So you want a car that has the visual presence of an SUV, but the looks of a sports car? An odd combination, but one that saw surprising success in the BMW X6. The German brand launched a miniaturised variant, dubbed the X4, in 2014. Now there’s a new one.

Based on the same platform as the all-new BMW X3, the sportier X4 looks to be a bit more grown-up with softer creases and rounded edges. It retains the sloping coupe roofline but intricate 3D lighting and a more pronounced shoulder line delivers on sophistication. 

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That theme continues on the inside where you’ll find the latest generation of BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system. A 10.25-inch touchscreen can be had along with a head-up display and three-zone climate control. The 2018 BMW X4 is also longer and wider than before in a bid to boost practicality. There’s now 525-litres of boot space, 25-litres more than before, thanks to some additional underfloor storage.

2018 BMW X4
2018 BMW X4
2018 BMW X4

At launch there will be two petrol and two diesel engines on offer. A 184bhp xDrive 20i kicks off the range followed by the xDrive 30i. The 2.0-litre xDrive 20d is the most efficient claiming over 52mpg combined and the 30d is the most potent oil-burner. All cars come standard with all-wheel drive.

BMW M Performance models will follow soon after and will include an M40d powered by a 326bhp 3.0-litre diesel. Top dog of the range will be the M40i that packs 360bhp and gets from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds.

Prices start from £43k and you can place an order from today. The new BMW X4 will make its debut at the Geneva motor show and is to hit UK roads in July.

Gallery: 2018 BMW X4