2021 BMW X4

MSRP range: $51,600 - $61,700
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MSRP$58,485
Edmunds suggests you pay$53,742

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2021 BMW X4 Review

  • Both available engines are smooth, powerful and fuel-efficient
  • Easy personalization thanks to abundant standard and optional features
  • Impressive handling for an SUV
  • Sloping roofline compromises rear headroom and cargo space
  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the second X4 generation introduced for 2019

Nearly 15 years ago, BMW introduced the X6. Basically an X5 SUV with a sharper roofline and redacted utility, the X6 proved so popular that it essentially created an entire segment of so-called SUV coupes. Not one to miss an opportunity for further niche development, BMW followed it up with the X3-derived X4.

From behind the wheel, the 2021 X4 doesn't feel all that different from the X3. Other than a slimmed-down list of powertrains (no plug-in hybrid for the X4), the features, options and general driving dynamics are the same. You do sacrifice cargo space and rear headroom, but it's hard to put a price on style. Is the X4 right for you, or would you be better off with a Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe or Porsche Macan? Read our Expert Rating below to help you decide.

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Thanks to its sleek fastback-style roof, the X4 will appeal to shoppers who think the related X3 is too dull and predictable. You lose some utility in the process, and you have to pay more compared to the X3, but overall the X4 succeeds in its mission to be a stylish and sporty SUV.
We tested the xDrive30i. It doesn't sprint off the line with a whole lot of verve, but once you're rolling there's plenty of zip. Our four-cylinder test car didn't break any records on its way to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds, but we like the eight-speed transmission's responsiveness.

The X4's brakes react quickly and are smooth and easy to use in regular driving, but handling is its biggest strength. With its standard M Sport suspension (the regular suspension is a no-cost option), our X4 test car felt solid and composed through quick corners and curves. The steering loads up well in Sport mode during curves. It's well weighted but still sharp and accurate, inspiring confidence when breezing through twistier sections of road.
The X4's seats are firm, supportive and great for long stints behind the wheel. Multiple adjustments for the front seats include thigh extenders and inflatable side bolsters, ensuring a good fit for most body types.

While the X4's ride is taut, it shrugs off rough roads reasonably well. It's also pretty quiet. There's a touch of wind noise, but the smooth ride, zesty engine and hushed interior make it easy to drive the X4 deceptively fast. It's easy to exceed the speed limit without realizing it.
It's a bit treacherous for rear passengers to get in and out — the swooping roofline is all too eager to knock your noggin on the way in if you're not paying attention — but there's a sufficient amount of room in back once you're seated. The rear seat cushions are low and flat, which helps reclaim some headroom lost to the roofline. There's a bit less legroom than in the average SUV in this segment, though it's not too noticeable.

Visibility is pretty compromised all around and especially out the narrow back window, which is more decorative than it is useful. A nice hi-res backup camera helps here for low-speed maneuvering and parking, but you'll definitely want to make the most of the X4's blind-spot monitoring system on the highway or around town.
The combination of touchscreen and dial controls makes exploring infotainment menus a breeze. The nav system is easy to use and the graphics are tack-sharp, although voice commands offer limited usefulness. Apple CarPlay is included, but so far BMW has not added Android Auto smartphone integration to the X4.

The X4's included driver assistance systems are nice, but unfortunately they don't include blind-spot monitoring, which should be standard given this car's limited visibility.
Some overall cargo space is lost because of the sloping roofline (compared to the X3), but there's still a decent amount of room as well as additional flexibility with the 40/20/40-split folding rear seats. Our test car also came equipped with sliding cargo rails and tie-downs. Multiple levers release the rear seats to fold down automatically.

