2016 BMW X4 xDrive35d Review

2016 BMW X4 diesel Road Test and Review.

The 2016 BMW X4 range kicks off from $71,100, at the top of the range though is this tremendous new vehicle – the BMW X4 xDrive35d.

Powered by a 230kW/630Nm 3.0 litre straight-six turbo-diesel engine, this X4 was a hard car to hand back.

The BMW X4 is an interesting vehicle, sort of an SUV and kind of a hatchback, the X4 with the powerful diesel engine under the bonnet is also part sports car…one thing it is completely is a lot of fun!

The engine is just so willing, it’s quick – 5.2 seconds to 100km/h and will certainly give you a good shove when you put your foot down.

The engine also effortlessly climbs hills and is quiet and efficient too – I averaged 8.6L/100km and after a full week of driving I was still seeing more than 500km available range.

Matched with a smooth eight-speed automatic, brilliant ride and handling (especially for a rather top-heavy machine), near-perfect steering and enthusiastic brakes and you will be hard pressed not to love the drive provided by this BMW.

A couple of things that also stood out. Firstly, digital radio reception was 100% better than in the BMW 3 Series I had last week, this is a bit odd as both cars seem to have the same ‘shark fin’ aerial.

One thing that you need to make sure you tick the options box for is radar cruise control. This is available as part of the Driving Assistant Plus pack that will cost you an extra $3,300, get it, it really does make the BMW Cruise Control system (which is excellent), just that bit better and long drives easier.

The test car I had was also missing Head-Up Display – again, an optional extra ($2,000), but something well worth having.

Oh, and if you want anything other than flat white or black paint then you can expect to have to shell-out an extra $1,900 for metallic shades. While heated seats will cost you $760 per row.

Aside from the great drive the BMW X4 doesn’t really have any glaring faults.

The cabin is nicely put together and the design is classic understated BMW. Rear headroom isn’t amazing, but with that sloping rear roof/glass that shouldn’t come as a great surprise.

Legroom though and boot space, both quite good.

Probably one thing I think BMW may have overlooked with the X4 is a rear wiper. During the week I had the X4 it was fairly wet and rainy and the ability to be able to clear the drops off the rear glass would have been welcomed.

Standard features in the BMW X4 xDrive35d include tilt and reach steering adjust, digital radio, 16-speaker stereo, sat-nav, reverse and 2x front cameras, leather seats, electric seats up front, electric tailgate and push-button ignition.

On the outside, BMW has included 20” alloy wheels and bi-xenon headlights.

Summing it up; the flagship BMW X4 is worth every cent. It drives beautifully, does everything and leaves you wanting more.

You could make an argument that a few of the optional extras should be standard for this kind of money, though without spending an extra dollar it is still a more than likeable and usable vehicle.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 BMW X4 xDrive35d

Engine: 3.0 litre turbo-diesel producing 230kW and 630Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: Three years

Origin: United States

Price: from $89,900

About the author

Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder, editor and managing director of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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