2018 BMW X4

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2018 BMW X4 Review

The 2018 BMW X4 is one of the most athletic SUVs in its class. However, cramped rear seats and a small cargo hold push this SUV to the bottom third of our luxury compact SUV rankings.

8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.5
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Agile handling
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Small rear seats
  • Poor cargo capacity

Is the BMW X4 a Good SUV?

Overall, the BMW X4 is an OK luxury compact SUV. It focuses more on the "sport" aspect of an SUV than the "utility" side, with nimble handling and your choice of two powerful turbocharged engines. Additionally, all X4s come standard with all-wheel drive. Infotainment features are easy to use, and the X4 has above-average predicted reliability. On the negative side, a sloping roof creates limited back-seat space – especially for taller passengers. The X4 also has a tiny amount of cargo space compared to rivals.

Should I Buy the BMW X4?

With better and more well-rounded rivals available, you can do better than the X4. Plus, the X4 is a lot more expensive than nearly every vehicle in the class. If you have a big budget and want thrilling performance from an SUV, consider the Porsche Macan. It's the only SUV in the class with a similar price tag to the X4, but it fares much better in our rankings. The Porsche is more athletic than the BMW, and it has a nicer and more useful interior. You'd also be wise to check out the BMW X3, which costs much less than the X4 but offers more passenger and cargo space..

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X4?

BMW introduced the X4 as an all-new SUV for the 2015 model year, and there have been few changes since. For 2017, BMW added an upgraded iDrive infotainment system and navigation as standard features, plus options like a Wi-Fi hot spot and wireless phone charging. There are no major changes for 2018, so you can likely save money by shopping for a 2017 model without sacrificing many features..

To research some other models in this generation, check out our reviews of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 BMW X4. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for the latest deals and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 19 BMW X4 reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2018 X4 is the right new car for you. This 2018 BMW X4 review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2015 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the BMW X4 Cost?

A new BMW X4 has a base price of $47,600. That's one of the highest starting prices in the class; many class rivals have starting prices under $40,000. The M40i trim starts at just over $59,000, which is more than you'd pay for the higher trims of class rivals.

Once you've settled on a trim, there are several option packages (such as the M Sport Package) and available features that you can add. These range in price from a few hundred dollars to more than two grand. A fully loaded X4 can carry a price tag in excess of $65,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

BMW X4 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X4 or Porsche Macan?

The Porsche Macan and BMW X4 each deliver engaging performance, but the Macan leads the class in that area. It has sports-car-like handling and four different powertrains. The Porsche also has a better interior than the BMW. Both rows of seats in the Macan have plenty of room for adults, unlike the X4 and its tiny second row. The Macan also has a little more cargo room and a wealth of user-friendly technology. There's no real argument for choosing the BMW over the Porsche.

Which Is Better: BMW X4 or BMW X3?

The BMW X3 ranks in the top half of the luxury compact SUV class, and it costs nearly $40,000 less than the X4. These two SUVs have the same base engine, and each offers an optional turbocharged six-cylinder power plant. The X4's six-cylinder boasts more horsepower, but both offer similar driving dynamics. However, the X3 comes standard with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel is standard in the X4. On the plus side, you'll get spacious rear seats and much more cargo space with the X3 than with the X4. The BMW X3 is clearly the better choice.

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X4 Interior

How Many People Does the X4 Seat?

The X4 seats five people. The front seats are comfortable and roomy, but the rear seats don't have a lot of room. Rear-seat headroom is also adversely affected by the vehicle's sloping roofline.

X4 and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the X4. The lower anchors are easy to reach and use, and the tether anchors are easily identified. Rear-facing car seats require you to move the front seats pretty far forward, but most other car seats fit without much trouble.

X4 Interior Quality

The X4's cabin has an elegant look, and the materials quality is top notch.

X4 Cargo Space

Cargo space is one of the biggest drawbacks to the X4. It has just 17.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 49.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. With the seats up, you'll have plenty of room for a lot of shopping bags or a few sets of golf clubs.

With the seats down, you might have enough space for camping gear, cookout supplies, or some smaller furniture items. However, the sloping roofline once again impedes the X4's utility, which means that bulkier items may not fit.

