2020 BMW X4

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2020 BMW X4 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 14, 2020
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The X4 is a fastback derivative of BMW X3. But there is more than that meets the eye. BMW has tweaked the suspension and added a host of performance options to go fast as well. It has a stiffened chassis for better body control.

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Pros

Punchy twin-turbo engine

Edgy design statement

Butter smooth transmission

Host of standard features

Involving ride 

Cons

Subscription system for Apple CarPlay!

Restricted rear headroom

No Android Auto

What's New?

Acoustic Windscreen

Active air vent control

Redesigned Led Fog Lamps

Wider track width


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51100

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Sport Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.8/13.8

dimensions

wheelbase

112.7 in.

length

187.5 in.

width

75.5 in.

height

63.8 in.

curb weight

4147 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

50.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

882 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/29/25 mpg

highway range

498.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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2020 BMW X4 in Alpine White color 2020 BMW X4 in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2020 BMW X4 in Carbon Black color 2020 BMW X4 in Dark Granite Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.6

Competition

7.9

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The X4 is available in one souped trim which has all the latest features as standard. BMW has a host of add on packages to go on with the crossover according to one’s liking.

It is powered by a 2.0L twin-turbocharged engine that can flex a muscle or two. It has decent ground clearance for off-roading as well. It locks horns with the likes of Porsche Macan, Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 coupe.

2020 BMW X4 SUV Right side third quarter view
2020 BMW X4 SUV Left Side Third Quarter View

7.0/10
Features

 

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.2/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

8.6/10
Safety

 

7.9/10
Competition

 
 

2020 BMW X4 Features

7.0/10

The 2020 BMW X4 is available in a single fully-fledged variant, the XDrive 30i. It is based on the X3 sharing almost all of its features including dimensions. It is powered by a potent 2.0L twin-turbocharged inline-four motor which chucks out 248 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque.

It has all the latest gizmos to keep the occupants entertained and safe during travel. In Spite of sharing a lot with the BMW X3,  the sweeping roofline makes the X4 a lot more desirable.

Trim

xDrive30i

MSRP (AWD)

$51,100

Key Features

Auto Start-Stop

 

Dynamic Cruise Control

 

Tyre Pressure Monitor

 

Front Side Impact Airbags

 

xDrive All-Wheel Drive System

 

Variable Sport Steering

 

SensaTec upholstery

 

BMW Teleservices

 

Power Tailgate

 

BMW Remote Services

 

BMW Assist eCall

Most of the features of the X4 are clustered into different add on packs which are plentiful. It gives the buyer the flexibility to choose from what is more important. The packages range from as low as $400 to $4200. Performance and handling packages like Dynamic Handling and M-Sport packages improve the driving dynamics of the vehicle. Creature comforts like infotainment and seat trims are available in the Premium and executive packages.

Package

Driver Assistance Package

Driver Assistance Plus Package

Dynamic Handling Package

M-Sport Package 2

Parking Assistance Package

Premium Package

Executive Package

Wireless Charging

MSRP

$500

$1700

$1450

$2720

$700

$1750

$4200

$400

Features

Active Driving Assistant

Active Driving Assistant

M Sport Exhaust System

19-inch M double-spoke wheels

Parking Assistant Plus

Heated Steering Wheel

All the features in Premium and Parking Package and:

WiFi Hotspot

 

Active Blind Spot Detection

Active Stop & Go

M Sport Brakes

M Sport Package

Active Park Distance Control

Comfort Access Keyless Entry

Ambient Lighting

Enhanced USB and Bluetooth

 

Lane Departure Warning

 

Dynamic Damper Control

SensaTec Dashboard

Surround 3D view

Lumbar Support

Adaptive Full LED Lights

 
       

Aluminium Rombhicle Trim

Rear View Camera

Heated Front Seats

Automatic High Beams

 
       

M Sport Suspension

 

Head-Up Display

Gesture Control

 
       

M Steering Wheel

 

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Vernasca Leather Upholstery

 
       

Aerodynamic Kit

 

Gesture Control

   
       

Shadowline Exterior Trim

       

Which trim should you go for?

