BMW X4 xDrive 35i (2014) review

BMW released the new X4 in entrance of the Guggenheim museum of present day art in Bilbao, which was suitable as they are both odd-shaped issues brimming with baffling charm.

A rapid tour of the museum uncovered a film of flies landing on Yoko Ono’s pubes, which usually are not genuinely up my inventive road and probably yours both, and the very same can most likely be explained for coupe-ish sports activity vehicles from BMW. But for all the head scratching about why on earth someone would uncover this form of thing appealing, one married a Beatle and the other is established to enter a industry thanks to increase from 400k units at present, to virtually one.8m in the next decade.

So anything must be going proper, and there are two precursors to the X4’s entry into the market place that place it in context: the large success of the Range Rover Evoque, and the simple fact BMW has marketed 250,000 X6s since it released in 2008, even with often getting the most lambasted motor vehicle on sale today. Taste dictates, and people want vehicles like this, even if on a rational amount they look to competently fulfil no brief other than to make other folks roll their eyes in despair. Is it even well worth going through the record of ‘doesn’t have the space of/is not as great to push as/can’t maintain a candle to’ justifications for not selecting one? No? Relocating on

BMW X4: spec and details

The X4, as you would assume then, isn’t going to do anything particularly various from the greater X6, supplying a coupe-alike roofline plonked atop an SUV’s physique in a manner reminiscent of a excess fat bloke wearing a baseball cap. What you can say about it although, is that it does not fairly have the strident ‘f*** you’ jaw-jut aggression of the X6 many thanks to its scaled-down proportions. But it would have been refreshing to give it a little bit more specific character rather just creating it search like the X6’s attack-dog minor brother.

The £3000 M Sport bundle on this certain X4 includes a entrance bumper showcasing gaping pods that make it appear as although its has swallowed a few of exploding gobstoppers, and while it is a far more deft work than the X6, you would be challenging pushed to phone it pretty, as you would the Macan, or chunkily lovable, as the Evoque.

Of the X3 on which it is dependent, it is only a bit lengthier but almost 4 centimetres decrease, and occupants who have been in an X3 may discover the X4’s somewhat reduced seating situation, which is 20mm even more towards the flooring in the entrance and 28mm in the back again. This is of course, nonetheless larger than you may get in the ‘semi-command’ place of a five or three GT, which is of program a bit larger than the ‘not-command’ of a regular saloon. Very where this puts the seating in BMW’s ever-growing lexicon of niche nomenclature, but I would offer ‘command-semi-command’ as a pretty clear indicator of where it stands

Inside the cabin of the new BMW X4

The cabin is standard Spartanburg-manufacturing facility fare which implies all the normal BMW traits with the odd rough edge and gaping hole between mouldings, although the boot has a astonishing 500 litres – surprising as the rear glass cuts by way of all the useful place you would generally get in an SUV. There’s 4 computerized closing on the bootlid too, and I am going to wager that owners will before long be screaming in angst as it retains popping back again up as stuff receives detected in the way at the tapered finish.

But the X4 is a a lot more proficient rapidly car than the X3, thanks to fifteen% stiffer springs and dampers and all models come with BMW’s Efficiency Manage, Variable Sports Steering and the xDrive all-wheel-generate technique as standard. Ours also experienced the £940 variable damper selection way too, and if it may be tough work to confirm exactly what all these items separately carry to the party, collectively they create an amazing-managing auto (for its kind), allowing it to stand up tall via corners with a much far more progressive roll than the odd lurch and then gamely gusseted bolster the most current Evoques have.

BMW X4 review: what’s it like on the road?

As a consequence it feels much more like a auto to travel than an SUV, and you can be reasonably aggressive turning the nose in with the weighty if somewhat lifeless steering, even on damp roadways, protected in the understanding that you aren’t heading to understeer into a bush. Flip in really hard, and you can feel drive being portioned out to the loaded-up rear wheel, kicking the automobile back again into line. But then, when are motorists of these types of autos going to get into such marginal territory?

We only received to push the xDrive 35i on launch, which we will not get in the Uk, and the 3 diesels we do (but didn’t, if you see what I imply) will be significantly far better suited. This revvy engine feels at odds with this variety of vehicle, even though the eight-speed vehicle is really slick: BMW has genuinely mastered tuning that ubiquitous ZF ‘box.

No question the 186bhp two.-litre, and 253bhp and 307bhp versions of its straight-six 3. turbodiesel will do it much more justice. Charges start at £36,995 for the 20d SE up to a whopping £48,995 for the 35d M Sport, which signifies it carries a four to five grand premium over an equivalent X3, although prior to you begin shaking your head in despair, it does appear with far more regular kit.

Verdict

So all issues regarded, if you want one, fantastic, I doubt any individual else’s impression is heading to make a ha’penny’s really worth of big difference. If given the decision, I’d consider the X4 in excess of Yoko’s fetid nether locations. But it really is a shut contact.

&gt&gt This BMW X4 review originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of Auto journal. Click on below for a preview of the newest issue and our greatest subscription prices