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BMW X4 (2014–2018)

Last updated 15 January 2019

Coupe-inspired alternative to the X3. High level of standard equipment including electric tailgate and navigation. Impressively refined ride quality.
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Described as a 'sports activity coupe', the X4 is designed to be a more style-led alternative to the BMW X3 with sleeker looks and a lower roofline. For buyers who want the raised ride height of an SUV but don't want the bulk and size, the X4 is the perfect premium crossover.

This isn't the first time BMW has designed a coupe-like SUV of course. There was the X6, launched in 2008 and the X4 follows a similar formula. With a design similar to the 3 Series GT, it's less bulky than the X6 and less aggressive too. There are few obvious rivals in the market, although the Range Rover Evoque has already proved that there's a big appetite for a desirable premium SUV.

It has plenty of road presence with its narrow headlights while the fact it's longer and lower than an X3 adds to that sleeker appearance, helped by the coupe-esque roofline. That doesn't mean the X4 isn't practical though. It has plenty of interior space with good headroom for those in the back and a usefully large boot with 500 litres of carrying space.

On the move, the refinement of the X4 shines through. It's wonderfully quiet and relaxed helped by impressive ride quality and little road or wind noise. Yet it's still every inch a BMW when it comes to handling, with lovely weighted steering and great composure, giving you plenty of confidence in its cornering ability. All models come with xDrive four-wheel drive as standard.

The engine line-up is diesel only with three choices. In our opinion entry-level xDrive20d is the the most impressive and with 190PS it performs strongly and smoothly, yet still returns a claimed 54.3mpg with the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox, which we'd say is pretty much essential.

Alongside that are xDrive30d and xDrive35d models, both powered by the same 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. The latter boasts 313PS and 630Nm giving it a 0-62mph time of 5.2 seconds, but the 30d model is hardly a slouch and both offer effortless performance along with good economy.

Standard equipment levels are generous and all versions come with an electronically operated tailgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, 40/20/40 split rear seats, navigation, xenon headlights and heated front seats. The X4 does carry a hefty £3600 premium over an equivalent X3 but the extra equipment is worth more than £2000.

List Price from £43,875
Buy new from £38,566
Contract hire from £394.79 per month

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