BMW

BMW X4 DIESEL ESTATE xDrive30d MHT M Sport 5dr Auto [Tech Pack]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2159 g/km

BMW tells us this second generation X4 model is a 'sports coupe'. Whatever your take on that, this sporting crossover is certainly an interesting take on fashionable family motoring. If you can afford the fee, it's a tempting take on the mid-sized premium-badged SUV genre and if you like the looks, then you'll probably like everything else because it's pure BMW. It's even a little more practical than you might expect. True, the world may not need another car like this - but you certainly might.

FIT FOUR PURPOSE?

BMW is leaving no stone un-turned in its efforts to fill every possible premium market automotive niche with desirable products. Here's another one - the second generation version of the company's fashionable X4. By Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

BMW tells us this second generation X4 model is a 'sports coupe'. Whatever your take on that, this sporting crossover is certainly an interesting take on fashionable family motoring. If you can afford the fee, it's a tempting take on the mid-sized premium-badged SUV genre and if you like the looks, then you'll probably like everything else because it's pure BMW. It's even a little more practical than you might expect. True, the world may not need another car like this - but you certainly might.

Background

If you're at all familiar with the Munich maker's model line-up, then you'll get the idea behind this car immediately. In 2008, the company brought us a design they badged as the 'X6', a kind of sportier coupe-like version of their established X5 luxury SUV. Against the odds, the X6 has since been a profitable car for the brand, so in 2014, the same concept was down-sized with the first generation X4, a sportier coupe-like version of the squarer, more practical X3 compact SUV. This second generation X4 is very much a refinement of the original, with slightly lighter weight, sharper looks, a classier cabin and a greater level of media and autonomous driving tech. There's also extra cabin space and a larger boot. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

As before, the X4 range focuses on diesel power, with most buyers, as before, likely to opt for the volume xDrive 20d variant with its familiar 190hp 2.0-litre black pump-fuelled engine. Next up in the range is the six cylinder xDrive 30d with 265hp. This engine also comes in 326hp form with the M40d model. There's also a top petrol-powered variant for the first time, the six cylinder M40i, with 360hp. All model variants direct their engine's power to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission and feature BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard. The standard-fit Driving Experience Control switch lets drivers choose from SPORT, COMFORT and ECO PRO set-ups, while six cylinder models also add a SPORT+ mode.You certainly won't lack for performance. Even the base xDrive 20d variant manages 62mph rom rest in 8s en route to 132mph, figures the six cylinder xDrive 30d improves substantially to 5.8s and 149mph. For the M40d, you're looking at 4.9s and 155mph. BMW has tuned the suspension of the X4 to offer a more focused feel than that of the X3 and the intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system splits drive between the rear wheels continuously, plus as required, optimising traction, turn-in and directional stability. The Variable Sport Steering system is fitted as standard and an xDrive status display makes a bid for what might be the most gratuitous use of graphics in a car with the three-dimensional display of the car's body roll and pitch.

