2019 BMW X4 (2nd Generation)


Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport 2018 UK review

Should I buy one?

Before options, our M Sport specification test car came in at £44,300, making it more expensive than a comparable Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé or Alfa Romeo Stelvio. That said, its combination of sweeter driving dynamics and comfortable, well-equipped cabin go a considerable way to justifying this premium.

And while its four-cylinder diesel engine may offer combined fuel economy of up to 52.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 142g/km, some may find it just lacks a bit of the performance you might expect from a car that looks the way the X4 does.

That said, the 261bhp six-cylinder diesel offered in the forthcoming xDrive30d model is likely to prove a capable remedy for those not wanting to fork out for the M40i and M40d M Performance models. Watch this space.

BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport specification

Where Cotswolds, UK Price £44,300 On sale now Engine 4-cyl, inline 1995cc, turbocharged, diesel Power 187bhp at 4000rpm Torque 295lb ft at 1750 Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1815kg Top speed 132mph 0-62mph 8.0sec Fuel economy 52.3mpg CO2 143g/km Rivals Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover Evoque, Alfa Romeo Stelvio


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Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Euro NCAP Crash Test of BMW X3 / X4



Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Carbuyer review



Executive Member
Jun 9, 2006
BMW throws M Performance parts at its X2, X3 and X4

- M Performance side-mirror caps
- M Performance decals
- M Performance front grille in high-gloss black
- New alloy wheel designs
- M Performance floor mats
- M Performance steering wheel
- Shift paddles are available in high-gloss carbon-fibre, with “plus” and “minus” symbols in anodised red.
- LED door projectors replace the standard entry light and project a graphic onto the ground when the door is opened
So basically the "M performance" package has the same affect on performance as some Monster stickers?


Senior Member
May 12, 2014
A normal X3 looks better than this X4. The previous gen looks okay, but this gen is just too ugly.


Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Watch new BMW X4 being subjected to the ‘Moose Test’

The folks over at Spanish publication km77 have put the new BMW X4 through the dreaded Moose Test, with the Munich-based brand’s coupé-style crossover earning a “good” rating.

In the video below, the X4 – in this instance, the xDrive20d derivative – is subjected to one of the toughest handling tests out there, designed to simulate an animal suddenly running in front of a moving vehicle.

As we’ve pointed out before, though, whereas the Swedes usually perform the evaluation at about 60 km/h, this test from the Spaniards is conducted at higher speeds.

The X4 (here running on optional 20-inch alloys wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport rubber, in the sizes 245/45 up front and 275/40 at the rear) was put through the test first at 77 km/h. However, the driver failed to complete the manoeuvre, citing the “sharp” intervention of the stability control.

After a few more attempts and defter use of the steering, the driver completed the test successfully at 77 km/h, the highest speed managed on the day. For the record, the xDrive20d employs a 2,0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine worth 140 kW and 400 N.m.

Watch the clip below, which includes a slalom test, to see just how the BMW X4 performed (take note that the commentary is in Spanish)…




Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
BMW X4 (2018) Specs & Price

BMW will be introducing its new second-generation X4 in South Africa this month. Take a look at what you can expect in terms of specification and pricing…

The new X4 shares many similarities with the more mainstream X3, on which it is based, with both of them being manufactured on the same production line at BMW's Spartanburg factory in the USA, where over 1 400 X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 models are produced daily.

The new X4 will come up against some stiff competition in the premium medium-sized SUV segment, including the likes of the Range Rover Evoque, the Porsche Macan, the Volvo XC60 and, most directly, the Mercedes GLC Coupé.

Exterior Styling

The new X4, like its X3 sister, is based on BMW's CLAR (cluster architecture) platform, which makes extensive use of aluminium and high-strength steel to result in better rigidity. It also makes the new X4 50kg lighter, despite being 81 mm longer (4 752 mm) and 37 mm wider (1 91 8mm). Ride height has been reduced by 3 mm to 1 621 mm and the wheelbase is 54 mm longer (2 864 mm), with a claimed perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The lower centre of gravity will contribute to sportier handling.

