BMW X4 xDrive for 2019.
The BMW X4 Sports
Activity Coupe, launched in 2014, is all new for its second
generation for 2019, with sportier proportions, a wider track, lower
center of gravity, improved aerodynamics, and updated suspension
The X4 commands
attention with a coupe-like roofline, athletic curves, and
compelling color choices.
A new panoramic
two-panel moon roof lets in more light and air, with a power shade
to reduce glare as needed.
The X4 now has
three-zone climate control and a segment-leading 75 percent larger
multicolor head-up display. Standard Navigation Professional has a
larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display, iDrive Touch Controller on
the center console, and cloud-powered intelligent voice control,
real-time traffic, and parking information. Navigation directions
and other driver-related information are displayed on the HUD just
below the driver’s field of vision.
X4 has standard
Active Guard with Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic City
Collision Mitigation and Braking including Daytime Pedestrian
Detection, and Speed Limit Information.
The standard Active
Protection pre- and post-crash safety system identifies critical
situations and acts before, during, and after an incident.
Two models are
available: xDrive 30i, starting at $50,450; and M40i, from $60,450.
Both have standalone design features and model-specific 19-inch
light-alloy wheels. Colors, wheels, and interior trims vary
depending on the trim chosen.
2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine powers the
xDrive 30i, while a 3.0-liter BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo
inline six-cylinder engine powers the M40i, both paired with an
eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission with steering wheel paddle
shifters, and Launch Control function.
intelligent all-wheel drive is standard, as well as Driving Dynamics
Control with Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro, and Sport Plus modes.
all-wheel drive is lighter and more efficient, with precise
electronic control of the rear-biased 40/60 system changing when
road surface or driving conditions change, enhancing traction over
loose terrain for tremendous off-road capabilities.
The Dynamic Stability
Control system with Antilock Braking, Brake Drying, Dynamic Traction
Control, Automatic Differential Brake, Cornering Brake Control,
Dynamic Brake Control, Brake Standby, Brake Fade Compensation,
Start-Off Assistant and Hill Descent Control enhances the sporty,
sure footed handling of the X4. DSC maximizes traction to all
wheels, detects over- and under-steering, and maintains control even
in adverse conditions or on tough surfaces.
torque vectoring works with DSC, varying drive torque to the rear
wheels according to the situation at hand to help eliminate under-
and over-steer and increase directional stability.
My xDrive 30i was an
xLine sub-trim with special front and rear underguard elements and
rocker panels in Glacier Silver metallic that accentuated the
vehicle’s off-road appearance, and window surrounds and styling
accents in satin aluminum. The M Sport sub-trim starts at $53,170,
with exclusive packages, fewer exterior colors, and changes in the
The Dark Graphite
Metallic exterior ($550) of my X4 was one of nine available. Alpine
White and Jet Black are standard, while Black Sapphire Metallic
(blue/black), Dark Olive Metallic (black/green), Flamenco Red
Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, and
Phytonic Blue (deep royal) add $550.
XDrive 30i offers
eight interior color and material combinations: Canberra Beige/Black
SensaTec, Black SensaTec; and Canberra Beige/Black, exclusive Tacora
Red (mine), Black, Mocha, Oyster, and Cognac Vernasca leather (finer
grain) with contrast stitching and piping ($1,700).
The instrument panel
and door shoulders are standard SensaTec. Interior trims are
available in Dark Oak Wood, Aluminum (mine), Fineline Cove Matte
Wood, and Gray Poplar Wood.
The large BMW
chrome-trimmed kidney grille had a three-dimensional look with black
bars trimmed in silver and silver accents in the resulting pockets.
Horizontal LED fog lights were integrated into the outer air
intakes. Dynamic twin LED headlights had a cornering function.
A smoothly rising
sill line and an elongated Hofmeister kink at the base of the
C-pillar, along with a shoulder line following the door handles to
the three-dimensional LED rear lights, and the roofline dipping
steeply to the rear, emphasized the dynamic character of the X4.
Clean horizontal lines across the back and wide-set twin exhaust
tips magnified the width of the rear.
light-alloy wheels were replaced by 20-inch Y-spoke bi-color orbit
gray wheels, wearing low-profile, performance run-flat tires ($950).
