Are you willing to sacrifice for fashion? This is an important question to answer as it will decide how much the 2018 BMW X4 appeal to you. This SUV is very similar to the larger BMW X6. Both have a sloped rear roofline for a coupelike profile, many aggressive styles are evolving to enhance the sporty feel. Compared with the X3 which it is based, the X4 certainly looks cooler. But “U” in SUV stands for – “Utility”. And that fastback rear hatch directly reduces cargo capacity and also rear passenger space.
If style is your top priority, the 2018 BMW X4 is certainly one of the ideal choices. But it is advisable to check more alternatives, some of which are in the BMW lineup itself.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 BMW X4 is a four-door, five-passenger compact luxury SUV with a coupe-like roofline. It available in two trim levels: xDrive28i and M40i.
Standard features for the xDrive28i include 19-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, LED foglights, automatic adaptive xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding and heated exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, auto-dimming mirrors, cruise control and selectable drive modes.
Inside, you get dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, BMW iDrive infotainment system, BMW Assist emergency telematics, a rearview camera, a universal garage door opener, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a nine-speaker CD player with USB-auxiliary input and HD radio.
The 2018 BMW X4 M40i adds keyless entry and ignition, an adaptive suspension, a premium Harman Kardon audio system with satellite radio. The M40i also comes with the M Sport package which adds a sport-tuned suspension, black exterior trim, unique aerodynamic exterior touches, an increased top speed, a sport steering wheel and sport seats.
Various options available for the 2018 BMW X4 include the Cold Weather package, that adds headlight washers, a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats. The Driving Assistance package adds a speed limit display, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and mitigation. The Parking Assistance package adds an automated parking system and a surround-view camera system.
The M40i is also eligible for the Lighting package, which adds automatic high beams and adaptive LED headlights. Other options include a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless charging pad, a navigation system and Apple CarPlay.
The 2018 BMW X4 xDrive28i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. It also features automatic stop/start system to save fuel. In performances testing, an X4 xDrive28i accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, which is the faster in the segment for a base engine. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 23 mpg combined (20 mpg city/28 mpg highway).
The 2018 BMW M40i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 generates 355 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are also standard. BMW says the M40i will reach 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/25 mpg highway), which is pretty impressive given its high-performance.
Inside, the 2018 BMW X4 front space feels more intimate, with a wide center console that creates a sporty and dual-cockpit feel. High quality materials are scattered throughout the cabin. There are a variety of controls and tech features that are typical for this segment (which is usually fairly user-friendly after a time-consuming process).
The 2018 BMW X4 standard front seats provide ample comfort, but you should look at the M Sport front seats because the pads are much bigger all around. The rear seats are a problem. This is good for two, but the bottom cushion is pretty low due to the downward sloping roofline. This certainly reduces comfort, and headroom for tall passengers becomes tight. The rear seats in some rivals are much better, even the same-shaped Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe has a more spacious and comfortable rear seat.
The utility also does not get better in the back. With only 17.7 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 49.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, the 2018 BMW X4 has fewer cargo space than the Volkswagen Golf hatchback. There is no doubt that it will be fine with reduced utility if you appreciate the X4 style, but know that almost every compact luxury SUV is capable of carrying large boxes or other large items that usually fit the SUV.
Release Dates and Price
The X4 is expected to be released shortly after the X3 SUV sometime in 2018.
The xDrive28i will be the entry-level model and will likely start out around $48,000. The M40i to command about $60,500 as the range-topping model. The M model will likely take closer to $70,000.