The BMW X4 is a feature-rich vehicle which comes in only one trim. The flexibility of add on packages is that it allows us to customize as per our needs.

We recommend you to go for three specific packages which enhances the character of the car without compromising on the cost. With the addition of Dynamic handling and M-Sport Package 2, the X4 handles and sprints sharper and faster. The parking assistant plus package helps in manoeuvring the vehicle easily in challenging environments. These three packages help in boosting the X4 with features which come in close with its higher M- model, but at a fraction of the cost.

2020 BMW X4 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The BMW X4 is powered by a 2.0L twin-turbocharged inline four-pot which chucks out a generous 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It carries forward the same power plant from last year but with certain tweaks to keep it energetic.

What's under the hood of BMW X4?

The power produced from the X4 is moderate when compared to its competition. The smooth 8-speed transmission does the job of transferring the power with minimal lag.

2020 BMW X4 SUV has 2.0L Turbo i4 Engine

The twin-turbo setup helps the beemer pack a serious punch. The all-wheel-drive system improves the handling of the crossover which makes it a lot of fun around corners.

Models

BMW X4 xDrive 30i

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

Porsche Macan Base

Audi SQ5 Base

MSRP

$51,100

$50,000

$50,900

$52,900

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

3.0L Turbo V6

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

248hp@5,200rpm

255hp@5,800rpm

248hp@5,000rpm

349hp@5,400rpm

Torque

258lb-ft@1,450rpm 273lb-ft@1,800rpm 273lb-ft@1,600rpm 369lb-ft@1,370rpm

The Audi SQ5 is the clear triumphant of the lot with a whopping 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque from a 3.0L V6. The X4, Macan and GLC 300 come near each other with similar performance figures.

How quick is the X4?

The all-wheel-drive system of the X4 helps it propel to 60 MPH in 6 seconds. This figure is impressive given the sheer size and curb weight of the beemer.

2020 BMW X4 xDrive30i Does 0-60 MPH In Just 6 Seconds.

The emission figures are a minimum of 7.1 tons per year which is high because of the twin-turbo setup.

Models

BMW X4 xDrive 30i

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

Porsche Macan Base

Audi SQ5 Base

0-60 MPH

6.0 sec

6.1 sec

6.3 sec

5.1 sec(est.)

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

14.6 sec

11.1 sec

13.4 sec

Top speed 155 MPH 149 MPH 158 MPH 155 MPH

Engine

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

3.0L Turbo V6

The Audi SQ5 once again slaughters the competition with a 0-60 MPH time of 5.1 seconds. It is a whole one second faster than the closest competitor. The Quattro system is the ace card of Audi’s performance.

How sure-footed is the ride?

The smooth power delivery of X4 is soothing as it makes the ride much more comfortable and relaxed. The 8-speed transmission helps in propelling the vehicle without any hiccups. The handling is good on the beemer bu8t with the addition if the Dynamic Handling and M-Sport package it takes the handling a notch up. It is precise around corners and has almost minimal body roll. The cabin is well insulated from road and wind noise.

2020 BMW X4 SUV Third Quarter View

There are four distinct driving modes available. They are EcoPro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ which alters the driving dynamics.

How quickly can the beemer stop?

Braking on the X4 is composed and linear. The pedal is compact and the pressure linear. The adaptive dampers take care of excessive leans while braking in corners.

An optional M-brakes package is available in the dynamic handling package which has a larger master cylinder and eye-catchy blue-painted calipers.

