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2020 BMW X4 Review: A Perfect Blend Of Fun And Practicality

Still fresh off its redesign for 2019, the BMW X4 is feeling fresh and ready to take on all comers in the luxury compact coupe SUV realm in the US. The new X4 Coupe is a marvel of engineering, offering excellent performance and handling, while still maintaining quite a lot of the practicality that comes from the standard SUV platform. But we'd be remiss if we didn't point out that the M40i gets a slight boost in power this year, putting 382 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque at your fingertips. Coupled with the model's impressive driving dynamics, it's no wonder that buyers who prize fun and performance in their everyday commuter look to BMW for the answer. Competing with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe, the X4 manages to provide better practicality with its slightly larger trunk, but it's a far cry from what you'd get in non-coupe crossovers. Also, the GLC is a bit plusher inside with more standard tech features. But, buyers can have everything their hearts desire in the X4, for a price well above the starting $51,100. If nothing we've said has discouraged you yet, then the BMW X4 may be the perfect combination of fun and practicality that you're looking for.

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2020 BMW X4 Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2019 X4?

As an all-new design for 2019, the 2020 BMW X4 doesn't see many changes being made. Perhaps the most significant, though, is the boost in power for the available six-cylinder engine. Last year, the engine under the hood of the M40i produced 355 hp and 365 lb-ft, but this has been increased to 382 hp for 2020. Other improvements include the addition of Comfort access and built-in navigation as standard features across the range.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful engine line-up
  • Capable and enjoyable driver
  • Stylish and attractive interior
  • Plenty of available tech and safety features
  • Competitive fuel economy
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Rear seats aren't overly spacious
  • Price climbs alarmingly quickly when customizing
  • Questionable styling choices

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2020 BMW X4 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
xDrive30i
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$51,100
M40i
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$61,000
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2020 X4 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 187.5 in
  • Wheelbase 112.8 in
  • Height 63.8 in
  • Max Width 75.5 in
  • Front Width 63.8 in
  • Rear Width 65.6 in
  • Curb Weight 4,147.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Mineral White Metallic +$550
  • Dark Olive Metallic +$550
  • Carbon Black Metallic +$550
  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$550
  • Glacier Silver Metallic +$550
  • Dark Graphite Metallic +$550
  • Flamenco Red Metallic +$550
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic +$550
  • Sunstone Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,950
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

2020 X4 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    AWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Regardless of the model you go for, the BMW X4 is a crossover that's more than competent on the road. The M40i is a bit more impressive, though, with its more powerful engine and improved handling from the M-Performance upgrades, which include the suspension and brakes.

Test drive it around town, and the crossover feels relaxed and smooth, especially when set to Comfort mode. The steering is light, making tight maneuvers easier so you'll never miss that prime parking spot, assuming you can squeeze into it. But that doesn't mean you can't have some fun. Switch to Sport mode, and you get tighter steering with a bit more heft, inspiring confidence as you take sharp turns at speed.

The standard suspension handles body motion just fine, but it's the M Sport suspension that will really wow driving enthusiasts, even if it does sacrifice the adaptive dampers for improved handling. The X4 handles its heft remarkably well, with an almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Taking corners, the bulky body rolls a lot less than you'd expect, and the SUV never loses its composure.

Not all compact crossovers are designed to deliver a fun and engaging driving experience, but the X4 definitely is. It doesn't sacrifice comfort or luxury, though. The ride is comfortable and cushy, although you'll want to stick to Comfort mode if this is a priority for you. Road and wind noise can be heard when rocketing along the highway, but the cabin dampens both well, and mutes them completely at lower speeds.

2020 X4 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.7 in
  • Front Head Room 39.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 35.5 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.2 in

2020 X4 Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 X4 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the BMW X4 A Good car?

The simple answer is yes; the BMW X4 is a good SUV. But, it's not all rainbows and unicorns. As capable as it is, the stylish crossover coupe has its strengths and weaknesses.

Regardless of the trim you choose, the X4 comes with a capable engine paired with a smooth and refined transmission that directs power to all four wheels. Naturally, those who want the most engaging driving experience will be looking at the six-cylinder under the hood of the M40i, which comes coupled with M-Performance upgrades to ensure you get the biggest thrill from this sporty SUV.

With similar curb appeal, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe offers similarly powerful engines, either a 255-hp four-cylinder or a 385-hp V6, but it doesn't quite match the handling and athleticism of its German kinsman. And while the Merc may be a bit prettier and plusher inside, the X4 is more spacious, offering a few extra cubes of storage capacity. However, coupe-style crossovers aren't designed for utility, so the X4 falls far behind the norm when compared with standard crossovers like the X3. It also asks for enormous capital investment, being on the more expensive end of the luxury SUV segment, commanding an additional premium for the sake of perceived style.

But those who value style and performance above all else won't be intimidated by a large price tag. Although, they may be happy to hear that the BMW offers pretty competitive fuel economy, at 23/28/25 mpg for the base model. However, that's premium fuel you'll be burning, so be ready to pay up.

Overall, there are better SUVs in the USA in terms of pure practicality and value. BMW offers well-appointed models, but it expects you to tack on quite a few upgrades to get the best performance and comfort, which quickly adds up. If you have the cash to spare and want a crossover that can thrill you on your own while still carrying your family in safety to and from school, the BMW X4 is certainly worth a gander.

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2020 BMW X4 Comparisons

BMW X6 BMW
BMW X3 BMW
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
BMW X4248 hp21/28 mpg$53,400
BMW X6 335 hp21/25 mpg$70,100
BMW X3 248 hp23/29 mpg$45,400

2020 BMW X4 vs BMW X6

The coupe variant of the larger BMW X5, the X6 naturally boasts the improvements you'd expect from a vehicle a slot higher in the stable. For starters, it costs significantly more in comparison to the X4 starting at $64,300. But, for this investment, you get a more upscale cabin that comes upholstered in Vernasca leather as standard, but if you're expecting more passenger room than the X4 offers, you'll be disappointed. Still, those passengers will be far more comfortable, and safer, thanks to the X6's more comprehensive safety suite, which includes pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. The trunk gets a significant boost over the X4, too, offering 27.4 cubic feet of room, but it's still quite a bit less than the non-coupe X5. Naturally, the bigger and heavier X6 gets a stronger engine line-up with either a 335-hp turbo six-cylinder or a 535-hp turbo V8, so it will get going a little quicker than its smaller cousin. It's just as fun to drive, but some might prefer the extra dexterity that comes with a smaller body, especially around town. Overall, the X6 is the more premium choice, if that's what you're going for, and buyers in this segment won't care that it can easily cost 50% more than the X4.

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2020 BMW X4 vs BMW X3

As the foundation of the X4, the BMW X3 offers much the same in terms of tech and features. It gets the same engine options, but also offers a rear-wheel drivetrain where its sibling adamantly sticks to all-wheel-drive only. The lack of a coupe-style roof also means that the X3 can boast more comfortable passenger accommodations and significantly more cargo capacity of 29 cubic feet behind the rear seats. But, while it may not look as impressive as the stylish X4, the X3 is just as capable, easily matching the performance figures of its coupe variant. It also offers all this at a significantly lower price - $41,950 for the base sDrive30i. In this case, beauty is pain, for both your wallet and overall practicality. The X4 looks like the more fun ride, but both SUVs are eminently capable, and the X3 is certainly better value for money.

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