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DURBAN, KwaZulu-Natal – Coupé crossovers may have their detractors but they are undeniably popular. Here’s a statistic for the naysayers (welcome to the club!): since its launch in 2014, BMW has sold 200 000 examples of the outgoing X4. Want an even bigger number? in 2017, a third of all BMWs vended were X models and, ever since the first X5 hit the market in 1999, 5,6 million Xs have found homes.

So it’s little wonder BMW has chosen to engineer sleeker, numerically even versions of its staple SUVs and will soon launch ultra-luxurious X7 and X8 options.

Following the X2’s introduction earlier in 2018 is the new, second-generation X4. Based on the accomplished underpinnings of the still-fresh X3 (BMW wasn’t about to waste any time in bringing the new X4 to market, unlike its strategy with the previous model, which arrived late in that generation X3’s lifecycle).

The local market receives a 20i, 20d and M40i, with an M40d following early in 2019. You’ll notice no models in the mid-range, a trend reflected in the upcoming X5 line-up and one BMW SA says will be applied to most of its ranges – 2 and 4 Series, for example – because variants such as the 30i and 30d tend to sell in small numbers and therefore the cost of bringing them in is high.

Compared with the old X4, 2018’s model is longer and wider, but lower. The design is more resolved than before – gone is the Bauhaus blockiness that characterised the older vintage’s front-end – and the scythe-like rear lamps look great in the flesh, imbuing the X4 with a character notably distinct from the X3.

Like the X2, three design lines are offered – standard, M Sport and M Sport X (the latter two are optional) – while the M40i receives bespoke design cues.

Inside, the resemblance to the X3 is more striking … but that’s hardly a criticism. The SUV’s cockpit is a paragon of user-friendliness, class-leading infotainment technology, appealing materials and practicality. Of course, the X4 sacrifices some passenger space – although my 1,85-metre frame had no issues finding enough knee and scalp clearance in the second row – and boot room, but 525 litres for luggage is still more than the old model could muster and, to my eyes, looked generous.

The two entry-level models each boast a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine but drink from different pumps. Where the 20i wins the refinement game, the 1 998 cm3 unit staying remarkably smooth for a four-cylinder petrol right until the rev needle buts up against the redline, it can’t match the diesel’s in-gear urge. The oil-burner, conversely, sounds and feels a tad gruff. On balance, I would recommend the latter, though; it’s the slightly more pleasurable steer and lighter on fuel to boot.

Standard X4 variants incorporate the suspension tuning from X3 M Sport models, whereas X4 M Sport and M Sport X options stiffen the setup further. Thankfully, however, the ride remains well damped – impressively illustrated on a rutted gravel road on the way to our lunch stop – but it’d be wise to opt for the adaptive damping option, which widens the dynamic range and seems like great value at R8 600.

An element which irked me during our drive was the variable-ratio steering. In theory, the system demands less input at speeds of up to 50 km/h, while the gearing relaxes above 50 km/h. In practice, however, the setup exhibits a nervousness that’s initially tricky to come to grips with.

That’s really my only noteworthy criticism of the new X4. It’s good to look at, surprisingly practical, beautifully built and, like we’ve come to expect from BMW, impressively light on fuel. I still maintain the cheaper, roomier X3 is the one to get but, if you’re sold on the concept of a crossover-coupé, the X4 might just perform a coup on your cash reserves…

