BMW's 2017 X4 is a member of that emerging class of crossover SUVs that don't want to be crossover SUVs. It rides high like a crossover. The seating position is upright for better visibility as in a crossover. And, like a proper crossover, it's available with all-wheel drive. What it's lacking is all the utility you expect in a crossover.
BMW practically invented this new micro-niche within the macro-niche market for crossovers when it introduced the X6 for the 2008 model year. The X6, to oversimplify only very slightly, is an X5 that's had the rear part of its roof chopped off in favor of a fastback. Cargo capacity? That's gone. Headroom? Compromised.
What the X6 is to the large X5, the X4 is to the smaller X3 crossover. As a concept, it's a leap beyond the SUV. It's a sport-utility vehicle shorn of that pesky "utility" part. BMW calls it a "sports activity vehicle." So whatever. And, hey, it does look pretty good.
The most basic X4 is the X4 xDrive28i powered by BMW's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower and backed by BMW's eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting ability. It feeds the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Loitering in the ether above the "normal" X4 is the new X4 M40i that comes with a layer of awesome applied by BMW's in-house tuning shop, M. Replacing the X4 xDrive35i, the M40i uses a fortified version, the turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six rated a thumper-spec 355 horsepower. That's 55 more horses than were available in the xDrive35i and it almost makes the X4 seem, in a twisted way, logical. Think a 0-60 mph time in 4.5 seconds or less. That's starship acceleration. Though it would be nice if this starship had better outward visibility and the rear seat passengers had some additional noggin space.
Fuel economy is almost beside the point with the X4, but "almost" is a big word that leaves plenty of wiggle room. So the EPA rates the X4 xDrive28i at 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway). Despite its additional 115 hp, the fuel economy of the X4 M40i is close behind at 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway).
BMW's options lists are long and can get pricey. So before indulging, it pays to do some research. Or there may be an X4 in dealer inventory that's perfect for you, if you know where to look. Edmunds is here to help you with both needs. So use all the tools on this site and call us if that isn't enough.
2017 BMW X4 Overview
The 2017 BMW X4 is offered in the following submodels: SUV, M40i. Available styles include M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A). X4 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 X4 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 X4 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Vehicle xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Review As a previous BMW owner (3 series X-drive diesel), I was familiar with the brand but wanted to get something that had a different style to it...thus I went with the X4 and boy I wasn't disappointed. Yes, I've read the reviews of not alot of cargo space compared to the X3 and reduced visibility because of the way the rear end is sloped but so far neither of those items are concerns for me. Cargo area is fine for grocery & mall shopping; it's not like I'm purchasing a 50 flat screen tv everyday. Rear visibility is good; just use your mirrors. But I did add the Driver Assist Plus package which gives me a bit more confidence in driving. BMW's X-drive is very nice as it controls power to all 4 wheels and keeps the vehicle stable and in control during rain, snow, and icy conditions. Overall I'm very happy with my lease and when it's time to make another choice, I'll be hard pressed to go back to a sedan or get another X4.
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2017 bmw x4 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 21 combined MPG 19 city MPG/26 highway MPG
2017 bmw x4 xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 23 combined MPG 20 city MPG/27 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 BMW X4?
Available BMW X4 2017 Submodel Types: SUV, M40i
Available BMW X4 2017 Trims: xDrive28i, M40i, xDrive35i
Exterior Colors: Alpine White, Jet Black, Dark Graphite Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Deep Sea Blue Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Sparkling Brown Metallic, Long Beach Blue Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic
Interior Colors: Black Nevada w/Gray Contrast Stitching premium leather, Black Nevada premium leather, Saddle Brown Nevada premium leather, Black SensaTec leatherette, Oyster Nevada premium leather, Beige SensaTec leatherette, Mocha Nevada w/Orange Contrast Stitching premium leather, Sand Beige/Black Nevada premium leather
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, Back-up camera, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Heated seats, Navigation, Leather Seats, Keyless Entry/Start, Blind Spot Monitoring, Heads up display, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Lane Departure Warning, 360-degree camera, Pre-collision safety system, Mobile Internet, Adaptive Cruise Control, Upgraded Stereo
Engine/Mechanics: 4, 6 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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