Plenty of interior storage helps with keeping phones and personal items close at hand. Child seats, even large ones, will fit pretty easily, although securing the top tethers requires removing the cargo cover first.
The EPA estimates the xDrive30i gets 25 mpg combined, which is a bit better than other four-cylinder luxury SUVs. On our 115-mile mixed driving evaluation route, our test vehicle returned 23 mpg.
Other competitors offer more dazzling interior design, but the X4 still makes a statement of quality with tight construction and solid controls. It's an old-school approach that looks good. The X4 is priced competitively with its German peers, and its warranty and ownership experience hew closely to coverage offered by the others.
Although it looks faster and sportier than it is, the X4 offers enough BMW handling goodness and ride comfort to make spirited drives a good time. The X4's shape is recognizable and has enough style to turn heads in the valet line. It's a niche offering but it excels at what BMW intends it to be.

Which X4 does Edmunds recommend?

The base xDrive30i is reasonably powerful, but we suggest stepping up the M40i. BMW's turbocharged inline-sixes are potent and buttery smooth. It's a better fit considering the X4's sharper styling.

BMW X4 models

The 2021 BMW X4 is available in two trim levels: xDrive30i and M40i. A high-performance variant — the X4 M — is reviewed separately. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are standard on both trims.

xDrive30i
Standard feature highlights include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Sport suspension
  • LED headlights
  • Power-folding and heated side mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Driver aids include:

  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot monitoring (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

Notable options on the xDrive30i include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Driver Assistance Professional package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the X4 and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping assist (steers the X4 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
    • Front cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is about to cross the X4's path while you're moving forward)
  • M Sport package
    • Different 19-inch wheels
    • Revised front and rear fascias
    • M steering wheel
  • Premium package
    • Heated front seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line on the windshield)
    • Gesture controls
    • Wireless charging pad
    • In-car Wi-Fi
    • Keyless entry
  • Executive package
    • Includes Premium package features
    • Parallel parking assist
    • Parking sensors
    • Surround-view camera (gives you a top-down view of the X4 and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
    • Ambient interior lighting
    • Upgraded leather upholstery
    • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)
  • Dynamic Handling package
    • Adaptive suspension (can adjust to improve ride quality and handling stability)
    • More powerful brakes

M40i
The sportier M40i swaps in a turbocharged six-cylinder engine (382 hp and 368 lb-ft). It also comes with:

  • Dynamic Handling package
  • M Sport package
  • Keyless entry
  • Upgraded front seats
  • Wireless device charging
  • Parking sensors

The Premium and Executive packages are also optional for the M40i.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 BMW X4.

Average user rating: 3.3 stars
3 total reviews
5 star reviews: 0%
4 star reviews: 67%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 33%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4/5 stars, Fun to Drive
NYRIZ,
M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
The ride is smooth. However in sport plus on regular streets will snap you back a bit. The exterior styling is great and you will get looks and comments. Not a true M Car but the M40i makes more sense for a daily driver. X4 M40i and X4M 0-60 times are too close to justify paying $10,000 more for the privilege of driving an M car
4/5 stars, Surprisingly Muscular sports suv
Carlos martinez,
M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Stong Engine sound that reveals the power underneath its hood. This may not be the most desired sound for the luxury quiet car lovers. Ever time I turn on the car, heads turn and wonder. Imptressive
2/5 stars, Bouncy Tin Can
Stephen Johnson,
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
What a rough riding vehicle! You feel every small imperfection in the road. If you hit a pothole, it’ll rattle the fillings in your teeth.

