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A sporty, compact SUV with stylish looks.

2020 BMW X4 Review | CarMax

Whether you want to inject some style into your commute or you're craving a luxury compact SUV with athletic performance, the 2020 BMW X4 delivers. With a choice of two potent turbocharged engines, the X4 has the on-road excitement you seek, with the practicality of standard all-wheel drive. Add in a sleek fastback shape and a classy cabin with premium features, and the 2020 X4 is an excellent choice.

While we currently do not have many 2020 BMW X4s on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 BMW X4 review:

Key Specs and Features

MPG:

  • The 2020 BMW X4 with AWD and the 2.0L engine with automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined.1
  • The 2020 BMW X4 with AWD and the 3.0L engine with automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined.1

Cargo Space:

  • 18.5 cubic feet behind the second row
  • 50.5 cubic feet with the second row folded
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Seating Capacity:

  • Five passengers
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Engine Options:

  • 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder producing 248 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3.0L turbocharged V6 producing 382 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque

Tech Features:

  • iDrive system with 10.25-inch touchscreen display
  • Live Cockpit Professional with navigation, Bluetooth® capability, and two USB ports
  • Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration
  • Head-up display
  • Rearview camera

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Spirited Performance

The base 2020 BMW X4 xDrive30i produces 248 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque from its 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just six seconds. That's some nice zip for merging onto the highway or passing in the left lane. For even spicier performance, you'll love the athletic 2020 X4 M40i, which uses a 3.0L turbocharged V6 to make 382 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque. This model can sprint from zero to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds, making your commute feel more like a day at the track. Both engines pair to a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system for greater precision.

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2. Agile Handling

One of the X4's biggest strengths is its nicely balanced ride from the M Sport suspension, which comes standard on the 2020 BMW X4 xDrive30i. It's designed to feel solid and composed when cornering or leaning into curves, helping to inspire confidence on twisty sections of road. For even greater control, the 2020 BMW X4 M40i features a standard Adaptive M Suspension, which uses electronically controlled dampers that are designed to adjust to the road and your driving style. With this adaptive suspension, you'll enjoy more agile handling and sporty performance.

3. Daring Looks

This “Sport Activity Coupe" has a unique presence with its low, sweeping fastback roofline and distinctive rear spoiler. The exterior is accentuated by muscular lines and a large double-kidney front grille with air intakes, which add to the X4's athletic character. The 2020 X4 M40i also includes some stylish additions, like an aerodynamic kit, black chrome tailpipe finishers, and contrasting exterior trim. Both the xDrive30i and M40i ride on large, 19-inch wheels that will turn heads as you cruise on by.

4. Premium Interior

With the 2020 BMW X4 interior, you can expect a bright and well-equipped cabin to keep you satisfied on longer drives. An expansive power-adjustable dual-panel panoramic moonroof fills the cabin with natural light, while the supportive front sport seats with power adjustments are nicely cushioned to minimize fatigue. SensaTec leatherette upholstery comes standard in the 2020 X4, while available Vernasca leather with contrast stitching provides added style. Standard conveniences—like a power liftgate, dual cupholders in the front center console and rear armrest, and automatic climate controls—are practical and functional for daily life.

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5. Impressive Technology

The 2020 BMW X4 offers some cool tech features to help you on your commute. All models come standard with Live Cockpit Professional, which includes an iDrive system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display and voice recognition. Apple CarPlay and hands-free Bluetooth capabilities are standard on the X4, along with a navigation system to find your way around town. Both the xDrive30i and M40i trims also include a head-up display on the front windshield, so you can view important driving and multimedia-related information without taking your eyes off the road.

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • xDrive30i: Includes 19-inch Y-spoke gray wheels, power liftgate, 10-way power front sport seats, panoramic moonroof, 10.25-inch infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay capability, and more.
  • M40i: Unlocks 19-inch double-spoke bi-color wheels, black chrome tailpipe finishers, aerodynamic kit, adaptive suspension, 14-way power front sport seats, and more.

Available Colors

  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic (M40i only)
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Dark Olive Metallic (xDrive30i only)
  • Flamenco Red Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Jet Black (xDrive30i only)
  • Mineral White Metallic (xDrive30i only)
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic
  • Sunstone Metallic (M40i only)

Interior

  • Infotainment system with 10.25-inch touchscreen display, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth capabilities, and more
  • Power-adjustable panoramic moonroof with sunshade
  • 12-speaker audio system
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
  • 18.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 BMW X4, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 BMW X4, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

BMW X1

If small and snappy is on your list, take a look at the BMW X1—a compact luxury SUV with nimble handling. 2017-2019 X1s use a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that makes 228 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive come standard, while optional all-wheel drive is designed to offer more traction in tough conditions. Inside the stylish and compact body is a cabin brimming with passenger space and 58.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. Base X1s also include these standard features on 2017-2019 models:

  • 18-inch alloy Y-spoke wheels
  • Foglights
  • SensaTec leatherette upholstery
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Power tailgate

BMW X5

The BMW X5 is a midsize luxury SUV that's ideal for a range of driving scenarios, like picking up groceries, commuting to the office, or taking clubs to the greens. 2017-2019 X5s feature a standard five-passenger layout, while an optional third-row increases capacity to seven. Redesigned in 2019, you can find these fourth-generation X5 models with a 335-hp turbocharged 3.0L V6 or a 456-hp turbocharged 4.4L V8. Both engines can tow an estimated 7,200 lbs. when properly equipped, allowing you to pull your boat for a day of fishing.2 2017-2019 X5 xDrive50i models also include these standard features:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Four-zone climate control
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system
  • Navigation system

BMW X3

If you prioritize fuel economy and maneuverability, the BMW X3 is worth a look. 2018-2019 models come standard with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that makes 248 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. When equipped with all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2018-2019 X3 with the 2.0L engine returns an EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway.1 This gas-sipping performance is matched with a comfortable cabin for five passengers and 28.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second row (2018-2019 models). The sporty 2018-2019 BMW M40i also comes with these standard features:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • M Sport exhaust system, suspension, and brakes
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Power tailgate

The Bottom Line

If you're looking for an SUV that leaves a lasting impression, the 2020 BMW X4's nimble handling, potent performance, and upscale interior will have you craving more time in the driver seat. This model combines the practicality of an SUV with a stylish, coupe-like silhouette into one sporty package that's always fun to drive. With room for five passengers and 18.5 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row, the 2020 X4 is a great option for quick runs to the grocery store or longer road trips with friends.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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