Design and Build

This second generation X4 is 81mm longer than its predecessor, with 54mm added to the wheelbase and 37mm of extra width. It is also lower by 3mm. All of these elements come together to give it dynamically stretched proportions that emphasise its perfect 50:50 weight distribution and hint at the enhanced performance potential. It retains the brand's trademark BMW kidney grille and twin headlight units, while the smarter horizontal LED fog lights integrated into the outer air intakes form a fresh interpretation of the familiar X model face. All models feature Adaptive LED headlights as standard. The side profile is marked out by a sweeping shoulder line, with clearly defined haunches and distinctive wheel arches. Inside, there's now more of a premium feel to the driver-focused layout of the cockpit. Vernasca leather upholstery is standard and top-class materials, precise build quality and a host of meticulously crafted details set the tone for what BMW hopes is this model's more individual character. Three full-size seats are fitted in the rear compartment, providing passengers with an additional 27mm of legroom over the previous model. Don't expect to get quite as much boot space as in an X3 but 525-litres should be enough and there's the versatility of 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, plus the standard-fit automatically opening tailgate makes loading easy.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £44,500 for the base xDrive 20d, which represents a step up from the previous generation line-up. That's quite an ask, but BMW seems very confident it'll find buyers for the X4. The top M40d variant costs just over £58,000. Still, it's not as if this Munich model needs a whole lot of extras. Even the standard Sport trim gets an automatically opening tailgate, Variable Sport Steering, 18-inch light-alloy wheels, front and rear Park Distance Control, Performance Control and Xenon headlights. That's on top of a Sport leather steering wheel, heated front seats and BMW's Business Media package. A far wider choice of optional extras compared to the outgoing model offers greater scope for X4 personalisation. The range includes electrically adjustable seats, heat seating for the front and rear and active seat ventilation. A panoramic glass roof with much larger dimensions than before is available, plus side acoustic glass. Another interesting option is the BMW Display Key. Fuel level, remaining range and service information are all shown on its 2.2-inch touch display, while the key can also be used to lock the doors, close the windows and operate the optional auxiliary heating system.

Cost of Ownership

If you've heard talk that diesel engines are planet-polluting brutes, then shelve that for a moment while you examine the black pump-fuelled powerplants on offer here because they're nothing like that. BMW's raft of technological measures includes turbochargers with variable inlet geometry and common-rail direct injection systems operating at pressures of up to 2,500 bar. All model variants comply with the requirements of the EU6d emissions standard. And the brand talks of significant weight savings this time round - an average of 50kgs. Enough with the tech; what about the figures? Well, the X4 xDrive 20d variant most will choose manages up to 47.9mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and up to 153g/km of CO2. Move up to the six cylinder xDrive 30d model and you're looking at up to 46.3mpg and up to 159g/km. Even the M40d manages up to 43.5mpg and 169g/km. Want to know about the petrol M40i model? Well that returns 31.7mpg and 203g/km. What else might you need to know? Well, routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. You can check all of this using menus in the 'iDrive' centre-dash display and the car will give you four weeks' notice of when a check-up is needed so you have plenty of time to book it. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles.

Summary

Inevitably, a model of this kind will continually divide opinion. The people who don't like it will tell you to buy a cheaper, more practical X3 - but then they're probably the same people who can't see the point of anything prioritising style over substance. In any case, this X4 does have substance to its proposition - at least when it comes to efficiency, quality and low running costs. It's even reasonably spacious and practical. Don't be dissuaded then, if you'd like one. This may not be quite the sharpest dynamic contender in its segment but it's still an astonishingly rewarding steer for something based on SUV underpinnings. Yes, there's an element of compromise in its packaging but the world would be a dull place if we only bought cars on a pragmatic basis. File this one under 'unexpectedly likeable'.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Windscreen wipers with adjustable interval
  • Acoustic glass

  • M Sport braking system
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • ADB - Automatic Differential Brake
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Hill descent control
  • Brake drying
  • Braking pre-tensioning

  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Five link rear suspension
  • M sport suspension

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging

  • Attentiveness assist
  • Variable sports power steering

  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Auto start-stop

  • Condition based service
  • iDrive Controller with 8 favourite buttons
  • BMW professional navigation with 10.25" touch display
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional with 12.3" instrument display with Intelligent Voice Assistant
  • Wifi hotspot preparation
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Exterior temperature gauge
  • Head up Display
  • On board computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Personal Profile
  • BMW Online services
  • Run flat indicator

  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Automatically dimming electrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function

  • Larger capacity fuel tank
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
  • DAB Digital radio
  • BMW gesture control
  • Harman Kardon loudspeaker system

  • Lightweight engineering
  • M designation side exterior badges
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • M Exhaust tailpipes - Quad, round, split left and right with high gloss black finisher 90mm
  • Model designation
  • Satin aluminium exterior trim
  • High gloss black door sill finishers
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Black finish on B pillars
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • M aerodynamic bodystyling

