4 Things You Need To Know About The New BMW X4
The BMW X4 falls into a category of Sports Activity Coupe, or SAC for short. It basically is a vehicle that looks and feels like an SUV but has the looks of a Sports Coupe. BMW have been killing it since the introduction of the X6 in 2008. While the X6 is a Sports Coupe of the X5, where does the X4 sit? Well between the X3 and X5. Not too big and not too small but just right.
Now in it's second generation, the new X4 is now 50kg lighter, 81mm longer with 54mm of that going into the wheelbase to improve legroom and a boot with 525 litres. The rear of the car receives the biggest change with a more sportier coupe back and matching tailights to suit. Buyers of this car are really drawn to the vehicle based off of exterior styling and the image of the car that it gives. The new X4 does just that, it has presence and sophistication in a compact package smaller than its bigger X siblings.
The X4 now receives the latest look and feel of current BMW models. Standard is a three-zone climate control, cruise control with brake function, ambient lighting, keyless engine start and an automatic tailgate. Thicker and sportier steerings in M Sport variant, upgraded gear leavers, classier leather and dash aluminium finishes as well as the latest iDrive infotainment system with Apple Car Play. A standard 16.5cm screen is provided, while the optional 26cm Navigation System Professional gives you touchscreen functionality. A new generation Head-Up display is an option, as well as a digital instrument cluster, driver assistance gadgets, Cruise Control with Stop & Go plus Driving Assistant Plus pack with steering assist and Park Assist Plus. Convenience at your ease.
Get ready for some numbers. For now you will get a xDrive 20i, 20d and an M Performance M40i with a soon to follow M40d coming early 2019. The 20i is a petrol 135kW and 290Nm and will sprint to 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds, while our personal pick of the bunch, the 20d, is a 140kW, 400Nm diesel that is good and an 8.0 0-100km/h second time. This will also get you the best economy at 5.3 litres per 100km. The M40i now a M Lite, Thanks Joe Achilles, variant under the hardcore M models is good for 265kW and 500Nm, while the M40d pushes 240kW and 680Nm, with respective 0-100 times of 4.8 and 4.9 seconds. All models gets xDrive permanent all-wheel-drive as standard as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Should You Buy One?
The numbers don't lie. 200 000 X4s have been sold around the world since the first-generation was launched in 2014. While to some it may look and feel impractical, it does patch a gap in this ever growing market. There is no need for it yes, but if it is to be done, then it must be done well and BMW have done that extremely well. For the family of three expanding to four or the young urban vibrant individual or couple that want an SUV without the size, this is your car. With prices starting R843 000 for the 20i and 20d while the range topping 40i starts at R1 132 800, for the segment it is fair but still steep.
With fierce competition from Mercedes, Porsche and Range Rover, the X4 has some serious ground to make up in terms of performance, or does it?
The car market is so full of niches these days, manufacturers are having to make up for segments they never thought they would compete in. Mercedes created the 375kW GLC 63 and Porsche, the 298kW Macan Turbo so it is no surprise then for the second generation X4, BMW have decided to create an M version. For now, all we know is that it will have a 'high-speed inline 6-cylinder petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. Your guess is as good as mine, but we feel it might have the familiar S55 engine found in the current M4/M3.