X4 what is it good for?
Think of it as Germany’s answer to the Evoque
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.