BMW X4 review
The second-generation BMW X4 for sale now follows the same formula of the original. That means running gear from the X3 is used, but the X4 gets a more distinctive coupe-style roof line, and the model range is geared more towards performance than practicality.
BMW’s own terminology for the X4 is a ‘sport activity vehicle’, emphasising that it is designed to be more fun to drive than a conventional SUV and less about practical considerations, similar in style to the larger X6. As a result, there aren’t many direct rivals apart from the Mercedes GLC Coupe, which takes the same approach of spinning a more design-led model of a conventional SUV. But if you’re looking at an X4, then other premium SUVs worth considering include the Porsche Macan, Audi Q5 and Jaguar F-Pace.
At present the X4 is available with a choice of one petrol and three diesel engines. The entry-level diesel model is the xDrive20d and is fitted with a 2.0-litre unit providing 187bhp, enough to deliver a 0-62mph time of 8.0 seconds. The xDrive30d model is 3.0-litres in capacity and has six cylinders for additional smoothness, providing 262bhp and a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds. The most powerful diesel option is the M40d, and its 3.0-litre diesel engine pushes out 321bhp for a rapid 0-62mph sprint of 4.9 seconds.
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Currently the only petrol option is the high-performance M40i model, and its six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine is good for 349bhp and a 0-62mph time also of 4.9 seconds. The xDrive20d can be specified with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox while all other models come with the automatic only. All cars are four-wheel drive.
To reflect the X4’s sporty nature, it’s not available in basic SE trim. Instead the range starts with Sport, moves up to M Sport and there’s an M Sport X version offered, too, while the M40d and M40i versions are models in their own right. Prices start from around £44,000, with the top-spec petrol version coming in at around £57,000. This is more than you’ll pay for the X3, which offers the same range of models with similar performance.