Model

BMW X4 xDrive 30i

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

Porsche Macan Base

Audi SQ5 Base

Brake Rotors Front

13"

13.5"

13.6"

13.3"

Brake Rotors Rear

13"

12.6"

13"

13"

Curb Weight

4147 lbs

4028 lbs

4099 lbs

4321 lbs

60-0 MPH

N/A

137 ft

107 ft

112 ft

The front and rear rotors are a moderate 13 inch in diameter which is the least of the lot. This doesn’t necessarily translate to poor braking. All the competitors have similar brake dimensions but the low curb weight of the GLC 300 makes it a surer footed stopper.

2020 BMW X4 Fuel Economy

4.0/10

The BMW X4 returns an impressive combined 25 MPG. It is fuel-efficient for the power it produces. The active xDrive system manages the power sent to all four wheels for better efficiency.

Model

BMW X4 xDrive 30i

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

Porsche Macan Base

Audi SQ5 Base

MPG (City)

23

21

19

19

MPG (Highway)

28

27

23

24

MPG (Combined)

25

23

21

21

Fuel Capacity 17.2 gallons 17.4 gallons 19.8 gallons N/A
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 396/482/430 miles 365/487/400 miles 376/455/415 miles N/A

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr)

7.1

7.6

8.4

8.4

The beemer is the most fuel-efficient of the lot. The Mercedes Benz GLC 300 follows closely with a combined 23 MPG. The Porsche Macan and Audi SQ5 are the least efficient. The Audi justifies its lower numbers with a much more powerful 3.0L V6 engine.

2020 BMW X4 Interior

8.2/10

The X4 has nil quality issues with leatherette and trims layered with dark oak wood on the dashboard. The fit and finish is top-notch and typical BMW. The dashboard is well laid out with the infotainment system occupying the central area with an array of buttons and knobs flush with the dashboard. The center is driver-focused which is good attention to detail.

How comfortable is it on the inside?

The seating in the X4 is comfortable, at least for the front row passengers. The raked roof makes head bumps common in the second row. All round, the seats are well contoured with good under-thigh support and wrapped in exclusive materials. The legroom is abundant in both rows.

2020 BMW X4 Has Comfortable And Supportive Sport Seats

Model

BMW X4 xDrive 30i

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

Porsche Macan Base

Audi SQ5 Base

Seating Capacity

5 5 5 5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/57.7/40.7

38.9/57.3/40.8

N/A

40.2/57.7/41.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/56/35.5

38.3/55.8/37.2

N/A

37.7/56.5/37.8

In spite of the restricted rear headroom, X4 manages to provide commendable space as compared to its competitors. The Audi SQ5 still has the edge with marginally more space.

What are the Infotainment features?

The center of the dashboard is laid out with a 10.25-inch iDrive Infotainment system which is super easy to use. The driver-centric design makes accessing it comfortable. The X4 has gesture control which helps in doing various functions with hand gestures.

Infotainment Features

 2020 X4 xDrive30i Has Gesture Controlled 10.25-Inch Infotainment System
  • 10.25-inch infotainment System
  • HiFi Sound System with 12 speaker and 205-watt digital amplifier
  • Anti-theft radio system with Radio Data System(RDS)
  • Pre-wiring for SiriusXM Satellite Radio Tuner
  • Apple CarPlay Compatible
  • Enhanced Smartphone Connectivity
  • ConnectedDrive Services
  • BMW Teleservices

How much cargo can the X4 carry?

BMW X4 has a cargo volume of 18.5 cubic feet which is moderate. It is enough for the family weekend getaways. It loses out on volume due to the body structure. But fold down the rear seats and you get 50 cubic feet.

 2020 BMW X4 Has A Wide Cago Opening

Models

BMW X4 xDrive 30i

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

Porsche Macan Base

Audi SQ5 Base

Cargo Capacity

18.5 cu.ft.

17.4 cu.ft.

17.6 cu.ft.

25.1 cu.ft.

The Audi SQ5 has a whopping 25.1 cubic feet of cargo volume which puts its competition out of the question. The rest are near each other.

