cabin and better value (its starting price is thousands of dollars less than the X4) give it the edge.

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X4 Interior

How Many People Does the X4 Seat?

The X4 seats five people. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and they have plenty of support to hold you firmly in place. The rear seats can reasonably accommodate three adults, but the sloping roofline cuts down on available headroom.

X4 and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

X4 Interior Quality

The X4's cabin looks good and features some premium materials. However, many competitors are more opulent inside, and some are also more stylish.

X4 Cargo Space

Most other luxury compact SUVs make better cargo haulers than this BMW. With the rear seats in use, you have 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is enough room for the family golden retriever and a bag or two. Fold down the rear seats, and you have just over 50 cubic feet of space.

X4 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the X4 include a panoramic moonroof, a 12-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and the iDrive infotainment system. Available features include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, wireless device charging, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Most reviewers are fans of the iDrive infotainment system. Though some say it can be distracting to use while on the go, most critics agree that the system is intuitive. The controls are easy to master, and it's not hard to reach them from the driver's seat.

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X4 Performance

X4 Engine: 2 Turbocharged Options

The base X4 features a 248-horsepower turbo-four, while the M-Series model (the M40i) comes with a 355-horsepower turbo-six. Both engines have more than enough power for daily driving, but the six-cylinder model is the decidedly better choice for drivers who want more excitement while behind the wheel.

X4 Gas Mileage: The Numbers Look Good

With its base engine, the X4 gets better gas mileage than many competitors, returning 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The larger engine earns 20/27 mpg city/highway.

The X4 will save you about $100 per year in fuel costs compared to the Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe and about $300 per year compared to the Porsche Macan.

X4 Ride and Handling: Comfortable and Dynamic

This all-wheel-drive BMW SUV handles extremely well whether you're driving around town or opening things up on a winding road. It grips the road well and doesn't roll much around turns. It also rides smoothly, even if the road isn't perfect.

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X4 Reliability

Is the BMW X4 Reliable?

The 2019 X4 earns 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

The 2019 X4 has not been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

X4 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

Available features include a head-up display, a surround-view camera, parallel and perpendicular park assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear cross traffic alert, and evasion aid, which helps you avoid unexpected obstacles on the road ahead.

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Which BMW X4 Model Is Right for Me?

You have two choices when picking an X4: the base trim and the performance model. Either way, you're getting an all-wheel-drive SUV that's one of the most dynamic performers in the class. The main difference between the two trims is the engine power, with the M40i featuring an engine with 107 more horsepower than the base xDrive30i.

The M40i also features a five-figure price increase over the base trim. Since the features list is essentially the same in both models, unless you really want that extra power, you're better off sticking with the base trim rather than ponying up $10,000 for the more powerful engine.

BMW X4 xDrive30i

The X4 xDrive30i carries a base price of $50,450. It features a 248-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include a panoramic moonroof, automatic climate control, a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and the iDrive infotainment system.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

For an extra $3,000, you can add the M Sport Design package, which provides multiple styling upgrades. The Convenience Tier package ($1,000) adds keyless entry and satellite radio. The Premium Tier package ($2,600) includes the Convenience Tier features plus a head-up display, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Executive Tier package ($5,850) includes the lower tier's features plus a surround-view camera, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and more. The Driving Assistance package ($500) adds blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The Driving Assistance Plus package ($1,700) adds lane keep assist, evasion aid, and front cross traffic alert.

You can add a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system for $875 and wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot for $400.

BMW X4 M40i

The X4 M40i starts at $60,450. This performance-oriented model comes with a 355-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. It also comes standard with satellite radio. Beyond that, it features the same standard and available features as the xDrive30i.

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

There are many reasons to like the fully redesigned 2019 BMW X4 – most notably, for its premium performance. However, it doesn't offer the all-around appeal of its classmates, which is why it finishes in the bottom half of our luxury compact SUV rankings and why it may not be the right buying choice for every shopper.

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

  • "… the new X4 represents the ideal of what you think crossovers might be at their best, if you want to have your cake and eat it too. 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
  • 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
  • "Sure, you can get pretty much the same experience and a bit more practicality from the X3, but cars are an emotional thing. If the design isn't for you, stick with the X3 or jump ship and go with a Jaguar F-Pace or Porsche Macan. They're all fantastic options that don't sacrifice as much in the way of utility as the X4. If you like the looks and the badge, then you're getting into a comfortable and quick SUV with a solid interior and a sports car soundtrack. It's still not — and likely won't ever be — as good to drive as the equivalent sedan or wagon, but it's vastly improved over its immediate predecessor. And more importantly, it's simply fun to drive, a testament to the good fight against physics by BMW's chassis engineers." -- Autoblog

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: May 3, 2019

Steady Sales: Sales of the redesigned BMW X4 have remained constant in 2019 compared to the same span in 2018, and it sits near the bottom in the luxury compact SUV sales race. Its much more practical and affordable sibling, the BMW X3, is currently outselling the X4 more than 10 to 1.

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