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For enhanced safety, the GMC Acadia’s middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The BMW X4 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Acadia are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The X4 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Acadia has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The X4 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
Both the Acadia and the X4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Acadia the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 154 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X4 has not been tested, yet.
GMC’s powertrain warranty covers the Acadia 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 5 times as many GMC dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Acadia’s warranty.
The Acadia’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 62 more horsepower (310 vs. 248) and 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (271 vs. 258) than the X4 xDrive30i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the GMC Acadia uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Acadia FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the X4 (19.4 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Acadia AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the X4 (21.7 vs. 17.2 gallons).
The Acadia has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
For better traction, the Acadia’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X4 (255/65R17 vs. 245/40R20).
The GMC Acadia’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The BMW X4 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Acadia has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The X4 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Acadia is 1.1 inches wider in the front than the average track on the X4.
For better maneuverability, the Acadia’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the X4’s (38.7 feet vs. 40 feet).
The front grille of the Acadia FWD 4 cyl. uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Acadia uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Acadia has standard seating for 7 passengers; the X4 can only carry 5.
The Acadia has 46 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X4 (143.8 vs. 97.8).
The Acadia has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear headroom, 4.2 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X4.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Acadia’s middle row seats recline. The X4’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Acadia’s cargo area provides more volume than the X4.
Third Seat Folded
41.7 cubic feet
Third Seat Removed
18.5 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
79 cubic feet
50.5 cubic feet
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Acadia’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Acadia Denali’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X4 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Acadia offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Acadia SLT/Denali has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Acadia is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X4 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Insurance will cost less for the Acadia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Acadia will cost $1010 to $4990 less than the X4 over a five-year period.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the GMC Acadia will be $12530 to $15491 less than for the BMW X4.
The GMC Acadia outsold the BMW X4 by over 20 to one during 2018.
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