Interior Features

  • SensaTec Upholstery
  • Anthracite Headliner
  • Floor Mats
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • iDrive Infotainment System
  • Heated Seats
  • Eight Way Power front seats with memory functions
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2020 BMW X4 Exterior

7.0/10

The highlighting feature of the beemer is the swooping rear quarter which differentiates it from the X3. It has the stance of an SUV with a coupe-like roofline. The X4 is technically an X3 with a coupe structure past the B-Pillar.

Well Contoured Body Of The 2020 X4 Looks Sporty From All Angles

The beemer is designed minimally. It has flowing lines and a coupes rear quarter design differentiating it from the X3. It flaunts a 19-inch wheels which goes on well with the form factor. The dominating front grille along with the LED headlights and fog lamps makes its presence felt on the road. The X4 has the largest footprint of the lot. The ground clearance of 8 inches is off-road worthy.

Model

BMW X4 xDrive 30i

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

Porsche Macan Base

Audi SQ5 Base

Curb Weight

4147 lbs

4028 lbs

4099 lbs

4321 lbs

Length

187.4"

183.3"

184.9"

183.9"

Width

75.5"

74.4"

76.2"

74.5"

Height

63.8"

63"

63.9"

65.3"

Ground Clearance

8"

5.7"

7.4"

8.2"

Wheelbase

112.8"

113.1"

110.5"

111.2"

Exterior Features

  • 19-inch Y spoke alloy wheels
  • All-Season Tyres
  • Power folding heated side mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Chrome garnishing and tailpipe finishers
  • Satin Aluminium exterior trim
  • Sunroof
  • Adaptive Xenon Headlamps
  • LED fog lamps
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
2020 BMW X4 SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X4 SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X4 SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X4 SUV Exterior
2020 BMW X4 SUV Exterior

2020 BMW X4 Safety

8.6/10

A host of critical active safety features are standard on the X4. But passive features like a surround-view camera, active lane control, etc. come in as extra add ons.

Safety Features

  • Head Protection System (HPS) front and rear
  • Front Side Impact Airbags
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • Front and Rear Park Distance Control
  • Rear Camera
  • LED headlamps with cornering lighting
  • Automatic Locking Retractors(ALR) on all passenger seats
  • Front Safety Belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Adaptive Brake lights
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Active Guard with Frontal Collision Warning
  • Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking
  • Daytime Pedestrian Detection

2020 BMW X4 Competition

7.9/10

Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

The GLC 300 is Mercedes’s answer for the X4. It is a fully-fledged crossover. But in spite of having more power, it lags in acceleration. The seating is not as comfortable as the beemer and the cargo is cramped. It has a lesser MPG than the X4. As an overall package, it fails to topple the BMW X4.

Porsche Macan Base

The Macan is the crossover from Porsche which shares the same downside as the Beemer. Its rear headroom is restricted by roofline. It also has the least cargo space among the lot. It is not as engaging to drive as the beemer. Porsche is notorious with optional features that can shoot up the retail price. The Macan drinks a lot due to its inefficient turbo. All of the aspects point out the beemer to be a better car.

Audi SQ5 Base

The SQ5 has shocked us with its aggressive pricing. A V6 producing way more power than its competition and a tag of $52900, it is one hell of a deal. It is the most powerful and has an equal amount of handling character to back it up. It has a well laid out interior which is cleaner than the beemers. The extreme value for money and top-notch quality makes it a better choice any day!

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe
2020 Porsche Macan
2020 Audi SQ5

2020 BMW X4 Final Verdict

The BMW X4 has a potent engine, a well-balanced chassis, and great looks. If you can live with a slightly cramped second row, then it is a good choice. It is an all-rounder until the Audi SQ5 comes in. With a much more powerful engine and better interior space than the beemer, it doesn’t have much against it. With a price tag of $52900, there is no going back now.

The Audi SQ5 is the better overall package with better interiors, driving dynamics and 100 more horses for literally the same price!