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BMW X4

(2018 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

58
%
D

Used car score:

60
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

54
%
C

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

25
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

58
%
D

Used car score:

60
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

65
%
C

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

54
%
C

Reliability Rating:

90
%
A

Running Costs:

25
%
D

Summary


The BMW X4 is effectively the X3 SUV in a less boxy shape – most obviously a strongly raked rear end with a liftback tailgate, plus more sporty touches such as bespoke lights.

Of course, such a shape means less interior room. So while the X4 has five doors and a tailgate like the X3, reviewers point out the tighter rear-seat space – even in the latest Mk2 version, which launched in 2018 and is very slightly longer than its predecessor.

Highlighted are the tighter headroom, a feeling of being more ‘hunkered down’ in the car and far less visibility through the rear screen.

The interior, effectively the same as the X3’s, comes in for much praise. Testers like its quality of technology, the materials and how they are fitted. However some describe the mix of finishes as over-fussy.

Reviews of the BMW X4 reserve most praise for its on-the-road performance, described as both comfortable and with excellent handling, though some describe the ride as a little firm.

As of January 2024, the BMW X4 holds a New Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 58%. Although it has an excellent reliability score, it loses out with poor running costs and only middling review scores from the media. Its safety rating from Euro NCAP has also expired due to age.

BMW X4 highlights

  • Competent engines
  • Strong handling
  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Good levels of standard safety kit

BMW X4 lowlights

  • Styling is awkward, even by BMW standards
  • No entry-level petrol engines or plug-in hybrid
  • Restricted space in back speats
  • Looks expensive compared to the similar X3

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: Petrol, diesel
Price: From £54,000 on-road

Launched: Spring 2018
Last updated: Summer 2021
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: November 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 93%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 70%
Safety assist: 58%

Notes on safety rating

The BMW X4 was originally assessed by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2020 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used X4 to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

The BMW X4 shares its (now expired) safety rating with the almost-identical X3. Rather than physically crashing several X4s, Euro NCAP would have required BMW to submit specific data to show that the changes made to the X4’s roofline would not affect how it performs in an accident.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the BMW X4 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The BMW X4 has an excellent reliability score of 80%, according to workshop and warranty data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy. This score applies to the current (2018 onwards) X4 as well as to older models.

The biggest concern for X4 owners is the engine. Although there have been very few warranty claims, the average repair bill is nearly £3,000. Other repairs, for suspension, electrics and braking, have been very cheap.

If you own a BMW X4 or are interested in buying a used X4, you’d do well to make sure that any used car warranty you buy has adequate cover for engine failures and faults.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models26 mpgE25 – 26 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models244 g/kmD244 – 260 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models48D46 – 48D – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£738E
Year 2£1,644D
Year 3£2,541D
Year 4£2,762D
Year 5£3,613D
Overall£11,298D

The BMW X4 has quite high running costs, according to running cost data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our technical partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Its petrol engine is very thirsty and has higher emissions than the market average, and its service and maintenance costs are higher than average over the course of five years of ownership.

We don’t currently have equivalent data for diesel X4 models. Check back again soon.

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