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BMW X4 review

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

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Driving

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

In an effort to make the X4 even better to drive than the already impressive X3, BMW has firmed up the suspension and pushed the rear wheels farther apart. And, sure enough, it handles remarkably well for such a tall car, turning into corners swiftly and suffering from little body lean.

True, a Porsche Macan has more communicative steering, but the X4’s still offers plenty of reassurance.

You might reasonably expect the downside of such a sporty drive to be poor ride comfort, but in reality the X4 is good at absorbing bumps and potholes – at least on the optional adaptive set-up fitted to our test car. You do feel the car shimmying around beneath you over scruffy roads, but it rarely thumps or jolts.

For now, there are just two engines to choose from and they’re both diesels. There’s a range-topping M40d using a 322bhp 3.0-litre but, for most people, the cheaper 187bhp 2.0-litre 20d model will make more sense.

The 20d still has four-wheel drive and a super-slick eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Plus, it endows the X4 with strong acceleration, is quieter than the equivalent Mercedes engine and sends next to no vibration back through the controls.

Wind noise is well suppressed, and while there’s some road noise at speed, it isn’t overly intrusive.

Later, the range will be expanded to include a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a less powerful version of the 3.0-litre diesel.

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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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M40i
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