The BMW X4 fills another niche that BMW seems to be so capable in finding, essentially bringing you a more coupe-esque X3.
BMW’s X3 comes solely with AWD and a choice of diesel engines.
Starting with the interior of the X4, it’s definitely spacious, capable of seating fairly tall people at the back with a 40:20:40 layout allowing for 3 people in the back (albeit at a bit of a squeeze if any of the rear passengers are like me and enjoy a full English for breakfast). Leg room is enough to sit comfortably too even with a taller passenger and driver at the front making longer distance journeys bearable.
From the perspective of the driver, it’s visible that the X4 didn’t benefit from a designers pen strokes, displaying a rather bland interior. Not to say that you don’t have what you need in easy reach, but the interior of the X4 makes me think of what it would be like to drive a filing cabinet on wheels.
The actual driving position of the BMW X4 is a fair bit lower than other SUV’s in the same market, making it feel like you’re driving a relatively smaller car. The standard equipment that comes with the X4 isn’t bad at all either, with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, media system and more, there is plenty of kit on-board to keep you entertained and relaxed.
Where the X4 starts to fall short however is in boot space. The enormous automatic tailgate slowly opens to a square, flat boot floor that actually holds 500 litres with the seats up and 1400 litres with the rear seats folded down, both figures being lesser than what the X3 offers and less than the Porsche Macan with the rear seats folded down.
The exterior of the BMW X4 is sculpted to offer a more sporty appearance, however even with the range topping X4 35d, 309bhp is what’s offered and 255bhp on the X4 30d, both achieve mileage in the high 40’s meaning they’re not too bad to run on a daily basis.
Overall the X4 definitely has the poke you’d expect out of a BMW, with enough space to take you and passengers around in comfort, however the interior lacks any sort of passion and it can soon grow tiresome to be sat in such a bland interior. The boot space also doesn’t inspire you with confidence, considering the cheaper X3 does boot space better. The X4 is on sale from £36,590.