X4 what is it good for?

Think of it as Ger­many’s an­swer to the Evoque

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@news.com.au

BMW’s X6 might di­vide opin­ion but that’s not stop­ping the maker pur­su­ing more odd-shaped cross­over cars.

The lat­est of these is the more com­pact X4, which ar­rives here in July. But the new car will be launched with­out a high-per­for­mance four-cylin­der petrol en­gine, which has proved pop­u­lar in the 3 and 4 Se­ries.

“There’s no doubt it is the sweet spot in our en­gine range and that’s largely the rea­son we haven’t got it at launch — right-hand drive mar­kets aren’t the pri­or­ity right now,” BMW’s Lenore Fletcher says.

Prices start at $69,900 for the X4 2.0i, or $73,400 for its diesel coun­ter­part.

The next tier is the 3.0-litre six-cylin­der per­for­mance diesel that al­most matches the petrol-pow­ered X4 35i’s ac­cel­er­a­tion fig­ures but eas­ily beats it on fuel use and torque at $83,900.

Top­ping the range at $87,900 is the 3.0-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine that does duty across the BMW line-up. All en­gines are paired with an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and on-de­mand all-wheel drive.

Stan­dard gear among the X4 vari­ants in­cludes an 8.8-inch touch­screen in­cor­po­rat­ing sat­nav and Blue­tooth with au­dio stream­ing, pow­ered front seats, bi-xenon head­lamps, adap­tive cruise con­trol, front and rear park­ing sen­sors and re­vers­ing cam­era.

Its com­pe­ti­tion will in­clude the likes of the Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Audi Q5.

The X4 is longer and lower than the X3 but all other di­men­sions, from width to wheel­base, are shared with the squared-off SUV.

The slop­ing back trims boot space from 550L in the X3 to a still ac­com­mo­dat­ing 500L but is also ex­pected to re­strict rear head­room for taller adults.

Fletcher ten­ta­tively pre­dicts the X4 20d may be the early favourite with buy­ers.

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