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Coupe-like crossovers may sound foreign, but BMW's making a native business out of catering to every configuration in the carmaking universe. BMW's been a chief proponent of stylized utility vehicles, and for 2015 it introduced its latest effort, the X4.
The 2016 BMW X4 doubles down on the recipe BMW tested with the bigger X6. The X4 simply takes an existing SUV—in this case, the X3—and tapers its roofline for a more intriguing look and less interior space. In doing so, it takes the more upright SUV shape and fashions a more direct rival for vehicles such as the Range Rover Evoque, Porsche Macan, even the Lincoln MKC.
The X4 offers the same aluminum and wood trim found on the X3, or a choice between xLine and Sport packages as options. The M Sport line adds special paint, M badges all around, sport seats, and bigger wheels and tires. The xLine trim is the same idea, just with a glossier look.
Like the X3, the X4 offers a choice among four-cylinder and two six-cylinder options. The base powertrain combines a sweet-spinning turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 rated at 240 horsepower with an equally talented 8-speed automatic in the X4 xDrive28 model. The turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 X4 is good for 300 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque in the X4 xDrive35i. With a Driving Dynamics Control system, you can select between several "attitudes"—including Eco Pro—to best fit your priorities. BMW estimates 0-60 mph times with the X4 xDrive28i owners at 6.0 seconds, the X4 xDrive35i, in just 5.2 seconds.
All X4 'utes get the usual standard features, including power locks, windows, and mirrors; cruise control; and keyless entry. The X4 also sports standard paddle shifters, sport steering, leatherette upholstery, power tailgate, automatic climate control, power adjustable front seats, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel. BMW's iDrive controller and infotainment display are standard on the X4, but navigation costs more. When optionally fitted, the iDrive controller gets a touchpad surface that will accept destination entry via scratching each letter out with a fingertip. This year, BMW expanded the X4's Bluetooth and USB connectivity with support for more phones, voice control for music, and office functions such as calendar management available on the system. A premium Hardon Kardon system is standard on turbo-6 models.
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