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