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BMW X4 combines sport, rugged (pictures)

BMW's new X4 comes with a coupe roofline, a hatchback, four doors, and sits up high on all-wheel drive, an automotive mash-up that is more crossover than the competition.

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BMW introduced the X4 last year, a new model that serves as a smaller and cheaper version of the X6.

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The X4 has four doors, but uses a coupe-like roof.

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Sitting higher off the ground than its 3-series cousin, the X4 has an SUV-like front-end.

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In this xDrive28i model, the engine compartment is barely filled by the 2-liter four-cylinder engine.

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With its odd styling, the X4 is more crossover than what other automakers call a crossover.

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All-wheel drive comes standard in the X4.

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The hatchback allows for easy access to the cargo area.

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This model includes the M Sport package, with sport seats and suspension.

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Rear bench seats fold down to allow more cargo room.

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Rear headroom is only somewhat impacted by the roofline.

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An electric power-steering includes comfort and sport programs.

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BMW retains analog dials instead of employing an LCD instrument cluster.

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The sculptured drive selector shares space on the console with the latest iDrive controller.

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BMW wide LCD includes this simple main menu design.

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Sport and Sport Plus modes tighten steering and throttle response.

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Eco Pro mode deadens the throttle response and reduces climate control power.

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The Sport display shows real-time horsepower and torque.

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The X4 is not a real offroader, but BMW includes this display showing the car's pitch and roll angles.

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The optional rearview camera shows trajectory lines and includes object detection.

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The navigation system's maps are very rich, but the system does not include lane guidance.

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The optional phone cradle is very convenient, if you have an appropriate phone.

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Apps integrated through the phone include social media and music services.

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Built-in apps, using the X4's own data connection, include destination search and fuel prices.

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Spotify, integrated through BMW ConnectedDrive, is one of the newest apps to find its way into BMW models.

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