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2016 BMW X4 Review

The 2016 BMW X4 is highly enjoyable to ride with its sporty handling and potent engines. It also features a stylish cabin and a user-friendly infotainment system. However, the X4’s cramped cabin and cargo bay drag its ranking down to the bottom of the luxury compact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Strong engines
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Tight rear seats
  • Limited cargo space




Critics' Rating: 7.8
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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2016 BMW X4 Overview

Is the 2016 BMW X4 a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 X4 is a good luxury compact SUV. Designed to be a sporty crossover, all three of its engines deliver excellent power. The cabin is put together with premium materials, and front-seat passengers will enjoy their seats over long drives. However, the rear seats offer little head- or legroom, and the cargo area simply can’t hold as much as class rivals can. If you rarely carry more than one passenger and don’t need tons of cargo space, the X4 is an appealing option.

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To give you a complete overview of the 2016 X4 – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 13 BMW X4 reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Is the 2016 BMW X4?

Our site has nearly 150 listings for the 2016 BMW X4, with an average list price of $33,500. That is slightly above average for the class. Prices range from $27,000 to $38,500, depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 BMW X4 Cost to Own?

The 2016 BMW X4’s estimated five-year costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are roughly $34,434 – or $6,887 per year. Several rivals have lower estimates.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X4?

The fully redesigned 2019 X4 starts at $50,450 and comes with a number of driver assistance features that are not standard in the 2016 model, including pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The 2019 X4 also has modestly improved fuel economy with all its engines. It also has enhanced styling and a little more passenger and cargo space. However, it costs a lot more than the 2016 model. The new X4 is the better vehicle, but the 2016 model is still a solid choice if you’re constrained by a tight budget.

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There are only two new luxury compact SUVs that have starting prices that are similar to the 2016 X4’s average list price. The 2019 Buick Envision has a base price of $31,995, while the 2019 Lincoln MKC starts at $33,995. Both models have a smooth ride and user-friendly technology features. If you’re willing to stretch your budget to the top of the 2016 X4’s price range, you can even get the more well-rounded 2019 Acura RDX, which starts at $37,300. Fully redesigned for the 2019 model year, the RDX has lots of tech features, an enjoyable ride, and a lavish cabin with plenty of space.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X4 Is Best?

The 2016 BMW X4 is part of a generation that ran from 2015 to 2018. Most of the year-to-year changes have to do with technology. For 2016, BMW made an enhanced USB port and Bluetooth standard. The 2017 X4 gained available wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot, and an updated iDrive infotainment system with navigation. Since there were no major changes for 2018, consider the 2017 model, which offers the same tech options as the newer model at a typically lower price than the 2018 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 BMW X4?

J.D. Power gives the 2016 X4 a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is slightly above average for the class.

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2016 BMW X4 Recalls

There is one open safety recall for the X4. It addresses possible damage to the lower child seat anchor bars. Make sure a BMW dealer has addressed this recall before purchasing a 2016 X4.

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Which Used BMW X4 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 BMW X4 comes in three trim levels: xDrive28i, xDrive35i, and M40i. The base xDrive28i trim is equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and it comes with plenty of features for most shoppers. These include a moonroof, automatic climate control, and the iDrive infotainment system with HD Radio, an enhanced USB port, Bluetooth, and a nine-speaker audio system. You’ll also get leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and LED fog lights.

Although the base trim is equipped well enough for most shoppers, the X4’s two other trims offer even more features. The xDrive 35i is powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, and it has a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon surround-sound system and larger 19-inch alloy wheels. The M40i trim comes with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, performance tires, leather sport seats, and a sport steering wheel. 

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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?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2016 X4.

The X4 comes standard with rear parking sensors and LED fog lights. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, dynamic cruise control, a rearview camera, a surround-view parking camera, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, city collision mitigation, a head-up display, front parking sensors, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, and active park assist.

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2016 BMW X4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW X4 or 2016 BMW X3?

The 2016 BMW X4 is a sportier version of the 2016 X3. The X3 is the preferred choice for shoppers interested in an agile vehicle that has good interior space and seating comfort. The X4's sloped roofline, smaller cabin, and more powerful base engine make it a better option for performance-minded shoppers. Both models provide an upscale cabin with a user-friendly infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW X4 or 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC?

With a smooth, hushed ride and a spacious, luxurious cabin, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC is an excellent choice if you're looking for a comfortable cruiser. It also has a marginally higher reliability rating and more standard safety features than the BMW X4, such as a driver drowsiness monitor and collision prevention assist. Still, if your priority is driving dynamics, the X4 is a more thrilling SUV.

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2016 X4 Performance

How Does the 2016 BMW X4 Drive?

The X4 is one of the most fun-to-drive vehicles in the class, with lithe handling and sharp steering. It also delivers a fairly comfortable ride. Each of the three trims comes with a different engine. The base xDrive28i has a 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has no qualms getting up to high speeds quickly. The xDrive35i comes with a stronger 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The performance-oriented M40i offers the most power with its 355-horsepower twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. A smooth-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard in every trim.

Does the 2016 BMW X4 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base xDrive28i returns 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which are about average for the class. The xDrive35i and M40i models get 19/26 mpg and 18/25 mpg city/highway, respectively.

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2016 BMW X4 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 X4 Seat?

There's seating for five in the X4. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, but rear passengers will feel cramped because of minimal head- and legroom. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard, while some models may feature leather sport seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 BMW X4?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors and an upper tether for the middle seat of the X4.

2016 BMW X4 Features

Standard features include HD Radio, an enhanced USB port and Bluetooth, a nine-speaker audio system, and the iDrive infotainment system. The standard iDrive infotainment interface is intuitive, and its controls are easy to use. Some models have a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon surround-sound system, satellite radio, and navigation.

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2016 BMW X4 Dimensions

BMW X4 Cargo Space

The 2016 X4 has 17.7 cubic feet of trunk space behind the rear seats and 49.4 cubic feet with them folded. These are below-average estimates for the class. However, the X4 comes with a power liftgate.

2016 X4 Length and Weight

The 2016 X4 is about 15.4 feet long. Its curb weight is between 4,130 and 4,260 pounds.  

Where Was the 2016 BMW X4 Built?

BMW built the 2016 X4 in South Carolina.

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