X4 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features in the X4 include a moonroof, Bluetooth, the iDrive infotainment system, and Mobile Office. Available features include a Harman Kardon audio system, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The iDrive system is intuitive and responsive. Mobile Office is a helpful feature that lets you check phone notifications like emails, texts, and voice messages without becoming too distracted. While many rivals offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the X4 only offers Apple CarPlay.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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X4 Performance

X4 Engine: 2 Potent Engine Options

Each of the X4's trims has its own turbocharged engine. The 28i features a 240-horsepower four-cylinder, and the M40i comes with a 355-horsepower six-cylinder. The base engine has plenty of power for most drivers, but the six-cylinder has superior acceleration.

X4 Gas Mileage: Run-of-the-Mill MPG Ratings

The X4 gets its best gas mileage with the base engine, earning 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. With the larger engine, mileage drops to 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. That works out to roughly $200 more per year in fuel costs.

X4 Ride and Handling: Agility to Spare

The X4 is one of the most athletic luxury compact SUVs, right up there with the Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace. The X4's buttoned-down handling and sharp steering let you carve up winding roads. It also has a fairly smooth ride, and all-wheel drive comes standard.

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X4 Reliability

Is the BMW X4 Reliable?

The 2018 BMW X4 has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

BMW X4 Warranty

The 2018 BMW X4 is backed by a four-year/50,000-mile warranty. That's similar to the warranties of many other SUVs in the class. The Jaguar F-Pace is one of the few rivals with a slightly better warranty: five years or 60,000 miles.

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X4 Safety

X4 Crash Test Results

The 2018 BMW X4 has not yet been put through crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

X4 Safety Features

The X4's standard active safety features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive cruise control. Available features include a surround-view camera system, a pedestrian- and collision-warning system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display, and active park assist.

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Which BMW X4 Model Is Right for Me?

There are only two X4 trims: the xDrive 28i and the M40i. There's about a $12,000 price difference between the two trims. That's largely because they come with different engines, though the M40i does have more standard features. Still, almost every feature offered in the M40i can also be added to the xDrive 28i, so unless you really want the larger engine, the base model is a better choice.

BMW X4 xDrive 28i

The 28i is the base trim, and it has a starting price of $47,600. It features a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Beyond the standard features, there are several available features and option packages. The packages cost between $700 and $2,200 and add extras like heated front and rear seats, blind spot detection, and active park assist. Features that you can add individually include navigation ($1,700), wireless phone charging ($400), and Apple CarPlay ($300).

BMW X4 M40i

The M40i's base price is $59,250. One of the main differences between the M40i and the xDrive 28i is the M40i's larger engine – a 355-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder. The M40i comes with all the features that are standard in the base model and adds a few more. These include Dynamic Damper Control, Nevada leather upholstery, and a Harman Kardon audio system. The same option packages are available.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2018 BMW X4 finishes in the bottom-third of the luxury compact SUV class. It's a decent SUV, but most of its classmates are better. The X4 has powerful engines and good handling, as well as above-average predicted reliability, but with cramped rear seats and an undersized cargo hold, it lacks some of the usability you expect from an SUV. Plus, it costs thousands more than most class rivals.

If you like the X4, you can get a similar vehicle for less by opting for the BMW X3. Or you can pay about the same and get the Porsche Macan, which offers tremendous performance and a more functional cabin.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "If style is a priority for your small luxury crossover SUV, the 2018 BMW X4 is certainly a strong contender. But for everybody else, we suggest checking out more capable alternatives, some of which are within BMW's own model lineup." -- Edmunds
  • "If utility is more important than making a vehicular fashion statement, the X4's sibling, the X3, is a more traditional crossover SUV that is still very fun to drive. In addition to offering more interior room, that compact BMW SUV begins about $6,000 less than the X4's roughly $46,000 starting price." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • Just as movie goers can count on Johnny Depp to put in a good turn in the next Pirates of the Caribbean installment, car enthusiasts can pretty well assume a modern BMW is going to drive well, look nice, and have an upscale interior. Still, we can't help but wish all this energy and talent were being poured into a more creative script." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
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