  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Welcome light carpet
  • LED Indicators
  • LED High level third brake light
  • Full LED L shape 3D tailights

  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning

  • Front and rear bottle holders integrated into door trim storage compartments
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
  • Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console, front and rear door trims and under luggage compartment
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Cupholders in centre console
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Front and rear door armrests
  • Removable rear parcel shelf
  • Leather gear knob
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Storage pockets - front doors
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment

  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front/rear courtesy lights with soft on/off dimming
  • Ambient lighting
  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting

  • Connected Package Professional - X4

  • Automatic door lock when driving away
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Crash Sensor - activation of central locking release, hazard warning light and interior lighting
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Deactivation of fuel pump in the event of a crash
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Front seat belts warning
  • Front and rear pre-tensioning and force limiting seatbelts
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • 3 rear seatbelts
  • Side impact protection
  • Driver/front passenger airbag
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Twin horns

  • Height adjustable front/rear head restraints
  • Front sports seats
  • Three rear headrests

  • Incorrect fuel protection system
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm

  • Performance Control
  • Sport automatic transmission

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 213
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 141
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 159
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B57D30O2
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 2993

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.6

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 286
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 42E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport [Tech Pk]
  • Coin Description: d xDrive
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6

  • Engine Power - KW: 210
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 479
  • Engine Torque - NM: 650
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 286
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.7
  • Top Speed: 152
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 66.3

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/50 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/50 R19
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 698

  • Width (including mirrors): 2138
  • Height: 1621
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4752
  • Width: 1918
  • Wheelbase: 2864

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1930
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2530
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 68
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 525
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 600
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1430
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.1

  • Sun protection glass: £320

  • Front/rear Parking distance control: Included
  • Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter: Included
  • Active cruise control with stop and go: £620
  • Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera: £500
  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention: Included
  • Reversing assist camera: Included
  • Parking assistant: Included

  • Black Sensatec instrument panel with Blue contrast stiching: £500
  • Galvanic embellisher for controls: £110
  • High gloss dark oak wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £150
  • High gloss fine wood poplar grain grey interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £150
  • BMW Individual piano black trim with highlight trim finishers: £500
  • Aluminium rhombicle interior trim with pearl chrome finish: Included
  • Aluminium fine cutting interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £0

  • Electric dual tilt/slide panoramic glass sunroof: £1,190
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £0
  • High gloss black shadow line roof rails: £265

  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £0
  • High beam assistant: £0
  • Adaptive LED Headlights: Included

  • BMW Extended individual merino leather upholstery: £990
  • Heated steering wheel: £170
  • Vernasca leather upholstery: Included

  • Visibility pack - X4: £495
  • Comfort pack - X4: £890
  • Comfort plus pack - X4: £1,950
  • Driving assistant pack - X4: £670
  • Driving assistant plus pack - X4: £1,750
  • Extended storage pack - X4: £190

  • Metallic - Sophisto Grey: £0
  • Metallic - Phytonic blue: £0
  • Metallic - Flamenco red: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Glacier Silver: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support: £265
  • Heated front and rear seats: £280
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats: Included
  • Electric seat adjustment with memory: £0
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Fully electric towbar: £850

  • Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching: £0
  • Extended individual Merino leather - Ivory white/Black: £990
  • Extended Individual Merino leather - Fiona red/Black: £990
  • Extended individual Merino leather - Tartufo/Black: £990
  • Vernasca leather - Black with grey contrast stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Cognac with mocha contrast stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey contrast stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Mocha with night blue contrast stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Tacora red with decorative stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Black with red contrast stitching: £0

  • Run flat tyres: Included

  • 19" M double spoke light alloy wheels - style 698M in bicolour ferric grey: Included
  • 21'' individual V spoke light alloy wheels in bicolour orbit grey - style 726 with run flat tyres: £1,400

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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