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2016 BMW X4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 BMW X4 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2016 BMW X4 has an upscale cabin that features high-quality materials and an attractive design, test drivers report. The 2016 X4 has comfortable and spacious front seats, reviewers say, but its rear seats have poor head- and legroom. Auto writers agree that the iDrive infotainment system performs well and has straightforward on-screen menus. The X4 has less cargo space than most competitors.

  • "Top-quality materials are evident throughout." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "The 2015 BMW X4 we drove had a stylish cabin that combined black dash, doors and headliner with brushed aluminum accents." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Seating

The 2016 X4 seats five on faux leather upholstery. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Options include leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and front sport seats with manual thigh support adjustment. Test drivers appreciate the X4’s spacious and comfortable front seats. They add that the driver's high seating position creates great forward visibility. However, most critics are disappointed by the X4’s tight back seats and say its sloped roofline limits headroom.

  • The standard seats provide adequate comfort, but definitely check out the M Sport front seats if you're interested, as their bolsters are much more substantial all around. The rear seat is well shaped for two, but the bottom cushion has been mounted low to accommodate the encroaching roof line. Even so, headroom for taller passengers can be tight." -- Edmunds
  • While the X4 still seats five fairly comfortably, the second row doesn't offer as much legroom as the X3." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 BMW X4 comes standard with a USB port, a power moonroof, power-folding heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, an iDrive infotainment system, adaptive headlights, satellite radio and rear parking sensors. For 2016, BMW introduces a standard Mobile Office, which allows you to check text messages, email, calendar events, tasks, contact photos and voice memos. Optional features include a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, a surround-view camera system, front parking sensors, navigation, adaptive cruise control, a pedestrian and collision warning system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display and active park assist.

Test drivers report that the X4’s iDrive infotainment system, which controls audio, navigation and climate controls, responds quickly to user input and is straightforward to operate. Still, a few critics mention that adjusting settings may take a few more steps than rival's systems require. Test drivers are also pleased that, even with iDrive, redundant dashboard controls provide an alternate option for changing settings.

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  • The optional navigation system boasts an upgraded widescreen display with impressive graphics, and its enhanced iDrive control interface adds a touchpad for letter and character inputs. Either way, we've found that iDrive responds quickly to commands, but it often takes a few more clicks and spins of the knob to access desired functions compared with rival systems. Still, you can't argue with the deep capabilities it provides." -- 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 BMW X4 has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 49.4 cubic feet with them folded, which is less space than most rivals have. Still, reviewers like the available Smart Opener feature that allows you to open the tailgate by waving your foot under the rear bumper, and note that the Smart Opener feature makes the cargo space easy to access.

  • "If you're looking for serious hauling capability, the X4 comes up short. With 17.7 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat and 49.4 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded down, this chubby crossover gets nosed out by the humble Volkswagen Golf hatchback. To be fair, the Golf is actually incredibly spacious for a compact hatch. Meanwhile, X4 rivals like the Macan and Range Rover Evoque are similarly challenged. Still, given the X3's superior standard and maximum measurements (27.6 cubes and 63.3 cubes, respectively), there's no doubt that form has trumped function in this case." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • Cargo space is less compromised in the X3 to X4 transition than it was in the X5 to X6 transition." -- Motor Trend (2015)

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