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2020 xDrive30i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe
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Price:   -  From $51,100
2020 M40i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Coupe Price:   -  From $61,000
2020 X4 M Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $73,400
2020 X4 M Competition 4dr All-wheel Drive Sport Utility Price:   -  From $80,400


Fresh off last year's total redesign, the 2020 BMW X4 sees minimal changes for 2020. The navigation system gets a few updates, and a CD player is no longer offered. Any significant revisions are at least two years away.


Choosing Your BMW X4

BMW offers the X4 in two trim levels: xDrive30i and M40i. Pricing starts at $52,095 including destination for the 30i and climbs to $61,995 for the M40i.

Engine Choices

The 30i carries a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the M40i gets a twin-turbo six-cylinder. The X4 is on the sporty end of the compact luxury SUV class even with the base engine, but the M40i's motor is altogether more serious about performance and offers the thrill of a sports car for those who want it

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorque0-60 mph TimeFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder248 hp258 lb-ft6.0 seconds25 mpg
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder382 hp365 lb-ft4.4 seconds23 mpg

Every X4 comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The M40i also comes with paddle shifters and launch control.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The X4 seats up to five with reasonably good comfort in back. The penalty for the X4's swoopy design is relegated to the cargo area, which measures 18.5 cubic feet behind the rear seat, or 50.5 cubic feet with it folded. This makes the X4 more like a hatchback than a utility vehicle in terms of versatility.


Safety Features

The X4 comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, daytime pedestrian detection, and front and rear parking sensors.

Buyers can add blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert through the $500 Driving Assistance Package. Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and front cross-traffic alert require the $1,700 Driving Assistance Plus Package.


The X4 comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, two USB ports, 32 GB of media storage, and one-year of Apple CarPlay (it costs extra after that). Android Auto isn't currently offered on any BMW model.

The 12-speaker Hi-Fi audio system features HD radio, while a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system is available for $875. Wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot are bundled for $400.


30i - From $52,095

The 30i comes loaded with equipment from the start, including a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power sport seats, wood interior trim, a power liftgate, and power-folding side mirrors with auto-dimming feature. Leather upholstery is a $1,450 standalone option.

BMW offers three progressive major option packages. The $900 Convenience Package adds front seat lumbar adjustment, one year of SiriusXM radio, keyless entry, and a hands-free power liftgate.

The popular Premium Package also throws in heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, and gesture control for the navigation system for $2,650. With this package, buyers can further upgrade to heated rear seats for an additional $350.

The $5,100 Executive Package tops off the 30i with ambient interior lighting, adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, an automated parking system, and a surround-view camera system with smartphone display capability.

For buyers who want a more aggressive appearance, the M Sport Design provides an aerodynamic body skit, gloss black exterior accents, and a sport steering wheel. With the $2,720 M Sport Design installed, the contents of the Convenience Package come standard, and the Premium and Executive Packages are priced at $1,750 and $4,200, respectively.

M40i - From $61,995

Along with the potent six-cylinder engine, the M40i offers drivers a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and quicker steering. The exterior features aerodynamic body components.

The Convenience Package's features comes standard, which reduces the cost of the Premium and Executive Packages to $1,750 and $3,700, respectively. Exclusive to the M40i is a limited-slip rear differential for $1,300.

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Although the 2020 BMW X4 carries some nice standard features, the Premium Package and Driving Assistance Package are must-haves that turn it into a proper luxury SUV.

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Expert Review

  • Impressive performance
  • Great fit and finish
  • Easy-to-use infotainment
  • Expensive
  • No Android Auto
  • Styling compromises practicality
Expert Rating
3.3 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Harbinger of the future. Automotive engineering has come a long way since its humble beginnings. The original task was just to build something halfway reliable; that directive soon expanded to include performance; from there the focus widened again to include fuel economy and emissions. Now we're at the point where accomplishments once deemed impossible are merely considered ho-hum.

Viewed from this context, the 2020 BMW X4 makes sense. The brand that built itself on the phrase "The Ultimate Driving Machine" could only build this sporty coupe-like SUV in today's automotive climate, one where old axioms are being pushed aside in pursuit of progress. Not only does the X4 handle like a famed BMW sport sedan, opt for one of the three available M-badged models, and you'll get serious straight-line acceleration.

The X4, particularly in X4 M guise, is proof that driving dynamics and SUVs aren't mutually exclusive. It's not the only performance SUV out there, and it's not the first of the breed, but this BMW typifies where the market is going and what buyers are increasingly looking for from their next sporty car purchase.

Sports car performance. Being a BMW, the X4 sells itself on its performance. A quick look at the thing makes that claim seem a dubious one. What could be sporty about a big, hulking, and hunched SUV? A lot, it turns out.

