The BMW X4 Sports Ac­tiv­ity Coupe gets a make-over for its sec­ond gen­er­a­tion, says Emma Jayne Wil­liams

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The BMW X4 Sports Ac­tiv­ity Coupe, launched in 2014, is all new for its sec­ond gen­er­a­tion for 2019, with sportier pro­por­tions, a wider track, lower cen­ter of grav­ity, im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics, and up­dated sus­pen­sion set­tings.

The X4 com­mands at­ten­tion WITH A COUPE-LIKE ROOlINE, ATH­LETIC curves, and com­pelling colour choices.

A new panoramic two-panel moon roof lets in more light and air, with a power shade to re­duce glare as needed.

The X4 now has three-zone cli­mate con­trol and a seg­mentlead­ing 75 per cent larger mul­ti­colour head-up dis­play.

Stan­dard Nav­i­ga­tion Pro­fes­sional has a larger 10.25-inch touch­screen dis­play, iDrive Touch Con­troller on the cen­ter con­sole, and cloud-pow­ered in­tel­li­gent VOICE CON­TROL, REAL-TIME TRAFiC, AND park­ing in­for­ma­tion. Nav­i­ga­tion direc­tions and other driver-re­lated in­for­ma­tion are dis­played on the HUD JUST BE­LOW THE DRIVER ’S iELD of vi­sion.

X4 has stan­dard Ac­tive Guard with Frontal Col­li­sion Warn­ing, Au­to­matic City Col­li­sion Mit­i­ga­tion and Brak­ing in­clud­ing Day­time Pedes­trian De­tec­tion, and Speed Limit In­for­ma­tion.

The stan­dard Ac­tive Pro­tec­tion pre- and post-crash safety sys­tem IDENTIiES CRIT­I­CAL SIT­U­A­TIONS AND acts be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter an in­ci­dent. Two mod­els are avail­able: xDrive 30i, start­ing at $50,450; and M40i, from $60,450. Both have stand­alone de­sign fea­tures AND MODEL-SPECIIC 19-INCH LIGHTAL­LOY wheels. Col­ors, wheels, and in­te­rior trims vary de­pend­ing on the trim cho­sen.

A 248-horse­power 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo in­line four-cylin­der en­gine pow­ers the xDrive 30i, while a 3.0-litre BMW M Per­for­mance TwinPower Turbo in­line six-cylin­der en­gine pow­ers the M40i, both paired with an eight-speed Sport Step­tronic trans­mis­sion with steer­ing wheel pad­dle shifters, and Launch Con­trol func­tion.

BMW’s xDrive in­tel­li­gent all­wheel drive is stan­dard, as well as Driv­ing Dy­nam­ics Con­trol with Sport, Com­fort, Eco Pro, and Sport Plus modes.

XDrive per­ma­nent all-wheel DRIVE IS LIGHTER AND MORE EFiCIENT, with pre­cise elec­tronic con­trol of the rear-bi­ased 40/60 sys­tem chang­ing when road sur­face or driv­ing con­di­tions change, en­hanc­ing trac­tion over loose ter­rain for tremen­dous off-road ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The Dy­namic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol sys­tem with An­tilock Brak­ing, Brake Dry­ing, Dy­namic Trac­tion Con­trol, Au­to­matic Dif­fer­en­tial Brake, Cor­ner­ing Brake Con­trol, Dy­namic Brake Con­trol, Brake Standby, Brake Fade Com­pen­sa­tion, Start-Off As­sis­tant and Hill De­scent Con­trol en­hances the sporty, sure footed han­dling of the X4. DSC max­i­mizes trac­tion to all wheels, de­tects over- and un­der-steer­ing, and main­tains con­trol even in ad­verse con­di­tions or on tough sur­faces.

Per­for­mance Con­trol torque vec­tor­ing works with DSC, vary­ing drive torque to the rear wheels ac­cord­ing to the sit­u­a­tion at hand to help elim­i­nate un­der- and over­steer and in­crease di­rec­tional sta­bil­ity.

