BMW X4

The 2016 BMW X4 – A Sports Coupe

We at Auto & Generals have been reviewing variety of luxury cars from top-notch automakers. In our effort to review, we make sure we do not miss out on anything, with a motive to help the buyers take informed decisions. Well, coming to current trend, crossovers are something people prefer these days, for these offer more space, higher ground clearance, and feeling of an SUV. The car under review today is the 2016 BMW X4; it comes under the category of small sports utility vehicles. Let’s see what all it has in store for us.

BMW X4

Overview

The 2016 BMW X4 can be said as the extended version of the X3, or let’s call it a hatchback X3. The car is offered in three trims, all with different engine options ranging from 240 hp to 355 hp. The cabin is intimate, especially the rear seat. All-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission come standard in all trims. The 2016 X4 looks pretty overall, but can be questioned when it comes to utility. Brakes are slightly on a weaker side, which can said as a major downside. Driving is excellent. Let’s check out some external and internal features of this pretty machine.

Interior and Exterior

The car weighs over 4,100 lbs, has an overall length of 184.3 inches, width of 74.1 inches, and height of nearly 64 inches with a wheelbase of 110.6 inches. Minimum ground clearance is 8 inches and the car can accommodate 5 decently-sized people quite easily. As said earlier, the X4 is pretty, both outside and inside.

The X4 gets all the common external features that you’ll find in other BMW X-series cars. Some of the noticeable features include express open/close sliding & tilting glass 1st row sunroof with sunshade, power auto-dimming side mirrors with power folding, speed-sensitive rain-detecting variable intermittent wipers with heated jets, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with delay-off, front & rear fog lamps, and perimeter lights.

Inside feels luxurious and spacious. Some of the noticeable internal features are power front bucket seats with 8-way power adjustable front seats and 2-way manual adjustable headrests, 40-20-40 folding bench rear seat, remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, illuminated entry and panic button, garage door transmitter, cruise control with steering-mounted controls, dual-zone front automatic air conditioning with HVAC including underseat ducts and console ducts, illuminated locking glove box, day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver & passenger visor vanity mirrors with driver and passenger illumination, front & rear map lights, fade-to-off interior lighting, cargo area concealed storage, cargo including tray and lights, FOB controls included for trunk, windows and sunroof, engine immobilizer, and three 12V DC power outlets.

Entertainment and Infotainment

The X4 is spacious aptly equipped with entertainment and infotainment features for your long and short drives. Some of the gauges included are speedometer, odometer, engine coolant temperature, tachometer, trip odometer, trip computer, systems monitor, outside temperature gauge, and analog display.

In terms of entertainment, you get radio with anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player including the Radio Data System (RDS). Additionally, radio comes with seek-scan, clock and steering wheel controls. You also get a Hi-Fi sound system with 9 speakers and 205-watt digital amplifier. Furthermore, the X4 includes Satellite Radio Preparation with pre-wiring for SiriusXM satellite radio tuner. There is also HD radio with multicast FM station reception, enhanced USB & Bluetooth compatibility along with 1 LCD monitor in the front.

Engine and Performance

The 2016 BMW X4 is a 4-door all-wheel-drive crossover available in three trims, with base trim equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 240 bhp at 5,000 rpm and max torque of 260 lb-ft at 1,450 rpm. The 8-sp automatic transmission stays common to all the trims. The higher-power trims churn out 300 hp and 355 hp, respectively.

The X4 reaches from 0 mph to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and can attain top speed of 144 mph.

Fuel and Economy

Nearly all the BMW X-series cars are pretty economical and have somewhat identical figures when it comes on paper, with a minor tweak here and there. With these being performance-based machines, one shouldn’t expect (or over expect) much from these in terms of economy. Yet, the X-series is fairly okay in this department.

The BMW X4 has an approximate fuel tank capacity of 17.7 gallons taking its highway cruising range to nearly 500 miles. The estimated highway fuel economy is 28 mpg and in-city fuel economy is 20 mpg.

Safety Features

The X4 consists of all the standard safety features you’ll find in most of the BMW cars. Some of the safety features are 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS, front & rear vented discs, brake assist, hill descent control, hill hold control, electric parking brake, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with delay-off, front & rear fog lamps, DSC+ Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Stability Control (RSC), ABS and Driveline Traction Control, side impact beams, dual-stage driver & passenger seat-mounted side airbags, BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S., rear parking sensors, tire-specific low tire pressure warning, dual-stage driver & passenger front airbags, curtain 1st & 2nd row airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, and rear child safety locks.

Some of the optional safety features and packages are Driver Assistance Package, Driver Assistance Plus, Park Distance Control, Rear View Camera, and Surround View.

Price and Availability

The 2016 BMW X4 is available in three trims, with base price starting from $46,245. The price range goes up to $58,795.

Production and deliveries are on its way. Just call your nearest BMW Dealership to check for availability of the trim you wish to check out.

Final Verdict

The 2016 BMW X4 is a nice car. We like it in terms of appearance both inside and outside, but there are better options available in the market, we believe. The X4 is priced slightly higher than one can expect and is slightly less on utility per few users. It can anytime be a good option for people who wish to go for BMW X3; the X4 will give you a higher hatchback model.

Unless you are a BMW fanatic and do not find any other alternative appealing, do not go for the 2016 BMW X4. It is slightly pricier. As far as other downside about X4 is concerned, the brakes can be named. Appalling stopping distances can make you reconsider your choice. Give it a test drive and decide for yourself.

Anyhow, some of the other options in compact luxury crossover segment within the same (or slightly higher) budget that can be considered are Porsche Macan S, Mercedes-Benz GLC-class, Cadillac XT5, Audi Q5, Lexus RX, and Lincoln MKX.

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