The BMW X4 fills a niche in the company’s product lineup. Sportier than the X3 with which it shares almost everything but upper bodywork, it gets a sloping roofline and long hatch in the vein of its X6 big brother. That coupe-like roofline makes the X4 look very sporty, but it does come at a cost: less rear-seat room and reduced cargo capacity.
It also comes with another cost: Starting between $2,500 and $4,200 more than its X3 equivalent, the X4 is a pricey vehicle for how small it is inside. At least you get a fair bit of additional standard equipment for your money.
Still, BMW can’t make enough of these “Sports Activity Coupes,” as the company calls them. People can’t help but be attracted to the X4’s (and its bigger brother’s) fastback roofline, aggressive styling, and sporty personality. But choosing an X4 over an X3 is a decision motivated by emotion—not logic.
BMW is playing in this field mostly alone, although Mercedes plans to market a “coupe” version of its GLC (nee GLK) crossover within a couple of years, and Land Rover will happily sell you a three-door Range Rover Evoque.