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Willis Kuelthau
Automotive Editor - April 20, 2018


Fully revised for 2019, the BMW X4 builds on the previous generation’s success. The X4 a little more style-oriented than its utilitarian brethren X3, but it’s still one of the most tempting and well-built luxury crossovers on the market.

What's New for 2019

The new X4 is redesigned in almost all aspects. It’s longer and wider than the previous generation, with a lower center of gravity. Rear passengers gain an inch of legroom, and the sport seats have been redesigned. The standard moonroof is larger as well. Technology wise, all 2019 X4s boast a larger touchscreen display, an upgraded heads-up display for the driver, and a new lineup of safety tech.


Choosing Your BMW X4

The X4 is lavish from the get-go, as you’d expect from a luxury marque like BMW. A 10.3-inch infotainment display is standard, complete with navigation. The moonroof is standard, as are 19-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and cornering LED headlights. On the interior is an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a rearview camera, and various seat and climate control memory settings. BMW is also proud of its new standard safety features, which include collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, speed limit information, and various pre- and post-crash safety systems. All-wheel drive is standard on all models.

The chief difference between the X3 and X4 is in the rear, where the X4 features the sloping roof of a classic coupe shape. It’s part of the growing market for heavily styled crossovers, but it does cut into cargo capacity—there’s only 18.5 cubic feet behind the seats, and just 50.5 with the rear seats down.

BMW offers both “Tiers” and “Packages,” both of which function like regular packages do for other brands. At launch, buyers will have their choice between two X4s, each with their own choice of engine: the xDrive30i and the M40i.


The base model is the X4 xDrive30i, which starts at $51,445 after a $995 destination fee. It houses a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine producing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates mileage at 22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 25 combined.

There are three tiers available on the xDrive30i. The Convenience tier costs $1,000 and adds keyless entry, lumbar support, and a one-year subscription to XM radio. For $2,600, a Premium tier includes all Convenience features plus heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a heads-up display, and gesture control. And for $5,550, the Executive tier adds all of the above as well as surround-view cameras, automatic high beams, parking assistance, adaptive LED lighting, and a dynamic instrument display.

Packages focus on extra driver technology. A Driving Assistance package adds safety tech including lane departure warnings and additional pedestrian protection for $500. An additional $1,700 gets the Driving Assistance Plus, which includes adaptive cruise control and upgraded collision mitigation. Finally, a Parking Assistance package adds distance control warnings for $700 (though you have to upgrade to the Convenience Tier to unlock it).

Standalone options cover the rest of customization. 20-inch wheels are an option for $950, and leather seats (upgraded from BMW’s “leatherette”) will add $1,700. The heated steering wheel is available on its own for $190, as are the heated front seats for $500. Wireless charging and a WiFi hotspot come bundled for $400. An upgraded sound system adds $875, and active cruise control is $1,200.


BMW’s sportier trim starts at $54,445. The big-ticket item is the engine, which is a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder unit with 355 hp and 365 lb-ft. Mileage drops to 20/27/23, but 0-60 times drop as well. The M40i also comes with performance goodies like larger brakes, electronically adjustable suspension, and a rear-biased version of the all-wheel drive system.

The Premium tier includes the same features as it does on the xDrive30i, but here it only costs $1,600. The Executive tier sees a similar price drop to $2,850. All the tech packages remain the same in both features and price.

The M40i also opens up a couple options like fancy 20-inch wheel designs (still $950) or contrast stitching in the leather seats (still $1,700). Standalone options remain the same, with the exception of a new M-Sport exhaust system for $350.

CarsDirect Tip

The X4 comes ever-closer to bringing sports-car dynamics to a crossover package, but it’s still best in basic form. Spec the well-equipped xDrive30i with the features you need and enjoy it as a stylish alternative to more mainstream options.

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