BMW X4 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP £45,125What Car? Target Price from£41,848
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you’re buying an BMW X4 with cash, it will cost you several thousand pounds more than an equivalent BMW X3. But, perhaps more importantly, it’s also pricier than its closest rival, the Mercedes GLC Coupé. There are deals to be had, though, not least if you use our New Car Buying service.

Running costs are more impressive; the 20d model averages just over 50mpg in official economy tests, compared with the 46.4mpg of the most efficient GLC Coupé.

The X4 didn't feature in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, but the mechanically identical X3 did, and it came a relatively lowly 16th out of 22 cars. That places it behind the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLC. BMW itself, meanwhile, comfortably beat Audi and Mercedes in the overall league table, finishing 9th out of 31 brands.

Even entry-level Sport-spec X4s come with most of the equipment you’re likely to want, including leather upholstery, satellite navigation, cruise control, automatic emergency braking and adaptive LED headlights.

Upgrading to M Sport trim brings larger alloy wheels, sports seats, semi-digital instruments and more aggressive styling, while M Sport X cars also have a panoramic glass roof and contrasting grey body cladding.

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Overview

There are plenty of more practical SUVs, but few are as enjoyable to drive as the BMW X4

  • Sharp handling
  • Smooth diesel engine in 20d
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Pricey to buy
  • Limited rear head room
  • Some blindspots

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