2015 BMW X4

Pros: Sport-sedan-like handling agility; classy interior trimmings; decent fuel economy for the level of performance

Cons: Unorthodox body style is much less practical than the similar (and more affordable) X3; stingy levels of standard equipment, and options add up fast

CG Says: BMW introduces a new compact SUV, which it calls a “Sports Activity Coupe,” for 2015. The X4 is a sporty, fastback-roof version of the BMW X3 compact SUV. The X4’s swoopy, sloped-roofline body emphasizes style over the cargo space of the X3’s traditional wagon body, thus mimicking the relationship of the larger-sibling BMW X6 and X5. The X4’s ride height is 1.5 inches lower than the X3’s, so its handling is slightly sharper. Otherwise, the mechanicals are mostly the same, including the choice of turbocharged 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engines. However, unlike the X3, the X4 is available only with all-wheel drive. The X4’s slick styling may wow some shoppers who are willing to pay a premium for it, but for most buyers, the X3’s superior cargo capacity, rear-seat passenger room, and lower sticker prices make it a better choice.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacturer USA
Base Prices xDrive28i: $45,625
xDrive35i: $48,925

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

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2015 BMW X4