BMW X4 20d XDRIVE M Sport

£45,600

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - Drives -

En­gine 1995cc, 4cyl TD, AWD, 190bhp, 400Nm Per­for­mance 0–100kph in 8.0secs, 212kph, 5.6L/100km, 146g/km CO2 Weight 1815kg It’s go­ing to take you a while to con­vince me the X4 is a de­sir­able ex­pres­sion of cross­over style. So let’s move the con­ver­sa­tion else­where: to the sac­ri­fices it de­mands if you’re to be seen in this dis­tinc­tive sil­hou­ette. You might be ex­pect­ing re­duced space. But no, not to any great ex­tent. The back seat is nearly as gen­er­ous as the re­lated X3’s, and so is the boot (though the fast­back tail in­hibits the seats­down car­riage of wardrobes).

Strangely, the real prob­lem is the drive. To make it ‘sporty’, the X4’s sus­pen­sion has been clamped down and its steer­ing stiff­ened up. That process has muf­fled and eroded its flu­ency ver­sus the X3, never mind a sen­si­bly specced F-Pace or Ma­can. Pity, be­cause the driv­e­lines and in­te­rior are just fab. But then they’re just like the X3’s. PH

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