The X4 wears a large double kidney grille with LED headlights and wrap-around taillights seen at the rear along with dual exhaust pipes finished in chrome. The X4 will be offered with 3 trim choices including Standard, M Sport and M Sport X, each of which offers distinctive design elements. Some of the optional equipment on offer includes a panorama sunroof, electrically-operated tow bar and adaptive LED headlights.

Four new exotic-sounding colours are available: Phytonic Blue, Sparkling Storm, Flamenco Red and Sunstone metallic.

Interior bits

The interior of the X4 shares many similarities with that of its sibling the X3, and has been upscaled to have a more premium feel along with redesigned seats. BMW's latest iDrive system is part of the package and incorporates a 6.5-inch display and iDrive controller. The system offers navigation and as well as Bluetooth, MP3 and USB functionality. Other notable standard features include a leather multifunction steering wheel, 3-zone climate control air conditioning, automatic tailgate, cruise control with brake function, ambient lighting, electronic parking brake and manually adjustable seats.

The new X4 will for the first time be available with exclusive options from the BMW Individual portfolio, allowing a vehicle configuration closely tailored to buyers’ personal style preferences. Luggage space has been bumped up to 525 litres, or 1 430 litres with the 40:20:40 split seats folded down.

Engine Choice

A total of 3 engine options will be offered in South Africa, including 2 petrol engines and 1 diesel engine. M performance models can be expected at a later stage.

The petrol range kicks off with a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbopetrol engine in the X4 xDrive20i with 135 kW and 290 Nm of torque which is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption is claimed at 7.8 L/100km and this derivative is capable of sprinting from zero to 100 kph in 8.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 215 kph.

The local X4 range will be headlined by the M40i derivative powered by a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbopetrol engine with 265 kW and 500 Nm of torque on tap. The M40i makes use of an 8-speed sports automatic transmission with a claimed fuel consumption figure of 9.2 L/100km. Acceleration from zero to 100 kph takes 4.8 seconds and top speed is pegged at 250 kph.

Finally, the only diesel option is the X4 xDrive20d which makes use of a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine with outputs of 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque and is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW claims a fuel consumption figure of 5.6 L/100km. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in 8.0 seconds with a top speed of 213 kph.

The latest version of BMW's xDrive four-wheel-drive system (with a rear-wheel bias) is employed, which uses torque-vectoring to vary the amount of power sent to each wheel.

Road manners

The newcomer’s more athletic looks are backed up with sportier performance and better handling characteristics. Up front, there is double-wishbone suspension (as on the X3), and all models have M Sport suspension and speed-sensitive electro-mechanical Servotronic steering directing the 19- to 21-inch wheels. Adaptive suspension will be offered as an option.

The X4 will be most comfortable on good surfaces, but it's not going to turn up its nose at a spot of modest off-road meandering. Ground clearance is fair at 204 mm, while fording depth is 500 mm and ramp, approach and departure angles are 19.4, 25.7 and 22.6 degrees respectively. To compare apples with apples, the Pure version of the Evoque has 213 mm ground clearance, fording depth of 500 mm and ramp, approach and departure angles of 22, 23.2 and 33 degrees respectively.

We will be driving the new BMW X4 on local soil this month, so be sure to look out for our impressions in the near future.

New BMW X4 - Price in SA

BMW X4 xDrive20i (Standard) - R843 000

BMW X4 xDrive20i M Sport - R887 900

BMW X4 xDrive20i M Sport X - R887 900

BMW X4 xDrive20d (Standard) - R843 000

BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport - R887 900

BMW X4 xDrive20d M Sport X - R887 900

BMW X4 M40i - R1 132 800



Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
BMW's next-generation X4 now available in South Africa: We have all the details, prices, and specs

The all-new BMW X4 is here to write the next chapter in the success story of the first ever Sports Activity Coupe at the premium end of the mid-size class.

Approximately 200 000 units have been sold around the world since the first-generation X4 was launched in 2014.

Standout features

It underscores its individual character with significantly enhanced driving dynamics, standout exterior design accentuating the car’s sporting instincts, a further refined premium ambience in the interior, state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and leading-edge connectivity technologies.

Added to which, the dynamic and extravagant aura of the Sports Activity Coupe is further highlighted by the addition of two BMW M Performance models to the line-up.

