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2017 BMW X4 Review

The 2017 BMW X4 puts the spotlight on performance, alluring spirited drivers with a mouthwatering selection of engines and sports-car-like handling. However, its interior doesn't offer the same level of convenience or space as its rivals, which drops the X4 in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Enthusiastic engines
  • Sports-car-like handling
  • Handsome interior
  • Cramped back seats
  • Small cargo area for the class

New for 2017

  • Wi-Fi hot spot and wireless device charging became available
  • Updated iDrive infotainment system with navigation




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 BMW X4 Overview

Is the 2017 BMW X4 a Good Used SUV?

Deciding if the X4 is a good SUV for you depends on what you’re looking for. The X4 is a good choice if you want authentic BMW performance, the ride height of an SUV, and more cargo space than sedans like the BMW 4 Series and 6 Series. Though its interior is elegant and swathed in high-grade materials, most luxury compact SUVs offer more practicality. In other words, skip the X4 if you plan to regularly fill more than just the front seats.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our BMW X4 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 16 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 BMW X4?

The X4 is one of the pricier luxury compact SUVs. On average, you'll spend around $45,700 for a 2017 X4, based on about two dozen used listings on our site. While that's less than the average price tag of a 2017 Porsche Macan or 2017 Jaguar F-Pace, you can save $11,000 or more with a 2017 Audi Q5 or 2017 BMW X3 instead. When it comes to X4 pricing, factors such as optional features, vehicle condition, and mileage affect the actual listing price. You may see prices as low as $38,000 or as high as $56,000. 

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW X4 Cost to Own?

Over five years, the X4 is projected to cost almost $33,000 to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain. In comparison, these same expenses are about $3,000 lower for a 2017 X3.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X4?

With no notable changes between the 2017 and 2018 models, it makes little sense to spend an extra $2,000 to buy a 2018 X4. That's the difference you can expect to see between the average listing price of a 2017 X4 and the base MSRP of a 2018 X4 ($47,600). However, it may be worth considering a 2019 X4, which marks the launch of the X4's second generation. The redesigned X4 boasts even sportier handling, more head- and legroom, and a larger cargo hold, among other changes. The higher starting price of a 2019 X4 ($50,450) marks a substantial uptick, but this edition is worth a look for sport-minded drivers with a little wiggle room in their budget.

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With the 2017 X4’s above-average price, shoppers can consider almost any other new luxury compact SUV without worrying about spending more. The fully redesigned 2018 Audi Q5 is among the sportiest vehicles in this class, yet it offers the space and features that many families prefer. The Q5’s combination of quality and value is why we named it our 2018 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families. With prices starting at $41,500, Q5 shoppers have some flexibility to add options (or even to step up beyond the base trim level) before reaching the 2017 X4's average price.

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Which Model Year of the BMW X4 Is Best? 

BMW launched the X4 during the 2015 model year, and it added the X4 M40i the following year. Bluetooth and high-speed USB connectivity also became standard in the 2016 X4, which was also the last X4 model to offer the xDrive35i trim. During this same period, the X4's scores remained relatively unchanged. If you are shopping for the best deal (and aren't seeking an X4 M40i edition), we recommend looking for a 2015 or 2016 model, which tends to cost significantly less than a 2017 X4.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW X4?

The X4 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 BMW X4 Recalls

One recall has been issued for the 2017 X4 (as of the time of this review). The recall repair adds a reinforcing bracket to the LATCH lower anchor bars on selected models. Before buying a used X4, always check that any applicable recalls have been properly addressed by a BMW dealer.

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Which Used BMW X4 Model Is Right for Me?

For 2017, BWM offered the X4 in two trims: the base xDrive28i, and the performance-oriented M40i. Unless you are craving blistering acceleration, stick with the X4 xDrive28i. It tends to be less expensive, yet it comes with most of the same features as the M40i. Even though the range-topping edition has standard leather upholstery and a better sound system, these same options were available for the base model when new, and opting for an upgraded xDrive28i will still likely cost less overall.

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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?

The X4 hasn't undergone crash testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is common for a low-volume luxury vehicle.

Every X4 comes with rear parking sensors, along with adaptive headlights that pivot to illuminate bends in the road. Some X4 models may come with optional safety features such as a rearview camera, a 360-degree surround-view camera system, front parking sensors, a speed limit detection system, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and blind spot monitoring.

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2017 BMW X4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X4 or 2017 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 and BMW X4 are two luxury compact SUVs that share many mechanical components, but these two Bimmers are worlds apart. For the majority of SUV owners, the X3 is the better fit. Its base model has the same engine as the X4 xDrive28i, and uplevel X3s come with either a stronger six-cylinder engine or a more economical turbodiesel engine. In addition to nearly matching the X4’s performance, the X3 bests the X4 when it comes to passenger space, cargo room, and overall ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X4 or 2017 Infiniti QX50?

If a thrilling SUV is what you're after, test driving the Infiniti QX50 is a must. Its sport-tuned handling delivers a nimble yet comfortable ride. With lower average prices and ownership costs, the QX50 saves you quite a bit of money in comparison to the BMW. Finally, an attractive list of standard features and a larger cabin round out our recommendation for the QX50.

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2017 X4 Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW X4 Drive?

BMW doesn't call the X4 a "sports activity coupe" for nothing. This SUV parades itself like a sports car, with two brisk engine options and agile handling. A 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine comes standard, and a 355-horsepower six-cylinder engine comes with the performance-tuned M40i model. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Does the 2017 BMW X4 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The EPA estimates that the X4 gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. These numbers are slightly lower than the class average.

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2017 X4 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 X4 Seat?

The X4 has room for five people, and it comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery (real leather is available). The eight-way power-adjustable front seats feel roomy and supportive. The back seats are also nicely cushioned, but there’s little room to stretch out, so it isn't very accommodating for large adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 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.

2017 BMW X4 Features

The standard iDrive infotainment system isn't the most intuitive, but its menus are straightforward enough that the interface is still easy to use. A number of redundant buttons are conveniently mounted on the center stack for quick adjustments. The upgraded system is worth putting on your list of must-haves, as it comes with a larger screen, navigation, and a helpful touchpad.

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2017 BMW X4 Dimensions

BMW X4 Cargo Space

Cargo space isn't very plentiful in the X4, though there is enough room in the back for your golf clubs or a weekend's worth of luggage for the family. The sloping roofline further cuts into available storage room, leaving the X4 with 17.7 cubic feet of space.

BMW X4 Length and Weight

The X4 xDrive28i is just over 15 feet long. It has a curb weight of around 4,100 pounds. X4 M40i editions stretch a little longer to 15.5 feet, and they weigh another 100 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW X4 Built?

The 2017 X4 was built in South Carolina, alongside the 2017 BMW X3, 2017 BMW X5, and the 2017 BMW X6.


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