2018 BMW X4

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2018 BMW X4 Interior Review

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Interior: 7.5

The 2018 BMW X4 has a well-built cabin with plenty of high-quality materials. The front seats are comfortable and roomy, but the rear seats are undersized. There are many tech and driver assistance features, and the iDrive infotainment system is easy to use. The X4's cargo hold is among the smallest in the class.

  • "We encountered zero build quality issues. The X4 exhibited the high level of fitment we've come to expect from BMW. Everything about the X4 feels solid and durable." -- 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 BMW X4 seats five people. Faux leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Nevada leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, front sport seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The front seats have ample space and support. The available sport front seats provide extra bolstering. In the back, things are different. The rear seats don't have enough space for most adults, and the sloping roofline cuts into the available headroom. The step-in height may also make it tough for some passengers to climb into the vehicle.

The X4 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The anchors are easy to find and reach, and the seat cushions don't obstruct access to the lower anchors. Most car seats fit without much trouble, but rear-facing seats require the driver and front passenger to scoot forward quite a bit.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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

Standard features in the X4 include a moonroof, a USB port, the iDrive infotainment system, satellite radio, HD Radio, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and Mobile Office, which allows you to check text messages, emails, calendar events, tasks, and voice memos.

Available features include a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, a surround-view camera system, navigation, a pedestrian- and collision-warning system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display, and active park assist.

The dashboard is well-organized, and all of the controls are easy to find and reach. The iDrive infotainment system has a slight learning curve, and some functions are buried a bit too deep in menus, but it makes controlling audio and climate functions a breeze once you get the hang of it.

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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

Thanks in part to its sloping roofline, the X4 has a smaller cargo capacity than almost every other car in the class. It has just 17.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 49.4 cubic feet with them folded down.

Large or bulky items may not fit in the X4's cargo hold, and there isn't much small-item storage space throughout the cabin. On the bright side, a hands-free power liftgate is standard.

  • "There's only 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, or 49.4 cubic feet with them folded down. This is smaller than in some hatchbacks, which could spell trouble for bulkier items. Interior storage could be better, too, especially with the shallow center armrest bin." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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)
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