What's the used BMW X4 estate like?
Strewth! BMW has been hitting the niches hard to try and cater for every taste. The regular X3 is a fine used large SUV that has a bit of a sporting flavour to it, but you can also have an X4, which takes everything the regular car does but turns up the wick on the handling and wraps it all up in a more swoopy, coupé-inspired package. Think of the X4 as an X6-lite.
There are only a limited number of petrol engines on offer new with the X4, and until they filter onto the used market, most examples of the X4 are powered by diesel. Even the 187bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel used by the 20d is smooth and doesn’t send any unwanted vibrations through to the interior. The 261bhp 3.0-litre 30d is even stronger still, while both the 322bhp 3.0-litre M40d and 345bhp 3.0-litre M40i petrol are for the power hungry.
Perhaps one of the best feature of the interior is the iDrive infotainment system which is easy to use thanks to a rotary controller and various, well positioned short-cut keys. Equipment levels are generous because entry-level Sport versions have 18in alloys, sat nav, a reversing camera and parking sensors, leather seats and LED headlights. M Sport adds 19in alloys, an upgraded 10.25in infotainment screen that comes as part of the professional media package, along with a digital instrument cluster; top-of-the-range M Sport X has a panoramic glass roof and plenty of grey exterior highlights.
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