X

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.

Wayne_Cunningham.jpg
Wayne_Cunningham.jpg

Wayne Cunningham

See full bio
2015 BMW X4
1 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
2 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
3 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
4 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
5 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
6 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

All-wheel drive comes standard in the X4.

2015 BMW X4
7 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The hatchback allows for easy access to the cargo area.

2015 BMW X4
8 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
9 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

Rear bench seats fold down to allow more cargo room.

2015 BMW X4
10 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

Rear headroom is only somewhat impacted by the roofline.

2015 BMW X4
11 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

An electric power-steering includes comfort and sport programs.

2015 BMW X4
12 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
13 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
14 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

BMW wide LCD includes this simple main menu design.

2015 BMW X4
15 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

Sport and Sport Plus modes tighten steering and throttle response.

2015 BMW X4
16 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
17 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

The Sport display shows real-time horsepower and torque.

2015 BMW X4
18 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
19 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
20 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
21 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
22 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
23 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

2015 BMW X4
24 of 24 Wayne Cunningham/CNET

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

More Galleries

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More
John Cena attends Warner Bros. premiere of The Suicide Squad, in costume as Peacemaker.

2022's Best TV Shows You Can't Miss on Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus and More

95 Photos
Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More
thor4

Movies Coming in 2022 From Marvel, Netflix, DC and More

85 Photos
The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022
zelda-cnet-2.jpg

The Best Games on Nintendo Switch in 2022

36 Photos
The 51 Best VR Games
astro-bot-rescue-mission-screen-02-ps4-us-18may18

The 51 Best VR Games

53 Photos
2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan
2023 Toyota Crown

2023 Toyota Crown Is One Funky Hybrid Sedan

48 Photos
24 things you should never, ever google
snape

24 things you should never, ever google

25 Photos
DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths
img9412.jpg

DIY scratched screen repair: Magic and myths

10 Photos