The interior was
roomy and inviting, with redesigned sports seats featuring boldly
contoured bolsters for excellent lateral support and manual thigh
extensions on the front seats.
Aluminum trim pieces
had accent strips in pearl-effect chrome, giving the doors and
center stack an air of elegance. The upper door accent pieces
extended to meet the dash, where an “X” logo was embossed into
the surface – an unexpected, eye-catching detail.
easy-to-use controls were set in glossy black. Ambient lighting in
six selectable colors surrounded the center stack and instrument
panel, highlighted the door panels, and accented the footwells.
Large storage trays,
roomy door pockets, lots of cupholders and smaller compartments
offered plenty of places to stow personal items. Multiple USB ports
and a wireless charging pad ($400) under the center stack kept
Three full-size seats
in the rear with adjustable back had an additional inch of legroom,
a 12-volt outlet, and adjustable temperature controls. My X4 had
Wi-Fi for up to 10 mobile devices.
Cargo capacity in the
trunk was 18.5 cubic feet, with a maximum of 50.5 cubic feet with
the 40/20/40 rear seat backs folded. Additional hidden storage was
available under the cargo floor. Sliding multifunction tie-downs
were located on tracks on each side of the cargo floor.
Real-Time Traffic Information with updates every three minutes
advise the driver of traffic incidents on the current route –
green is flowing traffic, yellow is minor or modest congestion, and
red is heavy congestion. During route guidance, events on the
calculated route are overlaid on the map.
The iDrive operating
system provides more flexible and ergonomic control of vehicle,
navigation, communication, and infotainment functions, with
tile-style menu layout on the freestanding monitor. The latest voice
control allows natural speech patterns to find points of interest,
such as “find a bakery near me.”
A Premium Package
($1,600) included Gesture Control, allowing driver or passenger to
adjust volume, accept or reject calls, and otherwise interact with
the iDrive system with hand movements. The package brought a heated
steering wheel, heated front seats, and the head-up display. Comfort
access keyless entry, lumbar support and SiriusXM radio were
included in a Convenience Package for $1,000.
($500) and Driving Assistant Plus ($1,700) brought Blind Spot
Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Daytime Pedestrian Protection,
Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Cross
Traffic Alert rear, and Speed Limit Information; Active Cruise
Control with Stop and Go, Active Lane Keeping Assistant with Side
Collision Avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant, Evasion Aid, and Cross
Traffic alert front and rear.
BMW Connected digital
services are iOS and Android compatible – customers can use Amazon
Echo or Google Assistant to remotely check fuel levels, lock the
vehicle, activate climate control and more.
vehicle-to-vehicle communication with digital mapping company Here
sends advance warning of hazardous traffic situations to the
navigation system of the pertinent vehicle and other BMWs in the
vicinity. It’s sort of BMWs interpretation of radio-to-radio
information for truckers.
A Parking Assistance
Package ($700) helps locate a parking space, then steers the vehicle
into the spot, either parallel or perpendicular. The package
included Parking Assistant Plus, Active Park Distance Control, a
rearview camera, and Surround View with 3-D view. Parking Assistant
Plus has the ability to park the vehicle remotely, using a
compatible mobile device.
ParkNow and On-Street
Parking Information, available in select cities, allow the driver to
search remotely for available parking, and to book and pay
electronically where applicable.
Control ($1,000) adjusts suspension settings on the fly, monitoring
each wheel, adjusting compression and rebound from soft to firm,
depending on the current driving conditions, for the most comfort
and best handling possible.
measures included Active Protection, which pre-tensions belts and
closes windows and the moon roof when an accident situation is
imminent. An Attentiveness Assistant monitors the driver’s
behavior for signs of fatigue or inattention, then displays a
notification suggesting a break.
Pedestrian Detection illuminates the person or animal, flashing a
red icon, sounds an alarm and prepares the brakes. Intelligent
Emergency Call has automatic location and severity detection, even
below the threshold for air-bag deployment, and help is available at
the push of a button, or automatically if needed.
With a ground
clearance of eight inches and a fording depth of 19.6 inches, the
BMW X4 is ready to conquer nearly any terrain.
My X4 was attractive,
comfortable, versatile and well equipped with lots of special
features. With $10,100 in options and added features, and $995
destination charges, my X4 delivered for $61,545.