Not so long ago, crossovers were usually seen primarily as practical family haulers but things have changed. Nowadays, there is also a big number of coupe crossover, which offer a more stylish approach to this class. This model is a perfect example. The current generation was introduced in 2018 and the 2021 BMW X4 represents the third production year. Therefore, it’s obvious that it doesn’t bring more significant changes, though we should mention that Android Auto has finally been offered.
On the other side, the rest of the vehicle remains pretty much the same. Once again, this will be one of the most engaging compact crossovers to drive. It offers excellent handling, two impressive engine options and a stylish interior. Still, keep in mind that the more conventional sibling, the X3, also has all this, plus it is far superior in terms of passenger and cargo space, and in terms of the overall practicality and functionality.
2021 BMW X4 Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 BMW X4 continues in the same way. It is a coupe version of the X3 and it uses pretty much identical mechanics, based on the company’s new CLAR platform. Furthermore, it features the same 112.8-inch wheelbase, though it is actually a little bit longer.
When it comes to styling, it is hard to find any particular difference at the front. You may count on a familiar face of the X3, while the rest of the body features a little bit different layout. Instead of a classic SUV design, this model features that sloping roof, which provides that coupe-like appearance, which makes this model look more attractive than its corporal sibling. However, it also makes it less practical, but we will get on that in the next paragraph.
As we’ve just mentioned, this model is less practical than the X3, due to a coupe layout. Of course, the 2021 BMW X4 continues in the same way and offers two rows of seats that are quite generous in terms of legroom. On the other side, the second row is a little bit tight when it comes to headroom. So, if you plan to transport adults in the second row, you should probably look somewhere else. The same thing goes for the cargo area. This model offers just around 18.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 50 cubic feet of the total cargo space, which is less compared to most rivals in the segment.
On the other side, there is nothing to complain about when it comes to interior quality and dashboard design. Moreover, things are pretty much the same as in the X3, which means you may count on a classic layout, full of quality materials and fine surfaces. Also, the 2021 BMW X4 now comes with Android Auto, which is another big plus, considering that the list of tech features now seems complete.
As we already mentioned a few times, the biggest novelty is the addition of Android Auto. Other than that, the list of standard tech features remains pretty much the same. All models come standard with goodies like a 10.25-inch touch screen, navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 12-speaker stereo, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The list of standard equipment also includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, push-button start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic moonroof etc. Additionally, you can get goodies like a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, gesture controls for the infotainment system etc.
When it comes to safety features, all models come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a rearview camera. You can also get upgrades in terms of a surround-view parking camera system, parallel park assist, and stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist.
2021 BMW X4 Engines
Things under the hood haven’t changed in the 2021 BMW X4. You may count on two familiar engine options and both of them are great. Base models come with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 248 horsepower, which seems enough for most drivers. Those who are looking for BMW’s famous inline-six smoothness can choose a well-known 3.0-liter unit, which comes in three output variants. The first one is good for about 382 horsepower, while M and M Competition models come with 473 and 503 horsepower, respectively.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is great for the class. The base inline-six returns around 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is also pretty good for the class. On the other side, M models are quite thirsty and return just around 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.