The BMW X4 possesses many of the great things about the X3 it’s based on – a nice interior, good infotainment and a nice drive. Just remember it isn’t as practical inside
The BMW X4 is a sleek coupe version of the BMW X3. It sits above the BMW X2 and below the BMW X6 in terms of size, trading some space and practicality for a more stylish look. It was first introduced in 2014, but now there’s an all-new model for 2018.
The BMW X4’s minimalist interior doesn’t have the same wow factor as a Mercedes GLC Coupe’s elegant swooping centre console design. However, almost every piece of plastic trim on the dashboard and centre console feels soft and yielding.
BMW X4 Sport is the entry-level car and comes with a 6.5-inch infotainment display up on the dashboard. Its menus are logically laid out and its reasonably high-resolution screen is easy to read on the move. Pick a higher-spec BMW X4 M Sport – or pay extra for the Professional Navigation pack – and you’ll get a larger 10.3-inch infotainment display.
There’s more than enough space in the BMW X4’s front seats for you to stretch out – even if you’re very tall. The steering wheel adjusts for height and reach, and the standard-fit sports seats hold you in place securely without feeling too firm.
In the back, the news isn’t quite so good. While the BMW X3 has enough head room for another couple of adults to sit without their heads brushing the ceiling, the BMW X4’s raked roofline means that anybody over six feet tall will suffer just that. Still, leg room is just as good as in the BMW X3.
The BMW X4’s boot floor is nicely flat and square and there’s no lip at its entrance to lift heavy bags over, but it accommodates 50-litres less cargo than the BMW X3. If you fold the rear seats down (they split in a 40:20:40 configuration as standard) you still have some 200-litres less.
If you’ve decided you like the looks and don’t mind the BMW X4’s reduced practicality, there’s plenty to like about the way it drives and presents itself inside
BMW offers the choice of four and six-cylinder engines in petrol and diesel forms. The BMW X4 comes with an all-wheel-drive system that will run in front-wheel-drive mode at a cruise to save fuel, but send power to the rear wheels under heavy acceleration or when slip is detected. All cars get a superb eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, meaning no manual gearbox option.
The pick of the bunch is BMW’s four-cylinder, 2.0-litre xDrive20d diesel, which has all the performance you’re likely to need with 190hp and 0-62mph dealt with in 8.0 seconds. Yet, officially it’ll also return up to 52mpg, so achieving an mpg in the low 40s is certainly doable in the real world.
The BMW X4 remains remarkably upright and composed when barrelling along a twisting B-roads. Its all-wheel-drive system has a rear-biased power delivery when pressing on, too, for a more engaging driving experience. The weakest link in all that is the BMW X4’s steering, which feels artificially weighted and a little uncommunicative for an SUV that prides itself on handling well. In short, you’ll enjoy driving a Porsche Macan quickly even more.
You can also add adaptive suspension to every BMW X4 which allows you to soften and stiffen the ride at the touch of a button. Truth be told, even with it fitted BMW X4 isn’t as comfortable to drive as the Mercedes GLC – especially over rough roads.