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2017 BMW X4 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 BMW X4 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2017 BMW X4 has an elegant cabin, with excellent fit and finish and premium materials. The X4 has comfortable and spacious front seats, but its rear seats have poor head- and legroom and are difficult to climb into. The iDrive infotainment system is straightforward and responsive, though some options are a few levels deep into the menus. The X4 has less cargo space than nearly every rival.

  • "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 2017 X4 seats five on faux leather upholstery. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Options include leather upholstery, upgraded Nevada leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and front sport seats with manually adjustable thigh support.

The front seats are comfortable and roomy. If you like extra bolstering, opt for the M Sport front seats, which offer better side support than the standard seats. The back seats, however, are fairly cramped for adults, thanks to the sloping roofline. The rear seats have low-mounted bottom cushions that elevate your knees to an uncomfortable position. Rear-seat headroom also isn't great for taller occupants, and with a high step-in height, some may have trouble climbing into the back seats.

  • "The standard front seats provide adequate comfort, but definitely check out the M Sport front seats as their bolsters are much more substantial all around. The back seat may be an issue, though. It's well-shaped for two, but the bottom cushion has been mounted quite low to accommodate the downward sloping roofline. This reduces comfort considerably and headroom for taller passengers can still be tight. The back seats of more conventionally roofed rivals, including the X3, are much better. Even the similarly shaped Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe has a more spacious and comfortable back seat." -- Edmunds
  • "Somewhat surprisingly, the rear seat can accommodate three in relative comfort, although legroom isn't as good as in the BMW 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 (2016)

Interior Features

The 2017 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, rear parking sensors, and Mobile Office, which allows you to check text messages, emails, 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.

The X4's iDrive infotainment system, which controls audio, navigation, and climate settings, is user-friendly and responds quickly to your inputs. A touchpad allows you to draw letters for navigation inputs. There are also dashboard buttons for an alternative to the touch screen. However, some rivals' systems require fewer menu steps to get to certain functions.

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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 (2016)
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

Cargo

With its rear seats upright, the 2017 X4 has 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space. It offers 49.4 cubic feet with the seats folded – one of the smallest cargo capacities in the class. The BMW X4's rakish roofline reduces usable cargo space. If you frequently transport large boxes or bulky items, note they may not fit inside the X4's cargo hold. However, the back seats’ 40/20/40 split-folding ability allows you to balance cargo-carrying needs with passenger-hauling needs.

The X4 is available with a Smart Opener trunk feature, which allows you to open the liftgate by waving your foot under the rear bumper.

  • "The 40/20/40-folding split rear seat helps customize the cargo area's shape, and when all three sections are folded it expands capacity from 17.7 cubic feet to 49.4." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2016)
  • "Things don't improve further back. With 17.7 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seat and 49.4 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded down, this crossover has less cargo room than the humble Volkswagen Golf hatchback. Now, there's no doubt that many will be fine with diminished practicality if they value the M4's distinctive styling, but just know that virtually every compact luxury SUV is more capable of carrying a big TV box or whatever other bulky items that would normally fit in an SUV." -- Edmunds

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