BMW X4

4/5
BMW X4  new car image
Verdict

The BMW X4 is BMW’s answer to Range Rover’s now established Evoque and the Porsche Macan. In terms of style the X4 is pretty much a smaller version of the BMW X6. This car, along with the X6, very much divide opinion. Its style is not to the taste of many. Unlike the X6, the X4 shares its platform with the BMW X3.

Performance

In keeping with the platform of the BMW X3 that it’s based on, the X4 is only available with diesel variant engines. All of these offer surprisingly pleasant on-paper fuel economy figures. According to BMW, their X4 xDrive20d SE with a 2 litre 190 bhp engine offers a return of 5.4l/100km. The next engine up is the 3.0 litre 6-cylinder xDrive30d with 258 bhp. BMW’s claimed return on this is 5.7l/100km. For the heavier footed of you, you can opt for the 313 bhp xDrive35d M Sport. Again, BMW offers an on-paper fuel economy figure of just 6.0l/100km for all of those horses. The xDrive35d offers an impressive 630Nm of torque at between 1,500 and 2,500rpm.

The 2.0 litre engine will bring you from 0-100km/h in just 8 seconds and has a top speed of 212km/h, which means that this engine is far from lazy.

Ride & Handling

The 6-cylinder engines offer the smoothest journey, but the 4-cylinder 2.0 litre engines are by no means terrible. The X4 is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox in the 20d, but given the choice we would opt for the very smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. This set-up deals excellently with gear changes and makes driving the X4 a real treat.

The X4 deals very well with corners and even though the steering is light, it is direct and precise. Traction and grip in the all-wheel drive models are excellent, with a bias towards the rear wheels.

Refinement

Like the X3, the X4 can suffer from a bit of unwanted engine noise at higher revs – of course when you go for the larger engines this noise can sometimes be welcomed. The engine noise is more muted when the car is at cruising speeds. The manual transmission in the 2.0 litre engine is not terrible, but the refinement of the 8-speed automatic transmission is the winner here.

Quality & Reliability

The interior of the X4 was taken straight out of the X3. The material that BMW uses in most of their vehicles is of excellent quality, but as we noted in our X3 synopsis the inside space lacks any major excitement. With that said, the infotainment system is intuitive and very easy to use with the main focus being towards the driver.

Safety & Security

Because the X3 received 5 stars in the Euro NCAP it is expected that the X4 will receive the same. As with the X3, you will find driver and passenger airbags as well as curtain airbags surrounding the interior of the vehicle.

Space & Practicality

The X4 is not the most practical of machines. Because it’s a mix of a normal car and an SUV, the dimension are a bit strange. The boot space wouldn’t be as practical as the X3, and because of the sloped coupé-style roof to the rear, head height will be an issue for the taller masses.

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Key Facts

Make

BMW

Model
X4
Variant
X4 xDrive20d SE
Trim
SE
Car Category
SUV
First Launched
2015
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
8 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€59,081
CBG Expert Rating
4.0

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
L/100km Combined
5.2
Average km/L
19.2
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
67
Fuel Tank Range
1288 km
Cost of filling a tank
€81.67
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.68
CO2 emmissions
140 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
190 bhp
Max Power kW
142
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1995
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
212 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
8.0 s
L/100km Urban
5.70 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
500 L

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
No distance limit

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5

Dimensions

Boot capacity
500 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
205/65 R17 mm
Tyre size back
205/65 R17 mm
Rim size
7.5J x 17 mm
Length
4671 mm
Width
1881 mm
Height
1624 mm
Wheel Base
2810 mm
Front Track (mm)
1624
Rear Track (mm)
1632
Kerb weight
1745 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2335
Turning circle (m)
11.9

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Independent, spring
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
190 bhp
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SUV
€59,081
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 500 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.0 s
  • New Price €59,081
SUV
€59,230
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 500 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.0 s
  • New Price €59,230
SUV
€61,364
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 500 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.0 s
  • New Price €61,364
SUV
€61,620
i
  • Gearbox Manual
  • Gears 6 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 500 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.0 s
  • New Price €61,620
SUV
€63,730
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 500 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 190 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 8.0 s
  • New Price €63,730
SUV
€75,410
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 500 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 258 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.8 s
  • New Price €75,410
SUV
€77,920
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 500 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 258 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.8 s
  • New Price €77,920
SUV
€82,270
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 500 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 313 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.2 s
  • New Price €82,270