2014 BMW X4 review: Less practical, more expensive BMW X3

Introduction

The BMW X4 is the rakish, 'coupe' version of the X3 mid-sized premium SUV. It is sold in the UK in a six-strong model line-up powered entirely by diesel engines, while all examples come with xDrive four-wheel traction as standard. The X4 is designed to appeal to buyers who want the practicality and security of an SUV, with some of the visual élan of a sports car thrown in, and to that end the X4 is supposed to be a sharper steer than its closely-related X3 stablemate. It competes in a class with the sportier SUVs offered by rivals, such as the Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Macan, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

 

Body Style: SUV Coupe               Seats: 5                   MRP from £37,635 - £50,735

  

Did you know? BMW makes petrol X4s for other markets – including the superb M40i high-performance model, with 360hp and a sub-five-second 0-62mph time.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 6.0 / 10

If you can live with the idea of a less practical and yet more expensive version of the BMW X3, then there’s little reason to avoid the X4. Its peculiar appearance won’t win over everyone, but by the same token the sweeping roofline is the main reason that buyers who do decide to take the plunge will opt for the X4 over and above the X3 in the first place. Beyond the concept of an SUV ...