BMW X4 20d XDRIVE M Sport
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