BMW Reviews - Interior & Walk Around

2017 BMW X4 Walk Around

To create the X4, BMW designers essentially shaved down the back end of the upright-profile X3, resulting in a gracefully curved profile for the X4. Visually effective at a glance, the design has drawn criticism from some quarters, notably for the bulging haunches surrounding its wheelwells. Breaks at the C-pillar and shoulder line, evidently intended to suggest performance potential, come across better.

Dimensions don’t differ much between the X3 and X4. The X4 is about half an inch longer, but 1.5 inches shorter. The center of gravity is almost the same in each body style, too.


Only a glance at the X4’s profile is needed to realize that back-seat space and cargo capacity are compromised. A price must be paid for that shapely roof, in contrast to the squared-off roofline of the X3 model.

Fitted with aluminum and wood trim, the X4’s interior design resembles that of the X3 that spawned it. While the X3 is a full-fledged five-passenger model, the reduced backseat head clearance and deeply contoured bucket seats of the X4 make it more logical for four occupants. Rear leg space also loses a couple of inches, compared to the X3. Six-footers can survive in the rear compartment, but not by much.

As for cargo capacity, whereas the X3 boasts 27.6 cubic feet, luggage space in the X4 shrinks to a skimpy 17.7 cubic feet. Folding the back seats down increases that volume to 49.4 cubic feet, again, not exactly a voluminous storage compartment.

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