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2015 BMW X4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 BMW X4 was new.


Interior: 7.7

Reviewers praise the 2015 BMW X4’s opulent interior, which they say has handsome styling and excellent fit and finish. Still, a few critics say the X4’s cabin emphasizes form over function since many rivals have much more interior and cargo space. Test drivers say the X4’s front seats are comfortable and drivers have good forward visibility. Rear-seat head- and legroom are poor, and rearward visibility is limited from the driver’s seat, reviewers complain. Automotive writers are impressed with the X4’s intuitive infotainment system and simple dashboard controls.

  • "On the plus side, the X4 delivers everything you'd expect from a 3 Series or X3 in terms of quality and features. All the various driver aid, entertainment, and information technologies are available. The materials are of the appropriate quality and it's well-assembled with tight gaps and no misalignments or rattles." -- Motor Trend
  • "The X4's interior is nearly identical to the X3's, and provides the same high standard of finish." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 BMW X4 we drove had a stylish cabin that combined black dash, doors and headliner with brushed aluminum accents." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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


The new 2015 BMW X4 seats five on leatherette upholstery. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and sport seats with manual thigh support adjustment are available. Reviewers agree that the front seats are roomy and comfortable. Automotive journalists say the driver’s seat is set high and offers good forward visibility. However, most critics say the X4’s back seats are cramped. Its sloped roofline creates limited headroom for adults, and rear visibility is hampered, they add.

  • "While the X4 still seats five fairly comfortably, the second row doesn't offer as much legroom as the X3." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's plenty of space for passengers up front, but taller folks will find the rear accommodations to be a bit of a tight squeeze in terms of head room." -- Left Lane News
  • "The tall roof makes the front half of the cabin feel open and airy; the rear less so. To get under that sloping roof, the rear seat is mounted low, so your knees are up in the air. This also means getting in and out is an adventure in maintaining modesty, as you have a high step-in height combined with a low seat cushion and a big, bulging wheel well in between you have to climb over. Once you're in, you'll notice the door armrest is too high for comfort, as if it's the same door panel from the uncompromised X3." -- Motor Trend
  • "Apart from the fact that you sit usefully higher, its excellent driving position feels similar to a sport sedan. The view forward is excellent, but the oddly arched rear window reveals little of the world behind." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The new 2015 BMW X4 comes standard with a USB port, a power moonroof, power-folding heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, an iDrive infotainment system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. Options include a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a surround-view camera system, front parking sensors, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display and active park assist.

Automotive writers agree that the X4’s iDrive infotainment system, which controls audio, navigation and climate controls, works well and is easy to operate. Reviewers also say the system’s redundant dashboard buttons make it easy to access settings without the iDrive controller.

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  • "Apart from a gearshifter that's not the most obvious to operate, all the major controls are easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "On the plus side, the X3-based dashboard is arguably one of BMW's best and most ergonomically sound current designs; iDrive has never worked better, and there is a vast array of available comfort, convenience and safety technologies to make it feel every bit the BMW that it is." -- Autoblog
  • "Simple, effective and old-fashioned white-on-black analog gauges contrast with BMW's latest iDrive infotainment system, which has evolved over the years into one of the most user-friendly interfaces for controlling entertainment, navigation and climate control functions. Redundant controls composed of conventional knobs and buttons provide an alternate means of accessing often-used features." -- Left Lane News 


The all-new 2015 BMW X4 has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place and 49.4 cubic feet with them folded. That’s on the small side for the class. Still, a few test drivers like the X4’s optional Smart Opener feature, which opens the tailgate when your foot is waved under the rear bumper.

  • "Where the X4 differs from the X3, of course, is in the realm of utility. While the X3 can hold 27.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats, or 63.6 cubes with the rear seats folded down, the X4 suffers for fashion with diminished capacities of 17.7 and 49.4 cubes for the same measurements." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 40/20/40 split rear seat helps make the interior versatile. … It's easy to reach that cargo, too: The Smart Opener allows you to open the tailgate with a wave of your foot." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cargo space is less compromised in the X3 to X4 transition than it was in the X5 to X6 transition." -- Motor Trend

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