Even a jaunt in the base X4 30i was enough to impress us. It gets its mojo from a 248-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Despite being the entry-level engine, it's quiet and refined; a six-second 0-60 mph time means it should be quick enough for most buyers.

More importantly, the X4 can handle it. We pushed it along some twisty roads, and contrary to our expectations, it didn't give out early or squeal the tires in protest. It held to the road with hardly any body roll or understeer. The average buyer looking for a quick thrill on some backroads will be plenty satisfied with the 30i model.

A trio of available M-branded models steps this performance up a notch or three. The sanest of these is the M40i, which uses a 382-hp, 3.0-liter turbo straight-six. This version is the sweet spot of the lineup: smooth, sweet, and able to get to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, without an eye-watering price tag. The handling also goes up a notch from the already-impressive 30i.

New for 2020 is the full-bore X4 M and M Competition. The former gets 473 hp out of the M40i's 3.0-liter six; the M Competition wrangles 503 hp from the same engine. Both models can go from 0-60 mph in around four seconds.

We found ourselves gleefully shoving down the throttle just to enjoy that intoxicating power and the accompanying visceral soundtrack playing from the exhaust. These two models should expel any and all doubts about the M division's ability to turn an SUV into a sports car.


Form before function. If you're not familiar with the current BMW lineup, here's a quick primer: odd numbers represent the practical models. Even numbers are the beauty queens, usually based on the preceding odd-number model. It follows, then, that the X4 is the stylish variant of the more practical, upright X3. In pursuit of a sleek silhouette, though, the X4 leaves something to be desired in both passenger and cargo room.

Cargo room is most affected by the surgery that turns an X3 into an X4. Replacing the traditional SUV hatchback with a more coupe-like sloping roofline reduces cargo room to just 18.5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place. The X3, meanwhile, has 28.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

It's the same story with passenger space in the back seat. Rear legroom stands at just 35.5 inches, which is an inch shorter than that offered in the X3 and about 2 inches less than what's found in the competing Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe.

Perhaps worse than the dearth of legroom is the lack of headroom due to that sloping roof. Because it cuts down as it does, riders should duck their heads whenever getting in or out of the X4. Once seated inside, taller passengers will feel their scalps grazing the headliner.

It's not surprising the style-conscious X4 trades off usable space for curbside presence. But if you plan on using your X4 like the SUV it is – and by that, we mean piling in people and cargo – you'll occasionally find yourself wondering if the X3 may have been the better choice.

Options galore, intuitive infotainment. As befitting its position in the lineup, the X4 comes with an abundance of features. There are standard luxuries like a 10.3-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, power-adjustable front seats, a power liftgate, and 19-inch wheels.

Our quibbles: Android Auto remains missing in action and leather doesn't come standard. We feel these grievances are fair considering the $52,095 base price. Another frustration is that BMW loves to charge extra for things.

Up until this year, they were charging for smartphone compatibility; they've finally dropped that practice, but if you want heated seats, keyless ignition, any driver-assist features, or any color other than black or white, you'll be paying extra. With all the desirable stuff coming at a cost, base prices are nothing more than optimistic starting points.

And prices only go up in a big way from the base 30i. An M40i starts at $61,995, while the X4 M and M Competition begin at $74,395 and $81,395, respectively. There's a few extra odds and ends thrown in with those models, but, for the most part, the upcharges can be largely attributed to the performance hardware found under the hood.

We'd be remiss in not mentioning how much we like the latest iDrive infotainment system that the X4 is running. This system is up there with our favorites in the industry, thanks to how easy it is to use and how quick it is for new users to learn. Though Android Auto isn't available, we think buyers will quickly forget that inconvenience once they start using the native software.

Final thoughts. The 2020 BMW X4 is a surprising thoroughbred, but should we be surprised? Technology has only furthered the envelope of what's possible with an automobile. Performance SUVs were once an oxymoron, but the X4 and its ilk have shown that's no longer the case.

If you don't mind the loss of cargo space or a cramped second row, the X4 is a winner. It performs like a true sporting BMW, it has excellent fit and finish, and it wears distinctive styling that's in vogue with current trends. For those ready to embrace the future of performance vehicles, the X4 delivers.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 248 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 28 / 25 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 248 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Full-time All Wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 28 / 25 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
50.5 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
98 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
187.5 "
Exterior Width
75.5 "
Exterior Height
63.8 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
37.2 "
Front Legroom
40.7 "
Rear Legroom
35.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,147 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.8 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Gray Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Black Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Vernasca Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan
12 / 16 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Active Lane Keeping Assistant Lane Departure / Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assistant Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assistant Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear / Parking Assistant Plus Automated / Active Park Distance Control Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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