We drive the BMW X4 2.0d
THE BMW X4, an underrated yet stylish X3 in my opinion, the difference purely being a coupe body design. Both are mechanically and dimensionally similar, but the X4 has a much sleeker or if I may say a lower profile.
Built on the same platform as the BMW X3, the X4 takes a more sporty approach in the way that it looks and drives. It’s both longer (+81 mm) and wider (+37 mm) than the outgoing X4 but sits some 3 mm lower. Combined with a weight-shed of around 50 kg, the new X4 is lighter and more agile than before.
The X4 looks good in the metal and its wider rear haunches, twin exhaust tailpipes, and sloping coupe-like roofline gives the X4 a powerful and sporty look. LED headlights are fitted as standard while adaptive LEDs are offered as an option. The double kidney grille is large and in charge and the contoured bonnet adds yet more visual muscle to the overall design. Buyers can choose between 3 trims including standard, M Sport package and M Sport while your specific tastes can be met by dabbling in BMW’s Individual range of options. A range of wheel sizes from 19- to 21-inches are also on offer.
The interior of the X4 is similar to the X3, it makes use of two screens one for the gauge cluster and one for the infotainment system which powered by BMW’s incredible iDrive infotainment system, which is highly intuitive and has some impressive features such as Satelite navigation, Apple CarPlay android auto. Automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and parking sensors come as standard on the X4;
Our test car come in the M sport X trim and had these M Sport seats that are very comfortable and offer extra thigh support, this comes in handy especially on those long journey.
There’s plenty of kneeroom and legroom for passengers in the back seat, however, the car’s sloping roofline eats into the headroom so your very tall friend is best seated in the front.
Our test car was the BMW X4 xDrive20d in the M sport X trim, It houses a 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque. This engine is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with steering-mounted paddle shifters that let you flick through the gears to exploit the engine’s capability. Furthermore, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive is standard, providing enhanced grip and drivability in all conditions.
The X4 drives superbly although it does give you a 3 series feel, the difference being the height from the ground. The AWD system allows a little rear wheel spin (in Sport mode, when you’re really asking for it) which is a thing the FWD-based stuff cannot allow, especially since most of that stuff hasn’t got 140kw to work with.
This engine offers consistent acceleration when it’s needed and manages to reach a beautiful balance between performance and efficiency. BMW claims an average fuel consumption figure of 5.6 L/100km and during my drive, I was averaging 7.6 L/100km.
The X4 blends the sportiness and elegance of a coupé with the engineering of a premium compact SUV. It’s perfect for those you like their Compact SUV’s a bit more stylish. The xDrive20d variant is priced as follows:
BMW X4 xDrive20i (Standard) – R843 000
BMW X4 xDrive20i M Sport X – R887 900
The BMW X4 is sold with a 2-year/unlimited km warranty and a 5-year/100 000 km