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2015 BMW X4 Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.7

The 2015 BMW X4’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine is plenty powerful, delivering swift acceleration from a stop, reviewers agree. The X4’s eight-speed automatic transmission offers slick, timely shifts, they add. Test drivers are also impressed with the all-new X4’s extremely sharp steering and composed handling, which they say make the SUV a blast to drive.

  • "It would appear BMW's plan was to make the X4 even more sporty than the already sporty X3 it's based on, and to that end it feels pretty quick in a straight line and actually goes around a corner quite well." -- Motor Trend
  • "We drove the 3.0-liter six with the M Sport package with 19-inch wheels instead of 18s, sport seats and some aero trim. Immediately we realized we were having a whole lot of fun on some powerfully twisty roads in northern Spain. Indeed, we had a lot more fun than we ever should have had in something this SUV-like." -- AutoWeek
  • "We didn't attempt any tail-out shenanigans, but we dare say we had more fun in the X4 than the slinky 428i Gran Coupe we drove the day before (more on the latter soon - Ed.), suffering as the latter does from the F30's well-documented steering numbness and dull turn-in characteristics." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The base 2015 BMW X4 xDrive28i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower. X4 xDrive35i models come with a 300-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. According to the EPA, the base X4 earns 20/28 mpg city/highway, which is on par with most rivals’ estimates. 

Reviewers praise the X4’s available turbocharged six-cylinder engine, saying it delivers vigorous power and rapid acceleration from a stop. The X4’s eight-speed automatic transmission also impresses test drivers, who say it shifts quickly and seamlessly.

  • "Fitted with the top-spec turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, the X4 xDrive35i feels plenty quick." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 300-hp inline-six in our xDrive35i test car is, as ever, smooth perfection, humming happily up to redline before the eight-speed automatic rips off a lightning-quick shift." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Launches are fun: with some throttle braking and the Dynamic Drive Control system in its Sport setting, the X4 35i catapults forward with startling force and absolutely zero wheel chirp." -- Autoblog
  • "All X4s shift through an eight-speed automatic transmission that provides quick, smooth shifts and can de-couple the drivetrain in coasting situations from 30-100 mph in order to save fuel." -- Left Lane News

Handling and Braking

Reviewers say the new BMW X4’s steering is extremely precise and well-weighted, making it one the best steering systems in the class. Most test drivers agree that the 2015 X4 feels planted and exhibits little body roll in turns. Some also note that the X4’s available Dynamic Damper Control system makes handling even sharper. The BMW X4 comes standard with all-wheel drive.

  • "Building on the already dynamic handling of the X3, the X4 boasts a more direct variable-effort steering system as well as standard performance control, which maintains a rear-biased torque split for sportier responses. An optional Dynamic Damper Control system tightens things up further with adaptive shocks that help to smooth out the ride and reduce body roll." -- Left Lane News
  • "The X4's responsive, firmly weighted and accurate steering makes it easier to position than most SUVs, and in corners it handles with the maneuverability of a compact car." -- Edmunds
  • "Off the motorway and along the twisty two-laners that snake around the Basque country, however, the X4 proved to be thoroughly entertaining. Steering could use a bit more feel, as ever, but turn-in is sharp and precise, with no delay in response and no on-center dead spot. With its added power, sharp steering response, and rear-axle torque distribution, corner carving in the X4 was easy if a bit surreal, considering how high up we were sitting." -- Autoblog
  • "This quasi-SUV drives much more like a car, despite being based on the same underpinnings as the BMW X3 SUV. But BMW gave the X4 its own personality by lowering the ride height, making it longer, retuning the suspension, and giving it sportier steering. That mix makes the X4 downright fun on a twisty road. It's a treat to dive into corners with, staying planted and unfazed." -- Kelley Blue Book

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