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BMW X4

FIT FOUR PURPOSE? (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

BMW is leaving no stone un-turned in its efforts to fill every possible premium market automotive niche with desirable products. Here's another one - the second generation version of the company's fashionable X4. By Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Reviewword count: 86

BMW tells us this second generation X4 model is a 'sports coupe'. Whatever your take on that, this sporting crossover is certainly an interesting take on fashionable family motoring. If you can afford the fee, it's a tempting take on the mid-sized premium-badged SUV genre and if you like the looks, then you'll probably like everything else because it's pure BMW. It's even a little more practical than you might expect. True, the world may not need another car like this - but you certainly might.

Backgroundword count: 126

If you're at all familiar with the Munich maker's model line-up, then you'll get the idea behind this car immediately. In 2008, the company brought us a design they badged as the 'X6', a kind of sportier coupe-like version of their established X5 luxury SUV. Against the odds, the X6 has since been a profitable car for the brand, so in 2014, the same concept was down-sized with the first generation X4, a sportier coupe-like version of the squarer, more practical X3 compact SUV. This second generation X4 is very much a refinement of the original, with slightly lighter weight, sharper looks, a classier cabin and a greater level of media and autonomous driving tech. There's also extra cabin space and a larger boot. Sounds promising.

Driving Experienceword count: 244

As before, the X4 range focuses on diesel power, with most buyers, as before, likely to opt for the volume xDrive 20d variant with its familiar 190hp 2.0-litre black pump-fuelled engine. Next up in the range is the six cylinder xDrive 30d with 265hp. This engine also comes in 326hp form with the M40d model. There's also a top petrol-powered variant for the first time, the six cylinder M40i, with 360hp. All model variants direct their engine's power to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and feature BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard. The standard-fit Driving Experience Control switch lets drivers choose from SPORT, COMFORT and ECO PRO set-ups, while six cylinder models also add a SPORT+ mode.You certainly won't lack for performance. Even the base xDrive 20d variant manages 62mph rom rest in 8s en route to 132mph, figures the six cylinder xDrive 30d improves substantially to 5.8s and 149mph. For the M40d, you're looking at 4.9s and 155mph. BMW has tuned the suspension of the X4 to offer a more focused feel than that of the X3 and the intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system splits drive between the rear wheels continuously, plus as required, optimising traction, turn-in and directional stability. The Variable Sport Steering system is fitted as standard and an xDrive status display makes a bid for what might be the most gratuitous use of graphics in a car with the three-dimensional display of the car's body roll and pitch.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

5.2

8

Combined mpg:

47.1

54.3

Extra urban mpg:

50.4

57.6

Height (mm):

1624

Length (mm):

4671

Max Speed (mph):

132

153

... and 6 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
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