2021 BMW X4 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] CARLOS LAGO: That right there is the new 2019 BMW X4. It's a slightly more premium, slightly more sporty variant of the X3 that has a slope down roof. Kind of like the BMW X6. We're gonna drive it for the first time today. [MUSIC PLAYING] From the driver's seat, unsurprisingly, the X4 drives similarly to the X3. And I'm actually happy to get to talk about that because I went to Portugal to drive the X3 and film a video on it, and I got the flu immediately after landing. So no video. But I've since reviewed that vehicle and driving this car for the first time, and the similarities are very easy to spot. The dash looks identical. Forward visibility is excellent. You get the same powerful 6 cylinder engine and this model, which is the M40i. Of the two, this is the M40i, which is the top version. Beneath that, is an xDrive30i. The xDrive30i comes with a two liter turbocharged 4 cylinder, about 250 horsepower, or so. And this M40i has a turbocharged straight 6 with 355 horsepower and about 365 pound feet of torque. So acceleration in this is not a problem. BMW's never had a problem making powerful engines that feel good. This one revs all the way to 6500 RPM and sounds good in the process. So it's a very satisfactory driving experience. The nicely weighted and easy to grab onto steering wheel feels good in your hands. There's good detents in the rim that make you want to grab the wheel at the right position. The throttle response is pretty solid for a turbocharged engine, especially one with an 8 speed transmission. If I dial it into one of the various sport modes, it even gets a little louder and it will crackle the be exhaust when I make downshifts. Take a listen to this. [ENGINE REVVING] That's a good sound. And speaking of crazy performance things that you don't expect in this kind of vehicle, we've got launch control. And that will get this M40i model to 60 miles an hour, according to BMW, in just over 4 and a half seconds. There's no arguments about how fast this car could be in a straight line. And when it comes to handling, it does that job pretty well too. There's no getting around that it's an SUV, that it rides taller, that it weighs a fair amount as well. But still, the satisfying parts of driving quickly, how the car responds when you go into a corner, how it feels when you accelerate out-- all those elements are tied together very nicely. And that's important because that's kind of what you'd expect from BMW. The X4 aspires to be a sportier version of the X3. To that end, they've extended the rear track width on this over an inch-- 1.2 inches. And that seems like a small amount, but it actually is kind of a major deal. They've done this because, you know, it looked good, which doesn't hurt. And too, it also makes the car a little bit more nimble. And that's something you may not notice when you're driving in the commute stop and go traffic. But it may influence other elements, like if you decide to go up a winding road, or take a freeway off ramp or on ramp at a good clip. All these X4 models come with the sport suspension that makes it ride a little bit more firmly than the standard car, and adaptive damping is optional. The version that we're driving, like I mentioned, is an X40i. But it's outfitted and kitted out with all the doodads and accessories, if you couldn't tell by this beautiful red leather. Now, all the X4's come standard with a large entertainment display, but the head-up display is optional, but this one has it. It looks attractive. What I like about this new generation of X3 and X4 is this large digital gauge cluster. It's interesting because it's definitely a digital screen, but they've worked in that surrounds of the gauges. Those are actual fixed elements. You can reach out and touch them, even though the screen behind them can change to whatever. We've also got some sportier seats in this. They have a little bit more aggressive side bolstering. And that's to make you, you know, help you sit in place. Now, let's talk about the rear hatch. The rear window is a lot smaller than it is on the X3. And the rear headrests impinge upon the visibility as well. We have tall side view mirrors, which help. And we have a suite of safety equipment, including rear view camera, top view camera, all of that stuff as well. Well, visibility could be a concern to some people who are more sensitive to that than not. This X4, which is outfitted with all the sporty elements, does the sporty driving stuff right, which is exactly what you'd hope. But let's talk about what happens to the back seat. [MUSIC PLAYING] Now, the story with the last generation BMW X4 was that it compromised so much interior space because of the way this roofline went down, that it really didn't seem to be that much worthwhile stepping to it over in X3 because the compromises were so great. Now because this generation X3 and consequently, this generation X4 are so much bigger than those vehicles, there are still compromises, but the space remains pretty usable. I gotta say. As I slither over to this seat here, I find that if I sit behind the driver's seat where I was sitting last-- if I sit behind myself, I have plenty of leg room, plenty of shoulder room. Although, my hair is just about brushing the roof. If you have any taller passengers, taller than 5'10" or passengers with big torsos, their heads might be in the roof. And this center seat here has a pretty firm backrest. So you can get four adults in this car total, but you probably want to keep the center space for the little ones. Cargo space is a lot less than the X3, but the cargo area is pretty usable. You can flip down this backseat and use this entire loading area to put your stuff. [MUSIC PLAYING] The X4 is a very nice driving and interesting looking vehicle. The question is, who's buying it? It's more expensive than an X3 and offers less utility. And utility is the second word that makes up the acronym, SUV. So from a logic perspective, it's kind of a head scratcher. That's what it's always been. I think the real draw is that this is something that will be sold in small numbers, that looks different, that has a sportier edge to it, and that alone is enough for shoppers who are looking for something a little bit more unique and something that stands out a bit more than your normal luxury compact SUV. We'll be sure to do a deeper test on this once we get it back at our office. But for now, the impression is this thing drives well. And the people who are remotely interested in the way this looks should check it out. If you like what you saw, keep it tuned right here and be sure to visit edmunds.com. [MUSIC PLAYING]

