2018 BMW X4 vs. Its Competition

2018 BMW X4
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The BMW X4 most often competes with the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class based on their similar looks and powertrains.

We like the higher-zoot GLC43 for its turbo-6 and all-wheel drive, but the base X4 has a better turbo-4.

The Audi Q5 is tangentially related, although its styling is considerably more upright.

The SQ5 might be worth a look if performance is your priority.

The Porsche Macan is similarly priced at base levels, but reaches bonkers-level price and performance in Macan Turbo guise.

The Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is a stylish pick for small crossover buyers who may need some modicum of off-road talent (there has to be a few of you out there).

The new BMW X3 is on its way soon and may be a compelling pick just across the showroom floor—it’s more practical and has better interior tech.

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2018 Audi Q52018 Audi Q5
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2018 BMW X3 (X3 M40i)2018 BMW X3
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2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
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2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class (Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe)2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
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Quick Specs
6.8
The 2018 BMW X4 takes today’s trend toward swoopier SUVs and packages it with a roundel up front. It’s entertaining and a looker, but not all that practical.
7.5
The Audi Q5 is certainly the segment's most modern offering, delivering a high degree of technology, comfort, and conservative style.
7.0
The 2018 BMW X3 ventures into M territory, but doesn’t lose sight of its SUV duties.
6.8
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque gets a new lease on life this year with a good powertrain upgrade that helps it stay competitive. Of course, its looks help too.
7.8
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class captivates crossover types with its lush cabin and its plush ride; there’s AMG power on tap if you must.
7.2
The 2018 Porsche Macan is the performance pick among compact crossovers because of course it is. Purists may scoff, but we don’t much care.
MSRP From     
$47,600$41,500$42,650$41,800$40,050$47,800
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Style Name     
xDrive28i Sports Activity Coupe2.0 TFSI PremiumxDrive30i Sports Activity Vehicle5 Door SEGLC 300 SUVAWD
Drivetrain     
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sports Activity Coupequattro Sport UtilitySports Activity Vehicle5-DoorSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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