BMW has redesigned the X4 xDrive30i for 2019. It is marketed as a compact crossover, but it is a more sporting and stylish alternative to the traditional
luxury compact crossover. Maybe it is its hatchback?
One look at the front split grill and there is no question it is a BMW. However, move around it and you become aware it is a bit more rounded than the other compact crossovers in the class: the Mercedes GLE, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5 and the Volvo XC60. It has earned the nickname “Turtle” due to that rounded roofline and hatchback combination.
BMW has to be the leading crossover automaker. With the forthcoming X7 three-row crossover, the largest of the group, there will be seven BMW crossovers, which by my count leads any other single automaker.
What makes the 2019 BMW X4 xDrive30i special is the consistency of performance and handling we have come to expect from the German automaker. This BMW rides smoothly and handles better than most rivals. The 248-horsepower, turbo-four, power plant doesn’t lack for power, but it isn’t the quickest in the class. A 355-horsepower turbo-six is available in the X4 40i if you want to get a bit more racy and don’t mind spending $10,000+ more.
The 2019 X4 seats five people. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and they have plenty of support to hold you firmly in place. The rear seats
comfortably accommodate three adults, but the hatchback sloping roofline cuts down on available headroom.
The redesigned 2019 BMW X4 features a much better interior than the outgoing model, with a cleaner design and higher-quality materials, yet seems to be missing the panache of its rival’s interiors.
The X4 xDrive30i comes with a base price of $50,450. That includes the 248-horsepower, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include a panoramic moonroof, automatic climate control, a 12-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, navigation, and the iDrive infotainment system.
Available driver assistance features include a head-up display, a surround-view camera, parallel and perpendicular park assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear cross traffic alert, and evasion aid, a cool add-on that helps you avoid unexpected obstacles on the road ahead.
The X4 M40i starts at $60,450. This performance-oriented model comes with a 355-horsepower, turbocharged, six-cylinder engine. It also comes standard with satellite radio. Beyond that, it features the same standard and available features as the xDrive30i.
The X4 xDrive30i is a good luxury compact crossover. A crossover is, by nature, a compromise. The folks at BMW do a great job at masking that compromise by providing a spacious interior powered by a very capable engine, even if it does look like a Turtle.