The 2019 BMW X4 Isn't for Everybody -- And That's the Point

NOTE: This video is about the 2019 BMW X4, but since the 2021 BMW X4 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$51,600
MPG & Fuel
23 City / 29 Hwy / 25 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.2 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 248 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 187.5 in. / Height: 63.8 in. / Width: 75.5 in.
Curb Weight: 4138 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 18.5 cu.ft.
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite X4 safety features:

BMW Assist eCall
Automatically calls for help in the event of a collision and allows passengers to notify roadside assistance with a single button.
Blind-Spot Detection
Warns with visual alerts or vibration through the steering wheel if there is a vehicle in or approaching your blind spot.
Forward Collision Warning
Alerts you if the system detects a possible front collision and automatically applies the brakes if you don't react in time.

BMW X4 vs. the competition

2021 BMW X4

2021 BMW X4

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe

BMW X4 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe

The Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is the X4's most direct rival. Both are stylish takes on more traditional luxury SUVs, sacrificing a bit of utility in favor of sleeker styling. Pricing, performance and features stack up evenly too, with powerful AMG variants aimed squarely at BMW's M-tuned models. Overall, these two SUVs are evenly matched.

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BMW X4 vs. Porsche Macan

As you might expect from any vehicle wearing a Porsche emblem, the Macan is the most sporty and athletic SUV in its class. No matter the trim or engine, the Macan feels quick and lively on the road, and not just for an SUV. It offers less cargo and passenger space than the X4, and it lacks many of the BMW's standard features. Tacking on options quickly sends the price skyward.

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BMW X4 vs. BMW X3

Think of the X3 as an X4 without the sloped roofline. The traditional SUV shape gives the X3 more rear headroom and cargo space. Its base price is lower than the X4's, and that trend holds if you compare two equal trim levels. The X3 is also available as a plug-in hybrid. The two drive and handle about the same. Really, you're choosing whether or not to sacrifice utility for styling.

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FAQ

Is the BMW X4 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 X4 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.5 out of 10. You probably care about BMW X4 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the X4 gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the X4 has 18.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW X4. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 BMW X4?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW X4:

  • No significant changes for 2021
  • Part of the second X4 generation introduced for 2019
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Is the BMW X4 reliable?

To determine whether the BMW X4 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the X4. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the X4's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 BMW X4 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW X4 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 X4 and gave it a 7.5 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 X4 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW X4?

The least-expensive 2021 BMW X4 is the 2021 BMW X4 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $51,600.

Other versions include:

  • M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $61,700
  • xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $51,600
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What are the different models of BMW X4?

If you're interested in the BMW X4, the next question is, which X4 model is right for you? X4 variants include M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of X4 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 BMW X4

2021 BMW X4 Overview

The 2021 BMW X4 is offered in the following submodels: X4 SUV, X4 M40i. Available styles include M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2021 BMW X4?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW X4 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 X4 3.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 X4.

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Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 BMW X4 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 X4 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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2021 BMW X4 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW X4 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $58,485. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X4 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,743 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,743 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $53,742.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW X4 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is 8.1% below the MSRP.

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2021 BMW X4 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2021 BMW X4 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $68,270. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW X4 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,084 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,084 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $63,186.

The average savings for the 2021 BMW X4 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 7.4% below the MSRP.

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