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The BMW X4 is the stylish, coupe-like sibling of the popular X3 compact SUV. The X4 presents a solid overall package for shoppers seeking a luxury compact SUV, particularly those who value performance. Indeed, the X4’s driving experience is among this crossover’s best qualities. It’s also one of the reasons it claims the top spot among compact premium SUVs for 2023 in J.D. Power’s rankings.

The 2023 BMW X4’s performance sets it apart from other SUVs in its class

A BMW X4 driving on a highway.

According to J.D. Power ratings, tabulated using feedback from vehicle owners, the 2023 BMW X4’s driving characteristics are at the top of its class. Owners gave the X4 a “best” rating of 91 out of 100 in the “Driving Experience” category, which includes performance, comfort, safety, and technology.

The X4’s driving experience rating beats rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLB and GLC, Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Macan, and Genesis GV70. The Bimmer bests some competitors by a notable margin. For instance, the GLB scored an “average” 78, while the Cadillac XT4 received a 77.

The X4’s performance helped it earn the top spot among compact premium SUVs for 2023 in J.D. Power’s rankings. The 2023 X4 also earned “great” marks for its quality/reliability and dealership experience. Its predicted resale value is less impressive, but J.D. Power still rates its expected depreciation as “average” for the segment.

What are the 2023 BMW X4’s performance credentials?

A BMW X4 M compact luxury performance-trimmed SUV model driving through concrete pillars under a bridge
BMW X4 M | BMW Group

The 2023 BMW X4 offers several trims, all emphasizing driving dynamics.

The xDrive30i base model has a sprightly turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. BMW says the xDrive30i can scoot from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds flat.

The X4 also boasts an M sport-tuned suspension and sport steering to take advantage of its power. This compact luxury SUV delivers impressive athleticism in its base form, and buyers can increase its agility with the Dynamic Handling Package that adds a sport driving mode and equips larger brake rotors.

Meanwhile, the M40i model includes these upgrades and a 382-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, cutting the 0-to-60 time to 4.4 seconds.

However, the range-topping X4 performance models are the M and M Competition. Both pack a turbocharged six-cylinder, with the M dishing out 473 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque and the Competition trim boosting those figures to 503 hp and 479 lb-ft. The Competition also adds a performance exhaust system and additional performance kit.

The X4 is solid overall for its class

Though the X4 emphasizes driving dynamics, it’s not a one-trick pony. It also touts the luxe features expected of its BMW badge. The X4’s sloping roofline makes it less practical for hauling rear passengers or cargo, but that’s a price some consumers are willing to pay for style.

Standard creature comforts include a power liftgate, panoramic sunroof, synthetic leather upholstery, a 12.3-inch touchscreen and digital gauge cluster, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Built-in navigation, 19-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, and a suite of driver’s aids are also standard equipment.

X4 shoppers also have an ample selection of available options. They include wireless charging capabilities, a Harman Kardon audio system, ventilated front seats, remote engine start, and additional driver assists like adaptive cruise control and a lane-keeping system.

Pricing for the 2023 BMW X4 starts at $53,400 for the xDrive30i. Meanwhile, base MSRPs for the X4 performance models are $64,650 for the M40i and $76,400 for the M.