Performance & drive
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 BMW X3, BMW has firmed up its suspension and pushed its 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.