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2015 BMW X4 Review

With its nimble handling and lively engines, the 2015 BMW X4 is one of the most athletic SUVs in its class. However, its sporty coupelike shape lowers its usability, which is why it places in the bottom half of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Peppy engine lineup
  • Spry handling
  • Handsome interior with quality materials
  • Confined rear seats
  • Small cargo area for the class
  • Select ownership costs are high




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 BMW X4 Overview

Is the 2015 BMW X4 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the BMW X4 is a good used SUV. It has the dynamics of a sports sedan, the raked roof of a coupe, and the elevated stance of a luxury subcompact SUV. BMW goes as far to call it a Sports Activity Coupe. In designing it this way, BMW had little regard for practical matters, as evidenced by its small back seat and cargo area. That might be fine if sleek styling is all you're after, but if practicality is a priority, skip the X4.  

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Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about the BMW X4 in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, horsepower specs, and cargo space dimensions) with 10 professional BMW X4 reviews.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2015 BMW X4?

Based on listings for the 2015 BMW X4 on our site, the average list price is $30,700. Prices range from $24,500 to $37,000 and vary depending on vehicle details such as condition, mileage, features, and location.

These estimates are much lower than prices for the 2015 Porsche Macan, which has an average list price of $45,000.

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How Much Does the 2015 BMW X4 Cost to Own?

The 2015 BMW X4’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $32,280, or $6,456 per year. That’s above average for a luxury compact SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X4?

The BMW X4 was fully redesigned for 2019, so the new model sitting at the dealership looks different from its predecessors. Compared to the prior generation, the X4 has more standard safety features, enhanced driving dynamics, and a stronger base engine. All-new features include a panoramic moonroof and tri-zone automatic climate control. Some options, such as the color head-up display and adaptive cruise control, were not available for 2015. Pricing for the 2019 X4 starts around $20,000 higher than the 2015's average list price, so you should weigh these changes carefully to decide if the redesigned SUV is worth the extra dough.

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If you find a great deal, you may be able to get a new luxury compact SUV for about the same price of a used 2015 X4. Vehicles in this category with a starting price below $35,000 include the 2019 Lincoln MKC and 2020 Buick Envision.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X4 Is Best?

BMW first introduced the X4 for the 2015 model year. For 2016, Bluetooth and high-speed USB connectivity became standard in the BMW X4 xDrive35i, and the more-powerful M40i joined the lineup. Goodies such as a Wi-Fi hot spot and wireless smartphone charging became available the following year, and optional Apple CarPlay was added for 2018. For the best combination of features and price, we recommend model from 2016 and 2017.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW X4?

The 2015 BMW X4 has a slightly above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 BMW X4 Recalls

There are three recalls for the 2015 X4 as of the time of this review. The recalls address an air bag inflator that may have been improperly welded, child seat anchors that may become damaged, and an exterior mirror that may not meet U.S. guidelines. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used BMW X4 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 X4 is available in two trim levels: xDrive28i and the xDrive35i. The main difference between them is the engine each comes with. A turbocharged four-cylinder powers the base 28i, while a more powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine propels the 35i. Spirited drivers will enjoy the base turbo-four, but true thrill-seekers may want to pony up the extra cash to upgrade to the 35i, which can sprint from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 5.2 seconds.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles no older than five years with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. This CPO coverage can be transferred to subsequent owners, but some restrictions may apply, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the X4?

Like many other luxury vehicles, the BMW X4 didn't undergo crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Rear parking sensors are standard in the X4. Available safety features include a surround-view parking camera system, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and active park assist.  

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2015 BMW X4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X4 or 2015 BMW X3?

The 2015 BMW X3 and BMW X4 are both slated as luxury compact SUVs, and these siblings have an identical engine lineup and similar interior amenities. Those who need a generous amount of cargo space and adult-friendly rear seats should pick the X3 instead of the X4. If you'd rather give all that up for coupelike styling and more-athletic performance, choose the X4.  

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW X4 or 2015 Audi Q5?

The 2015 Audi Q5 has one of the nicest interiors in the class, with high-end materials, a roomy back seat, and lots of cargo space. The Audi has many more standard features than the X4, including leather seats and tri-zone automatic climate control. The Q5 doesn't beat the X4 in every category though. In this side-by-side comparison, the BMW is more athletic and has a better reliability rating. But overall, both are good choices.

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2015 X4 Performance

How Does the 2015 BMW X4 Drive?

Sports-car-like performance is the X4's strong suit. This BMW is agile and responsive, and its well-tuned suspension system keeps body roll in check. Under the hood of the X4 xDrive28i is an energetic 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The X4 xDrive35i is even livelier, thanks to its 300-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six cylinder engine. Both BMW models come with a polished eight-speed automatic transmission and the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

Does the 2015 BMW X4 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The BMW X4 xDrive28i gets 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is a shade below average for a luxury compact SUV. The fuel economy rating in the BMW X4 xDrive35i drops to 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

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2015 X4 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 X4 Seat?

The X4 is a two-row SUV with five seats. The seat cushions are comfortable all the way around, and the front seats have a pleasant amount of space and power seat adjustments. Limited leg- and headroom in the back seat result in a cramped space for large occupants.

What it lacks in space, the X4 more than makes up for in style. Its interior is elegant, well-made, and outfitted with a selection of top-notch materials. BMW's SensaTec synthetic leather seating upholstery is standard. Upgrades include genuine leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and sport seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 BMW X4?

The X4 has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the outboard rear seats, and the middle seat has a tether anchor.

2015 BMW X4 Features

The X4 comes with the iDrive infotainment interface. It's a relatively straightforward system with handy buttons and knobs. Standard infotainment features include a USB port, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Some models also come with an optional Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.  

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2015 BMW X4 Dimensions

BMW X4 Cargo Space

With its raked roofline, the X4's body style impinges on its cargo area. It has 17.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and up to 49.4 cubic feet with these seats folded. That's below average for a luxury compact SUV, though an optional hands-free liftgate is available for added convenience.

2015 X4 Length and Weight

The X4 is roughly 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,130 to 4,260 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 BMW X4 Built?

BMW built the 2015 X4 in South Carolina.

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