Dynamic proportions and athletic styling

The exterior design of the all-new BMW X4 is a case study in muscular dynamics and commanding presence. Clean surfacing and high-class, modern accents headline this updated interpretation of the unmistakable X4 aesthetic.

The X4 assumes the role of an eye-catching athlete in the X model family. An increase of 81mm in exterior length to 4 752mm, 54mm added to the wheelbase (now 2 864mm) and an extra 37mm of width (1 918mm) lend the all-new BMW X4 dynamically stretched proportions.

In the centre of the striking front end stands a large BMW kidney grille in a three-dimensional look. Twin LED headlights with dynamic contours as well as horizontal fog lamps to form a new interpretation of the familiar six-eyed face espoused by X models.

The precise shoulder line – which takes in the door openers en route to the rear lights – and the character line between the wheel arches break up the surfaces of the car’s flanks.

This creates clearly defined haunches, which are additionally emphasised by the drawn-in glasshouse at the rear. The coupe-style roofline slides into the rear window with an elegant flourish before dipping down more steeply to the rear. Horizontal lines, the LED rear lights that project out from the car’s body with their three-dimensional shaping, and the twin exhaust tailpipes (shared by all engine variants) magnify the width of the rear end.

Standalone design features and model-specific 19-inch light-alloy wheels are part of the specification for the M Sport X and M Sport model variants, which allow the design of the exterior and interior to be tailored to reflect personal tastes. And customers can now also choose from the BMW Individual range of options.

Sporting character with a modern, premium feel

The driver-focused layout of the cockpit, low instrument panel and slightly raised seating position all help to create a supremely assured driving experience.

Redesigned sports seats with boldly contoured side bolsters and knee pads on the sides of the centre console add to the sense of sportiness.

The surfaces of the instrument panel and door panelling merge smoothly into one another, while the X logos embossed into the electroplated surfaces of the doors provide striking details.

Further splashes of electroplated detailing, the new Vernasca leather upholstery and an instrument panel in Sensatec trim can all be found on the extended list of optional extras, as can three-zone automatic climate control, active seat ventilation, ambient lighting, as well as the Ambient Air package, the BMW Display Key and the generously dimensioned panoramic glass roof.

Large stowage trays, roomy door pockets, cupholders and various storage compartments are all testimony to the functional qualities of the car. There are three full-size seats in the rear offering more legroom than before.

Load space can be expanded from 525 to a maximum of 1 430 litres by folding down the sections of the rear backrest, with its standard 40:20:40 split. And the optional cargo function allows the backrest angle to be individually adjusted, too.

Dynamic, efficient and versatile

Customers will be able to choose from two petrol engines and one diesel engine from the launch of the X4. The line-up is spearheaded by a duo of BMW M Performance models.

The six-cylinder in-line petrol engine musters up a maximum output of 265kW. It is powered by a 240kW straight-six diesel unit and draws its drive power from a four-cylinder diesel engine to generate 140kW and 135kW.

All model variants direct their engine’s power to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard.

It boasts a marked increase in agility combined with a high degree of ride comfort, courtesy of chassis technology that has been systematically refined and honed for the specific requirements of the Sports Activity Coupe and a centre of gravity lower than that of the BMW X3.

Standard specification includes not only M Sport suspension and the Performance Control function but also variable sport steering. M Sport brakes and Adaptive Suspension with electronically controlled dampers are both optionally available.

The BMW M Performance models come equipped as standard with 20-inch light-alloy wheels, specially designed M Sport brakes and an M Sport differential, which generates a precise locking effect at the rear wheels to help the car power out of corners with refreshing dynamic élan.

An intelligent material mix has made it possible to bring about a substantial weight saving, not just in the chassis but also in the body’s construction and numerous other components besides.

The BMW EfficientLightweight measures make the new model up to 50kg lighter than its predecessor.

Expanded operating system, cutting-edge driver assistance systems and new BMW ConnectedDrive functions. The iDrive display and operating system in the car includes a freestanding Control Display that is optionally available in a 10.25-inch version with touchscreen functionality.

The voice control system has undergone further improvement and can now follow freely formulated instructions. BMW gesture control, the multifunctional instrument display and the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display are also available as options.

