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BMW X4 review

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18 Dec 2015 14:28 | Last updated: 18 Sep 2018 13:43

In this review

Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

If you’re buying an X4 with cash, it will cost you several thousand pounds more than an equivalent X3. But, perhaps more importantly, it’s also pricier than its closest rival, the Mercedes GLC Coupé, and PCP finance deals aren’t especially tempting.

Running costs are more impressive, with the 20d model averaging just over 50mpg in official tests, compared with the 46.4mpg of the most efficient GLC Coupé.

However, in our most recent reliability survey, BMW rated only average (17th out of 32 manufacturers) and was behind Audi.

Even entry-level Sport-spec X4s come with most of the equipment you’re likely to want, including leather upholstery, satellite navigation, cruise control, automatic emergency braking and adaptive LED headlights.

Upgrading to M Sport trim brings larger alloy wheels, sports seats, semi-digital instruments and more aggressive styling, while M Sport X cars also have a panoramic glass roof and contrasting grey body cladding.

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Verdict

There are plenty of more practical SUVs, but few are as enjoyable to drive as the BMW X4

  • Sharp handling
  • Smooth diesel engine in 20d
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Pricey to buy
  • Limited rear head room
  • Some blindspots
There are 5 trims available for the X4 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
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Sport
While the entry-level spec on the X3 is called SE, on the X4 it’s Sport, hinting at the fact that sports suspension is standard. Leather upholstery, satellite navigation, cruise control and automat...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport cars wear a bodykit that turns the X4’s coupé-on-steroids looks up another couple of notches. Plus, they have bigger wheels (19in instead of 18in), heavily bolstered sports seats and semi-d...View trim
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M Sport X
Want your X4 to look like it might actually be taken off road? Then this is the trim for you, thanks to its contrasting grey body cladding. However, a panoramic glass roof is also included, and thi...View trim
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M40d
The M40d closely mirrors the M Sport spec available on lesser X4s, but adds 20in wheels (in place of 19in ones), twin trapezoidal exhausts, a black rooflining and BMW’s traction-enhancing M differe...View trim
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