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2017 BMW X4 Performance Review

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


Performance: 8.8

The 2017 BMW X4's base engine provides brisk acceleration, and its optional larger engine is even more potent. Handling capabilities in both models are excellent, though the base xDrive28i caters more to driving comfort, and the M40i emphasizes handling prowess. The X4's fuel economy is on par with that of most rivals. 

  • "BMW's SUVs (or whatever you want to call them) have always differentiated themselves with their 'BMW-ness' (or whatever you want to call it). That is, they do a good job imitating a sports sedan while offering the practicality of an SUV. The X4 shifts even more toward the sports sedan, with both trims offering quick acceleration and spry handling." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There is another key difference between the X4 and the X3. It's called the M40i. Unique to the X4, this high-performance model builds on the outgoing xDrive35i model. With a whopping 360 horsepower and numerous handling enhancements, it ups the ante in this segment just as compelling new performance entries like the Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG Coupe and Porsche Macan GTS arrive on the scene for 2017." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The base 2017 BMW X4 xDrive28i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower. The X4 M40i has a 355-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in both models. According to the EPA, the base X4 gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, which is close to rivals' estimates.

The X4's base engine delivers ample power and strong acceleration – more than its horsepower rating would have you think. The available turbocharged six-cylinder engine is even stronger, producing sports car-like acceleration, which the average driver is unlikely to need.

  • "There are no complaints when it comes to performance. The 'base' turbo four-cylinder packs a real wallop when you put your foot in it, pressing you back in your seat and making a mockery of its claimed 240-hp output. Really, this is more than enough power for most shoppers. Only those desiring overkill should consider the M40i, which is a legitimate high-performance proposition with acceleration numbers that rival high-powered sport sedans." -- Edmunds
  • "Two turbocharged engines -- one powerful, one really powerful -- tempt the right foot of BMW X4 drivers. On the 2017 X4 xDrive28i there's the tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder we've come to love in so many other BMW models. The new X4 M40i offers a revamped version of the turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder we love even more." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

The 2017 BMW X4 earns praise for its outstanding cornering ability and precise steering. The base xDrive28i is tuned more for comfort than agility, whereas the X4 M40i is a real corner carver, rivaling the handling abilities of top performers like the Porsche Macan. 

The BMW X4 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Also available is a Dynamic Damper Control system, which automatically adjusts the suspension based on road conditions.

  • "With a taut suspension designed more for twisty roads than rough ones, the X4 is remarkably fun to fling about." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Similar accolades can be heaped upon the M40i's prowess around corners, as its steering and road-holding abilities should stand up well to not only the Porsche Macan but also other competitors from Jaguar and Mercedes. The same can't quite be said of the xDrive28i, though, which we've found to be a bit squishy and ponderous for a vehicle bearing the BMW badge. It's more comfort-oriented, which may nevertheless be welcomed by some shoppers." -- 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 (2015)

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