The range of comfort- and safety-enhancing driver assistance systems has been extended once again. The Driving Assist Plus safety package includes the new-generation Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, the Steering and lane control assist, the Lane Keep Assist with active side collision protection.

The new Parking Assist Plus feature also comprises the Top View, Panorama View and 3D View functions. The Remote 3D View function gives drivers the ability to call up a three-dimensional live image of their vehicle and its immediate vicinity on their smartphone. Also available as an option is the telephony with wireless charging for compatible smartphones.


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Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
BMW's brawny looking X4 launched in SA

BMW’s second-generation X4 goes on sale in South Africa this week, packaging all the good technological stuff found in the latest X3 into a more aggressive-looking coupe-inspired wrapping, and with chassis mods to match.

Despite a weight loss of up to 50kg depending on model, the newcomer is 81mm longer than its predecessor, with 54mm of that going into the wheelbase to improve rear legroom. It’s also got a vast but relatively shallow boot that swallows 525 litres.

The local range kicks off with three models in the form of xDrive 20i and 20d four-cylinder models and an M40i six-cylinder performance flagship, while the M40d ‘super diesel’ is set to follow in early 2019.

The 20i is powered by a 2-litre turbopetrol rated at 135kW and 290Nm and it’ll sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds, according to BMW. The 20d, powered by BMW’s familiar 2-litre turbodiesel, is good for 140kW, 400Nm and an 8.0 second acceleration time.

The M40i petrol model generates 265kW and 500Nm, while the M40d pushes 240kW and 680Nm, with respective zero to 100 times of 4.8 and 4.9 seconds.

All models gets xDrive permanent all-wheel-drive as standard as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission - with sportier tuning in the case of the M40i model.

The xDrive has a rearward torque distribution bias in all versions of the X4, while M Sport suspension and variable ratio steering are also part of the deal. In addition, the M40i and M40d receive an M Sport differential, as well as M Sport braking and 20-inch alloys with mixed tyres. Those wanting to adapt the chassis characteristics can opt for Adaptive Suspension with adjustable dampers, or the M-tuned version thereof in the case of M40i and M40d.

The '40' models are further distinguished by M-specific interior and cabin styling features, including 20-inch alloy wheels, Cerium Grey exterior trim, sports seats and that obligatory M badging.

The ‘20’ models can be visually beefed up (inside and out) through optional M Sport and M Sport X packages.

The X4's interior is based on the X3's, thus also featuring the latest-generation iDrive command centre.

A 16.5cm screen is standard, while the optional 26cm Navigation System Professional gives you touchscreen functionality and a tile-style layout. A new generation Head-Up display, boasting a vastly expanded projection area, is also on the options list, as is a multi-mode digital instrument cluster and driver assistance gadgets such as Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, the Driving Assistant Plus pack with steering assistance and Parking Assistant Plus.

Standard kit includes three-zone climate control, cruise control with brake function, ambient lighting with six colour choices, keyless engine start and an automatic tailgate.


X4 xDrive20i - R843 000

X4 xDrive20d - R843 000

X4 M40i - R1 132 800


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Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
DRIVEN: BMW X4 xDrive20i and X4 xDrive20d Steptronic

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…

Model:BMW X4 xDrive20i | X4 xDrive20d Steptronic
Price:R850 337 | R846 542
Engine:2,0-litre, 4-cyl, turbopetrol | 2,0-litre, 4-cyl, turbodiesel
Power:135 kW | 140 kW
Torque:290 N.m | 400 N.m
0-100 km/h:8,3 sec | 8,0 sec
Top Speed:215 km/h | 213 km/h
Fuel Consumption:9,4 L/100 km | 6,7 L/100 km
CO2:178 g/km | 148 g/km
Transmission:8-spd AT
Maintenance Plan:Five-year/100 000 km







Expert Member
Dec 13, 2005
More than a bar for a X4. Fahrk that.
Even the 2 litres with optional extras will take you close to a mil. They are also seriously under powered. 8.3 seconds to 100 km/h? Ag shame, that's almost 2 seconds slower than the Volvo XC40 T5 2 litre.