New for 2015The BMW X4 is an all-new model for the 2015 model year.
Vehicle OverviewThe 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.
SummaryThe 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 ThinkThe 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.
- 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
- Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
- Porsche Macan
- BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe