2020 BMW X4 M40i
2020 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
- Android Auto is not available
- No significant changes for 2020
- Part of the second X4 generation introduced for 2019
The 2020 BMW X4 is essentially a more svelte version of the brand's X3 SUV, trading function for fashion. This could be the SUV for you if you are interested in swapping some pragmatism in exchange for more style. It's a "Sport Activity Coupe," if BMW's marketing is to be believed.
The X4's fastback roofline looks cool, but its downward slope in the back erases some rear headroom and cargo space in the process. Relative to the X3, you'll also pay more for the privilege of losing those cubic feet. Fortunately, BMW has seen fit to endow the X4 with slightly sportier road manners than the X3, so there is a bit of substance to go along with the sleeker styling.
Two engines are available — both are turbocharged and linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The X4 xDrive30i uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It's suitably powerful, but the M40i, which gets a 3.0-liter six-cylinder good for 382 hp and 365 lb-ft, is a more fitting choice for the X4's sporting character.
Coupe-like luxury SUVs are increasingly popular, and you'll find top rival models in the form of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and Porsche Macan. The Mercedes is a little more luxurious than the X4, while the Macan is a little more athletic. If you're looking for a balanced blend of the two qualities, though, the X4 is a good way to go.
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.
How does the X4 drive?
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.
How comfortable is the X4?
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.
How’s the interior?
Although 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 — 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 the average SUV in this segment, though it's not too noticeable.
Visibility is pretty compromised all around and especially out the very 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.
How’s the tech?
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.
How’s the storage?
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.
How economical is the X4?
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.
Is the X4 a good value?
While other competitors offer more dazzling interior design, the X4 still makes a statement of quality with tight construction and solid controls. It's an old-school approach that still 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 good at what BMW intends it to be.
Which X4 does Edmunds recommend?
BMW X4 models
Two trims of the 2020 BMW X4 SUV are available. The xDrive30i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder offering 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The M40i is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six producing 382 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. Both are all-wheel drive and use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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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.
- Active 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
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2020 Porsche Macan
BMW X4 vs. Porsche Macan
Porsche's Macan is the performance sweetheart of the luxury compact SUV segment. But a huge part of its appeal is that its performance doesn't come with any compromise in ride quality. Though Porsche doesn't offer a coupe-like body for the Macan, the reality is that the Macan already has an abridged roofline that compromises rear headroom and cargo space. The Macan's base price is comparable to the X4's, but stripper Porsches are a rarity and the brand is notorious for its long list of costly features.
BMW X4 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe
Like the X4, the GLC Coupe is offered with turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines and makes similar compromises to rear headroom and cargo space. In fact, on paper, nearly every version of the X4 and GLC Coupe align perfectly with one another. Every version of the GLC is all-wheel-drive, but it's available with a stomping V8 good for up to 503 horsepower. And anybody considering that monster should probably take a closer look at the X4 M Competition, which produces — you guessed it — 503 hp.
BMW X4 vs. BMW X3
The X3 and the X4 offer very similar driving characteristics thanks to identical engine choices, though a rear-wheel-drive version of the X3 is available while every X4 is all-wheel-drive. Of course, the X3 offers more cargo space. Your decision largely boils down to practicality. Do you want more of that? Then go with the X3.
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What's new in the 2020 BMW X4?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW X4:
- No significant changes for 2020
- Part of the second X4 generation introduced for 2019
Is the BMW X4 reliable?
Is the 2020 BMW X4 a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW X4?
The least-expensive 2020 BMW X4 is the 2020 BMW X4 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $61,000.
Other versions include:
- M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $61,000