My xDrive 30i was an xLine sub-trim with spe­cial front and rear un­der­guard el­e­ments and rocker pan­els in Glacier Sil­ver metal­lic that ac­cen­tu­ated the ve­hi­cle’s off-road ap­pear­ance, and win­dow sur­rounds and styling ac­cents in satin alu­minum. The M Sport sub-trim starts at $53,170, with ex­clu­sive pack­ages, fewer ex­te­rior col­ors, and changes in the in­te­rior.

The Dark Graphite Metal­lic ex­te­rior ($550) of my X4 was one of nine avail­able. Alpine White and Jet Black are stan­dard, while Black Sap­phire Metal­lic (blue/ black), Dark Olive Metal­lic (black/ green), Fla­menco Red Metal­lic, Glacier Sil­ver Metal­lic, Min­eral White Metal­lic, and Phy­tonic Blue (deep royal) add $550.

XDrive 30i of­fers eight in­te­rior color and ma­te­rial com­bi­na­tions: Can­berra Beige/Black Sen­saTec, Black Sen­saTec; and Can­berra Beige/Black, ex­clu­sive Ta­cora Red

(mine), Black, Mocha, Oys­ter, and COGNAC VERNASCA LEATHER (iNER

grain) with con­trast stitch­ing and pip­ing ($1,700).

The in­stru­ment panel and door shoul­ders are stan­dard Sen­saTec. In­te­rior trims are avail­able in Dark Oak Wood, Alu­minum (mine), Fine­line Cove Matte Wood, and Gray Po­plar Wood.

The large BMW chrometrimmed kid­ney grille had a three­d­i­men­sional look with black bars trimmed in sil­ver and sil­ver ac­cents in the re­sult­ing pock­ets. Hor­i­zon­tal LED fog lights were in­te­grated into the outer air in­takes. Dy­namic twin LED head­lights had a cor­ner­ing func­tion.

A smoothly ris­ing sill line and an elon­gated Hofmeis­ter kink at the base of the C-pil­lar, along with a shoul­der line fol­low­ing the door han­dles to the three-di­men­sional LED REAR LIGHTS, AND THE ROOlINE dip­ping steeply to the rear, em­pha­sized the dy­namic char­ac­ter of the X4. Clean hor­i­zon­tal lines across the back and wide-set twin EX­HAUST TIPS MAGNIiED THE WIDTH of the rear.

Stan­dard 19-inch light-al­loy wheels were re­placed by 20-inch Y-spoke bi-colour or­bit gray wheels, wear­ing low-pro­file, PER­FOR­MANCE RUN-lAT TIRES ($950).

The in­te­rior was roomy and invit­ing, with re­designed sports seats fea­tur­ing boldly con­toured bol­sters for ex­cel­lent lat­eral sup­port and man­ual thigh ex­ten­sions on the front seats.

Alu­minum trim pieces had ac­cent strips in pearl-ef­fect chrome, giv­ing the doors and cen­ter stack an air of el­e­gance. The up­per door ac­cent pieces ex­tended to meet the dash, where an “X” logo was em­bossed into the sur­face — an un­ex­pected, eye-catch­ing de­tail.

Well-placed, easy-to-use con­trols were set in glossy black. Am­bi­ent light­ing in six se­lectable colours sur­rounded the cen­ter stack and in­stru­ment panel, high­lighted the door pan­els, and ac­cented the footwells.

Large stor­age trays, roomy door pock­ets, lots of cuphold­ers and smaller com­part­ments of­fered plenty of places to stow per­sonal items. Mul­ti­ple USB ports and a wire­less charg­ing pad ($400) un­der the cen­ter stack kept pas­sen­gers con­nected.

Three full-size seats in the rear with ad­justable back had an ad­di­tional inch of legroom, a 12-volt out­let, and ad­justable tem­per­a­ture con­trols. My X4 had Wi-Fi for up to 10 mo­bile de­vices.

Cargo ca­pac­ity in the trunk was 18.5 cu­bic feet, with a max­i­mum of 50.5 cu­bic feet with the 40/20/40 rear seat backs folded. Ad­di­tional hid­den stor­age was avail­able un­der the cargo floor. Slid­ing mul­ti­func­tion tie-downs were lo­cated on tracks on each side of THE CARGO lOOR.

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