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Manufacturer Specifications

Standard - standard Optional - optional
  • Cloth upholstery: partial cloth + leather
  • Leather bolster spartial leather: Standard
  • Leather upholstery: partial cloth + leather (opt leather)
  • Seats quantity: 5
  • Split rear seat: Standard
  • Folding rear seat: Standard
  • Air conditioning: Standard
  • Climate control automatic air conditioning: Standard
  • Cup bottle holders: front + rear
  • Lumbar support adjustment: opt front electric
  • Front armrests: Standard
  • Heated ventilated seats: opt front heated / opt front + rear heated
  • Antilock braking system (ABS): Standard
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD): Standard
  • Brake assist (BAS/EBA): Standard
  • Traction control: Standard
  • Stability control: Standard
  • Hill descent control downhill brake control: Standard
  • Run flat tyres: Standard
  • Tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system: Standard
  • Driver airbag: Standard
  • Front passenger airbag: Standard
  • Front side airbags: Standard
  • Curtain airbags: Standard
  • Airbag quantity: 6
  • Lane departure warning: opt / opt lane keeping assist
  • Lane change blindspot warning assist monitor: Optional
  • Automatic drive away locking: Standard
  • ISOFIX child seat mountings: outer rear
  • Approach home safe lighting time delay park headlights: Standard
  • Directional turning headlights: opt LED
  • Adaptive headlights varying light distribution: Optional
  • Emergency brake hazardlights: dynamic flashing brake lights + hazards
  • Start stop button: Standard
  • Engine auto Stop Start idle stop ecostop: Standard
  • Hillstart assist hillholder: Standard
  • Alloy wheelsrims: Standard
  • Sports suspension: Standard
  • Electronically adjustable suspension: opt adaptive
  • Driving mode switch eg sport comfort: Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport
  • Power steering: Standard
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls: Standard
  • Head up display: Optional
  • On board computer multi information display: Standard
  • Navigation: Standard
  • Cruise control: std incl brake function (opt adaptive)
  • Active adaptive cruise control: Optional
  • Bluetooth connectivity: Standard
  • CD player: Standard
  • TV television: Optional
  • Aux in auxiliary input: Standard
  • USB port: Standard
  • Powersocket 12V: front + rear + boot
  • Central locking: remote (opt keyless)
  • Remote central locking: Standard
  • Key less access start hands free key: keyless start (opt keyless access)
  • Electric windows: front + rear
  • Rain sensor auto wipers: Standard
  • Auto dim interior mirror: Optional
  • Electric adjust mirrors: Standard
  • Heated exterior mirrors: Standard
  • Auto dimexterior mirrors: opt driver
  • Sun roof: opt sliding/tilting panoramic
  • Panoramic roof: opt sliding/tilting
  • Electric seat adjustment: opt front
  • Memory for electric seat adjustment: opt driver
  • Daytime driving running lights: LED
  • Light sensor auto on off lights: Standard
  • Xenon headlights: LED
  • Highbeam assist: Optional
  • Frontfog lamps lights: LED
  • Highlevel 3rd brakelight: Standard
  • Rear fog lamps lights: Standard
  • Camera for park distance control: opt rear / opt surround view
  • Rear spoiler: Standard
  • Towbar trailer hitch: opt electric detachable
  • Metallic pearl escent paint: Optional
  • Fuel Type: diesel
  • Fuel range average: 1214 km
  • Driven wheels: all
  • Driven wheels quantity: 4
  • All wheel drive: full-time
  • Gearratios quantity: 8
  • Gearshift: automatic
  • Transmission type: automatic
  • Transmission name: Steptronic
  • Gear shift paddles: Standard
  • Electromechanical parking brake: Standard
  • Front tyres: 245/50 R19 (opt 245/45 R20 / opt 245/40 R21)
  • Reartyres: 245/50 R19 (opt 275/40 R20 / opt 275/35 R21)
  • Length: 4752 mm
  • Width excl mirrors incl mirrors: 1918-2138 mm
  • Height: 1621 mm
  • Wheel base: 2864 mm
  • Ground clearance minimum maximum: 204 mm
  • Turning circle wheels body: 12 m
  • Load volume / capacity: 525-1430 L
  • Load volume / capacity: 1430 L
  • Unladen/tare/kerb weight: 1815 kg
  • Load carrying capacity / payload: 640
  • Gross weight (GVM): 2400 kg
  • Towing capacity - unbraked: 750
  • Towing capacity - braked: 2400
  • Fuel tank capacity (incl reserve): 68l
  • Fuel consumption average: 5.6 l/100km
  • CO2 emissions average: 148g/km
  • Emission control phase Euro EU level: 6c
  • Power maximum: 140 kW
  • Power maximum total: 140 kW
  • Power peak revs: 4000 r/min
  • Power to weight ratio: 77.1 kW/ton
  • Torque maximum: 400 Nm
  • Torque peak revs: 1750-2500 r/min
  • Torque maximum total: 400 Nm
  • Torque to weight ratio: 220 Nm/ton
  • Acceleration 0-100 kmh: 8.0s
  • Maximum top speed: 213 km/h
  • Engine position/ location: front
  • Engine capacity: 1995 cc
  • Engine size: 2.0l
  • enginedetailshort: 2.0TD
  • Engine + detail: 2.0 turbo diesel
  • Cylinder layout: inline
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder layout + quantity: i4
  • Cam: dohc
  • Valves per cylinder: 4
  • Valves quantity: 16
  • Variable camvalve timing: Standard
  • Variable valvelift: Standard
  • Turbocharger: Standard
  • Warranty time (years): 2
  • Warranty distance (km): unlimited km
  • Maintenance plan: Standard
  • Maintenance plan time (years): 5
  • Maintenance plan distance (km): 100000 km
  • Service interval indicator: Standard
  • Service interval (distance): service interval indicator km
  • Brand: BMW
  • Status: c
  • Segment: passenger car
  • MMcode: 05056211
  • MMVariant: X4 xDRIVE20d M SPORT
  • Introdate: 2018-08-01
  • DuoportarecordID: BMWX4_2h04

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