2015 BMW X4

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Hollywood loves a good franchise. The Avengers, Transformers, Fast and Furious, Spiderman, X-men, etc. It’s hard to argue with the logic behind them. Why risk a fortune on a new story and an unknown cast when you already have a proven commodity? BMW operates in much the same way these days. Sure, it’s bankrolling a few fascinating Indie projects, like the i3 and i8, but most of the automaker’s expansion comes from a few profitable body styles. This summer’s blockbuster with a familiar theme is the 2015 BMW X4.
The 2015 BMW X4 is a crossover coupe aimed, as always, at “young individualists.” It expands the theme of the BMW X6 into the fast-growing midsize crossover segment. It’s 7.7 inches shorter and 2.6 inches lower than the X6 but has the same hulking presence. The roofline, sweeping back dramatically over the rear doors, also apes the X6. Its front fascia is what most clearly sets it apart from its big brother, as familiar BMW features have been pinched into a sort of Angry Bird face.
The 2015 BMW X4 makes the same deal with the devil as do all coupe-like crossovers: you’ll need to rely on the backup camera (which costs $700 extra) to see what’s behind you, and the interior isn’t very spacious relative to the vehicle’s size. We feel obligated to note that the lighter and cheaper 3-series wagon offers more rear headroom and more cargo room with the seats folded down. Yet there’s no denying that the X4 is a handsome brute—brawny and sleek all at once. Where other automakers have tried and failed (see: Acura ZDX), BMW succeeds again.
Just as the X6 derives from the X5, so the 2015 BMW X4 shares its mechanical bits with the X3. The base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 3.0-liter turbo six is optional. No diesel will be offered in the United States. The 300-hp inline-six in our xDrive35i test car is, as ever, smooth perfection, humming happily up to redline before the eight-speed automatic rips off a lightning-quick shift. Suspension tuning differs very little from the X3, as BMW (rightly) decided the crossover’s ride is stiff enough. Our test car, equipped with adjustable dampers, leaned very little as we drove through northern Spain at speeds comparable to what we’d done the day before in the smaller 4-series Gran Coupe. All-wheel drive comes standard on the X4, but it doesn’t incorporate the torque-vectoring rear-differential that affords the X6 its magical cornering capabilities. The crossover thus can’t hide its bulk on a winding road. The heavy steering probably intends to feel sporty but in fact amplifies the impression of mass.
Mind you, this handling and steering we’re complaining about is better than what you’ll find in the vast majority of crossovers and cars alike. This consistent BMW goodness, which also pervades the high-quality and ergonomically friendly interior, is ultimately what makes all this model proliferation acceptable. 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.

2015 BMW X4

On Sale: June
Base Price: $45,625
Price As Tested: $61,275
Engines: 2.0L turbo I-4, 240 hp at 5000 to 6500 rpm, 258 lb-ft at 1450 to 4800; 3.0L I-6, 300 hp at 5800 to 6000, 300 lb-ft at 1200 to 5000
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Cargo capacity (seats up/down): 17.7/49.4 cu ft
Fuel economy (city/highway): 19-21/ 26-28 mpg (est.)
2015 BMW X4
2015 BMW X4

New for 2015

The BMW X4 is an all-new model for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Overview

The BMW X4, called a sport activity coupe by the automaker, is a coupe-like four-door crossover that features a sloping roof and more aggressive styling than the X3 on which it is based. The X4 doesn't sacrifice much cargo space or headroom compared to the X3. The X4 is a smaller version of the X5-based X6 coupe-like four-door crossover, and fits in price above the X3 and below the X5.


The 2015 BMW X4 borrows two all-wheel-drive powertrains from the X3 on which it's based and loses some cargo capacity and headroom, but makes up for it with style. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 240 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is good for an EPA-estimated 20/28 mpg (city/highway). The available engine is a 300-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 that makes 300 lb-ft of torque, and betters the EPA-rating of a similar X3 by one mpg on the highway, with a rating of 19/27 mpg.
BMW's first venture into the coupe-like four-door crossover segment was with the X5-based X6. Years after that model originally debuted, the X3-based X4 has arrived at a lower price point (MSRP starts in the mid-$40,000 range). Notable features include a power rear tailgate (that can be opened by waving a foot underneath the rear bumper), a Harman Kardon premium audio system, adaptive HID headlights, adaptive cruise control that can stop and accelerate the SUV in traffic, lane departure warning, active blind spot detection, surround view cameras, an available full-LED headlight option, and a full-color head-up display.
The BMW X4 has not been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 BMW X4, like any coupe-like four door, suffers from certain compromises. In a Driven Review of a 2015 BMW X4 xDrive35i, we noted that it, “makes the same deal with the devil as do all coupe-like crossovers: you’ll need to rely on the backup camera (which costs $700 extra) to see what’s behind you, and the interior isn’t very spacious relative to the vehicle’s size.” Even so, the expanding number of coupe-like four door models (Audi A7, BMW's own Gran Coupe models, the Mercedes Benz CLS, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe) suggest these types of vehicles are here to stay.
The X4 keeps the handling and performance of the X3, thankfully without making the suspension stiffer than it already is, and turns a number of options from the X3 into standard equipment. At $45,650 including destination to start for an X4 xDrive28i, the X4 occupies an interesting place, about $2,000 more than the slightly 428i xDrive Gran Coupe four-door hatchback and $3,000 more than the 328i xDrive wagon. If you absolutely detest wagons, can't convince a significant other to get a crossover (X3), need four doors, and think a 428i Gran Coupe is too common and an X6 too big, then the X4 might be for you. The X4 won't please everyone, but perhaps those few will be enough for the German automaker with the ever-expanding lineup.
You’ll Like
  • Styling, if “coupe-like” sloping roofs are your thing
  • Sportier than an X3
  • Surprisingly roomy for a form-over-function vehicle
You Won’t Like
  • Less useful, and more expensive, than a wagon
  • Doesn't get the X3's diesel option
  • Too niche for most
Key Competitors
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • Porsche Macan
  • BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe


2015 BMW X4 Front Three Quarters
If there's one proven way for BMW to juice sales and expand its reach into yet another vehicular niche, it's by creating a pricier, coupelike version of an existing car. The BMW X5 begat the X6, the 6 Series coupe and 5 Series sedan begat the 6 Series Gran Coupe, and recently the 3 Series sedan/4 Series coupe birthed the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Now it's time for the X3 crossover to go under the chopping block, resulting in the 2015 BMW X4 that debuts at the 2014 New York auto show.

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2015 BMW X4 Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
20 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
240 hp @ 5000rpm
260 ft lb of torque @ 1250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2015 X3 and X4 Sports Activity Vehicles manufactured July 28, 2014 to July 29, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been produced with a driver's side exterior rearview mirror that was designed to meet non-US market requirements. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 111, "Rearview Mirrors."
The driver may not notice that vehicles viewed in the mirror are closer than they appear, increasing the risk of a crash.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's side exterior rearview mirror, free of charge. The recall began on December 16, 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417 or CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
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