The BMW X4 is not a very popular vehicle. However, this unpopular vehicle has had several very reliable model years. If you’re hoping to purchase a BMW X4, you should buy one of its best years.

What Are The Best Years For The BMW X4?

The best model years for the BMW X4 are 2018 and 2019. Neither of these models is associated with recalls and has received no official customer complaints. The 2018 and 2019 BMW X4s both received more than 4.5 stars from customer satisfaction ratings. These vehicles cost between $49,000 and $60,000.

In the automotive industry, vehicles rarely receive zero complaints or recalls. Since the 2018 and 2019 BMW X4s have had neither, they are the model years you should consider purchasing. Keep reading to learn more about these BMW models!

2018 BMW X4

BMW sold only 4,000 X4s in 2018, According to Good Car, Bad Car. That’s hardly anything! For comparison, that same year, Chevrolet sold more than 146,000 Traverses. Because the BMW X4 was so unpopular, you might assume that it was an unreliable vehicle. However, this turns out to be false. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received zero customer complaints regarding the 2018 BMW X4. Additionally, the Administration has issued zero recalls for that vehicle. That is an incredible feat in the automobile industry. That said, the 2018 BMW X4 doesn’t have a perfect record with the NHTSA.

In September of 2021, the NHTSA began investigating the airbags system used in the 2018 BMW X4. At the time of writing this article, the investigation is still open, and the NHTSA has issued zero recalls.

The 2018 BMW X4 has slightly above-average reliability. J.D. Power gave the vehicle a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. 

Although the vehicle is only slightly above average in terms of reliability, it is more expensive to own than the average luxury vehicle. According to U.S. Car News, the 2018 BMW X4 costs around $6,700 a year to use and maintain (this figure includes the cost of gas, insurance, and maintenance). After five years, that amounts to more than $33,000. However, this extra cost is well worth the luxurious features.

The 2018 BMW X4 can seat up to 5 passengers and gets good gas mileage. The 2018 X4 can get up to 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway, according to the Kelley Blue Book.

The 2018 BMW X4 is the perfect quality vehicle choice. This model received a perfect KBB Consumer Rating. However, the KBB expert rating was not as perfect. According to the Kelley Blue Book, the 2018 BMW X4 received only 3.6 out of 5 stars for its expert rating. The 2018 BMW X4 scored so low was the lack of interior space, among other reasons.

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2019 BMW X4

Like the 2018 model, the NHTSA has received zero complaints and has issued zero recalls for the 2019 BMW X4. The only difference is that there have been no investigations opened for the 2019 model. In other words, this vehicle has the perfect record!

Best Years For The BMW X4
2019 BMW X4

According to Consumer Reports, the 2019 BMW X4 was a redesign year for the model. BMW chose to model this model year after their more popular X3. We can assume that these redesigns improved vehicle sales since BMW sold more than double the amount of X4s in 2019 that it did in 2018, according to Good Car, Bad Car.

Another result of the redesign was increased ratings. J.D. Power gave the 2019 BMW X4 a quality and reliability rating of 88 out of 100. 

The 2019 BMW X4 also showed improvements in terms of gas mileage. This model can get 20 to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 27 to 29 miles per gallon on the highway. If you’re looking for a more fuel-efficient vehicle, then the 2019 BMW X4 is a perfect choice.

Unfortunately for those looking to purchase an inexpensive vehicle, the 2019 BMW X4 is not cheap. Depending on the trim package, a brand new 2019 BMW X4 could cost either $51,000 or $61,000. Even though this model has been on the road for a few years, the Kelley Blue Book still lists a fair purchase price for the more expensive model as nearly $59,000. In other words, the 2019 BMW X4 has only depreciated $2,000 in the last three years. That is incredible!

Not only will you pay more initially for a 2019 BMW X4, but you’ll pay more each year as well. According to U.S. Car News, the annual cost to use and maintain a 2019 BMW X4 is $7,500. Over five years, this means you’ll spend $37,500 in ownership costs.

While you might spend more to purchase the 2019 BMW X4, it retains its value well. If you were to purchase the vehicle brand new, drive it for three years, and then sell it you’d of only spent $24,500! In other words, you’re saving money in the long run by purchasing a 2019 BMW X4.

The Least Reliable BMW X4 Model Years

Although the BMW X4 has had some good years, it has also had its fair share of unreliable models. To help you know which model years to avoid, let’s take a look at the model with the most NHTSA complaints and recalls.

At the time of writing, the 2020 BMW X4 had nine recalls issued, making it the least reliable X4 model so far. Take a look at the recalls issued for this model below:

  • Front Axle Swivel Bearings May Break (Sept. 2019)
  • No Back-up Camera Display Image (Sept. 2019)
  • Steering Rack May Fail (Oct. 2019)
  • Improperly Tightened Instrument Panel Casing (March 2020)
  • Seat Belt Sensors May Not Detect Belted Condition (March 2020)
  • Steering Gear Tie Rods May Become Damaged (June 2020)
  • Rearview Camera Image Obscured (Sept. 2020)
  • Rearview Camera Image Malfunction (Feb. 2021)
  • Loss of Braking Assist (Aug. 2021)

As you can see, since this vehicle’s release, problems have come out of the woodworks. With the vehicle less than two years old, one can only imagine the types of repairs it will require after a few more years on the road. The future for the 2020 BMW X4 is not bright.

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