What Is It?
2015 BMW X4
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 BMW X4 is an all-new four-door, compact crossover vehicle. It's roughly the same size as BMW's X3 SUV, but the X4 features a sleeker, coupelike roofline to give it a sportier look. In terms of numbers, the X4 is about half an inch longer than the X3, but sits 1.5 inches lower in terms of overall height.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Production of the X4 starts at BMW's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, this spring, so expect to see it in dealers early this summer.
How Much Does It Cost?
The base price of the X4 is $46,625. That's for the 2.8i model with the standard four-cylinder, turbocharged engine. Stepping up to the larger 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine bumps the price up to $48,925.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 2.0-liter, inline turbocharged, four-cylinder, 240 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque
- 3.0-liter, inline turbocharged six-cylinder, 300 hp, 300 lb-ft of torque
- Standard eight-speed automatic transmission
- Standard all-wheel drive
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
To reinforce the X4's sporty demeanor, it's fitted with what BMW calls its Performance Control system. It uses the stability control system to direct power to the outside wheels during cornering to get the X4 turned in quicker and to improve traction.
For those looking for help in achieving better mileage, the X4 offers an Eco Pro mode and a Proactive Driving Assistant feature. The former combines features like fuel cutoff while coasting and engine shutdown while stopped, and the latter suggests the most efficient driving techniques based on the route programmed into the navigation system.
What Kind of Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Like most new BMW models, the X4 offers a vast array of electronic safety systems to help avoid accidents. The active cruise control works all the way down to stop-and-go speeds while the pedestrian collision warning system will automatically brake if its senses an impending collision. There's also a lane departure warning system and a blind spot detection system to keep you out of trouble on the highway along with a parking assistant system that will parallel-park for you.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi SQ5: Although the SQ5 shares the same basic styling as the Q5 SUV it's based on, it adds a level of performance and driver involvement that puts it in the same league as the X4.
Infiniti QX70: This is the SUV that practically invented the idea of a low-slung, sporty SUV. It comes standard with a 325-hp V6 and even offers an optional 390-hp V8.
Should You Wait for It?
If you've always liked BMW's X3 SUV but were put off by its mainstream styling, the X4 will be right up your alley. Other than slightly reduced space in back, the X4 offers the same, if not better, performance in a package that looks like nothing else on the road.