The new BMW X4 is the little brother to the BMW X6, combining an SUV with a coupe in a vehicle based on the same platform as the BMW X3. It features xDrive all-wheel-drive and a choice of three diesel engines, delivering up to 54.3mpg (138g/km CO2) in the X4 xDrive20d SE.
There’s also an X4 xDrive30d xLine, with a 3.0-litre straight six-cylinder engine which returns 47.9mpg, and an X4 xDrive35d M Sport, achieving 47.1mpg – despite having 313hp, 630 Nm torque, and a 0-62mph time of just 5.2 seconds.
All the above economy figures are for the eight-speed automatic transmission. Only the X4 xDrive20d SE can be specified with a manual ‘box.
The BMW X4 offers more standard equipment than the BMW X3. For an additional £1,500 the xLine trim level is available. The M Sport model costs an additional £3,000 over the SE, and comes with 19-inch M Sport light-alloy wheels.
The BMW X4 xDrive20d is powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre diesel engine with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard but can be optionally specified with an the eight-speed automatic transmission.
EfficientDynamics technologies including Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units are standard across the range. Optionally available are 17-inch aero wheels with reduced-rolling-resistance tyres, which reduce the CO2 emissions of the BMW X4 xDrive20d and xDrive30d by a further 7g/km.
The BMW Driving Assistant offers additional potential for fuel saving. This technology uses route data supplied by the car’s navigation system to identify situations in advance which will require the car to slow down – e.g. on the way into towns and villages, speed limits etc. – and gives suitable recommendations.
The X4 is available with BMW’s excellent full-colour Head-up Display, which projects all important driving information and the assistance system displays into the driver’s field of vision.
The BMW X4 arrives in dealerships on 12 July, 2014 and will be priced from £36,590 for an X4 xDrive20d SE.
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