Test BMW X4 2018, More Muscle Keeping The Style
While the first units of the new BMW X4 arrive at the dealerships we had the opportunity to get behind the wheel to see how much it has changed compared to its predecessor. The SUV with a German coupe line puts the accent on a superb dynamic behavior.
The BMW X6 introduced in 2008 was the first Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) of the German brand, which is what they call the SUVs with coupe airs. A striking and controversial model since it was not as practical as a traditional SUV nor was it as sporty as a coupe. The sales figures gave the reason to BMW that in 2014 repeated the formula in a medium format, the BMW X4.
After more than 200,000 units marketed worldwide since its launch, the first generation of the BMW X4 gives way to its relief. The new model, completely updated, is already available in Spanish dealers after its world debut at the last Geneva Motor Show.
The appearance of the new X4 combines slender lines of the recently introduced BMW X3 accompanied by muscular lines that leave hint the dynamism of a model with a coupe silhouette. On the front the view goes to the huge double kidney grille and three-dimensional finish, imposing, accompanied by traditional double headlights with LED technology and horizontal fog lights to underscore the width of the vehicle.
In the side view, the protagonist is, evidently, for the roof fall that has been redefined with respect to the previous model, being softer and more harmonious, extending the characteristic Homiest curve. A tight fold runs through the door handles to the rear headlights and the wheel arches have a slightly hexagonal profile housing wheel with wheels between 18 and 21 inches.
The rear of the X4 stands out for its clean lines, It has a few rear pilots with very stylized three-dimensional sculpture and all versions have a double exhaust, which is not integrated into the bumper against fashion. The model launches four new colors for the body: Photonic Blue, Flamenco Red, Sparkling Storm brown and Sunstone Metallic beige.
With respect to its predecessor, the exterior dimensions of the BMW X4 have varied proportions because it has grown in length (+81 mm), width (+37 mm) and wheelbase (+54 mm). At the same time it is lower (-3 mm), lighter (up to 50 kg less) and has a more optimal aerodynamic coefficient (Cd 0.30).
The equipment levels are known as Advantage, xLine and M Sport, in addition to an exclusive BMW Individual options and the innovative M Sports X finish. The latter is characterized by moldings in Frozen Gray color as well as air intakes, skirts side panels and specific back protector.
All versions offer standard features such as LED headlights, electric tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, leather multifunction sports steering wheel, variable sports steering, three-zone automatic climate control, and BMW Connected Drive services.
The interior is modern and elegant. The design is identical to the one shown on the X3 and gives a luxurious atmosphere, with perfect settings, very pleasant materials to the eye and touch, galvanized door frames with embossed X logos and adjustable ambient lighting with six colors. The only negative point is that the Bavarians have also been tempted to resort to the undesirable bright black plastic in the center console.
The list of extras is very long (and expensive) allowing you to configure each unit to the smallest detail. These options propose, among other things, the new Vernasca leather upholstery in Tacora Red exclusively for the X4 or a huge panoramic electric opening sunroof with 924 millimeters in length and 890 millimeters in width.
The German coupe SUV can also count on the key with BMW Display Key screen that premiered the flagship Series 7. On its 2.2-inch touchscreen, you can check fuel level, autonomy available, lock the doors, close the windows and control the auxiliary heating system.
The list of gadgets is endless, some as practical as the magnificent Parking plus Assistant with the overhead view, panoramic view and 3D visualization with a 360º image of the vehicle and its surrounding area, others of more doubtful utility as the multimedia system with control of gestures, rather imprecise.
In the rear stool has gained something slower for the legs and the head, although the free height in the rear seats is still the most critical level of the X4 compared to the X3 due to the fall of the roof. Even so, passengers of up to 1.85 m in height will travel comfortably behind.
The cargo space has also grown to reach a good 525 liters capacity of the trunk, providing this model with greater versatility of use and standing slightly above that of its great rival, the Mercedes GLC Coupé. The base is at a remarkable height forcing many heavy objects that you want to enter inside, whose hollow is very usable and is perfectly topped. The backrest of the rear seats can be folded in a 40:20:40 ratios to achieve up to 1,430 liters of volume.
The mechanical range consists of two gasoline engines X4 xDrive20i (184 hp) and X4 xDrive30i (252 hp) and three diesel X4 xDrive20d (190 hp), X4 xDrive 25d (231 hp) and the blunt X4 M40d (326 hp). The latter is the only mechanic with six cylinders in line; the rest is made up of four cylinders.
Later the range will grow. The arrival of the X4 M40i (360 hp) and the X4 xDrive30d (265 hp) is scheduled for August and the more vitaminized fuel variant personified in the brutal BMW X4 M will surpass 450 hp. All the versions are associated with a sport automatic eight-speed Steptronic gearbox and the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
All the propellers comply with the new Euro 6d emission regulations. For this, the manufacturer in Munich uses a particulate filter for petrol and particulate filter engines, an oxidation catalyst, a NOx absorption catalyst and an SCR catalyst with AdBlue injection in the diesel. The active grille, the active wing, and the air curtains, among other measures, achieve that the aerodynamic drag is reduced by 10%, improving the efficiency in the advance.
Unlike the X3, totally oriented to comfort, this model puts the accent on sportsmanship. For this purpose, it proposes a limited slip differential, a wider rear track, and a firmer tare suspension. In addition, an optional adaptive suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers is provided to adjust its behavior to driving style and road conditions.
The behavior is superb from the dynamic point of view. In addition to the aforementioned, the medium-sized SUV coupe of the German brand benefits from a lower center of gravity than its predecessor, a configuration of the intelligent all-wheel-drive system that favors the rear-end distribution and the Performance Control function that varies the distribution of torque between the rear wheels to optimize grip.
Anyway, the personality of the X4 can be transformed, as usual in BMW models, with the Driving Experience Control that modifies different parameters to achieve a more sporty or comfortable configuration. In the most efficient mode, the X4 proves to be very comfortable but without reaching the exquisite point of the X3.
Although not its natural habitat, the new BMW X4 increases the off-road capabilities of the previous model. The ground clearance is 204 mm and has a wading depth of 500 millimeters. The entrance and exit angles are 25.7 ° and 22.6 ° respectively and the central angle is 19.4 °. Values far from those of a vehicle with a decidedly off-road approach but which at least allow us to depart from the asphalt safely provided we do not look for great difficulties
The new generation of the BMW X4 emphasizes everything that its predecessor put on the table: a strong image, a dynamic behavior within reach of few SUVs and a luxurious and comfortable interior. It is still not as practical as an X3, but it brings a great dose of differentiation to conquer for its image. In this evolution, it becomes an even more suggestive car and is on sale from 62,002 dollars.