Strengths: Well-built interior, excellent infotainment system and great handling
Weakness: Looks may not please everybody, boot practicality hampered by tapered rear and back seats for people less than 6 foot
Our view: You pay quite a bit for a car that is actually a restyled X3 equipped with a few more options, so begging the question whether the X4 is worth its price tag. The best way, of course to find out is to try the car out yourself with any of the friendly sales agents further below and see if you like it. We think there are plenty of things to like and if you value these, then this is a car for you. If not, we suggest you have another look at the X3, buy that one and save some money by taking git on a nice family road trip vacation.
In the below video our friend from Driving Sports US shows you the car and tells how good it is. He has the same version of the X4 xDrive30i M Sport that is available in Malaysia so is very much what you’ll get here in the CDK one (he has the CBU). In Malaysia the Apple CarPlay may not be wireless like in Dude’s car.
Who’s this car for?
The X4 is clearly a niche market car, though having said that, there are some arguments for it over the X3 on which it is based. But are these worth the extra Rm47,000? Both have the same xDrive30i M Sport package, so it is just styling and the options added for Malaysia and there are some noteworthy to mention. The X4 gets the same options as the X3, though in addition, we see a nice Harman/Kardon surround sound system vs the standard one in the X3, A nice coloured head-up display which the X3 doesn’t have, The X3 doesn’t have the panoramic glass sunroof of the X4, the X4 gets Adaptive LED Headlights and Driving Assistant, both lacking on the X3, and Dynamic Damper Control is only found on the X4. One can conclude that the X4 will be slightly more fun to drive and has a few luxury features that make the car look posher. So for a well to do young couple with smaller kids that do not mind the rear seating position being less spacious, and do want to put the engine to work on occasion in a spirited drive, the additional costs of the X4 over the X3 may be well worth it. If that’s you, why not try the car out today?
Anything you need to know?
The X4 is equipped with many of the usual safety features, including Hill Descent Control, which is a very useful feature when coming down our mountainous roads. This will ensure you do not overheat your brakes and hence may avoid trouble. A good safety feature. On the flip side, there’s still no autonomous emergency braking.
The car can connect your iPhone through Apple’s CarPlay, but BMW will charge you for it each year…this is a bummer. Android phone owners are even more out of luck as there’s nothing for them.
So come over to the BMW dealership or contact any of the friendly sales advisors to get more info. Alternatively, why not make use of the Free Concierge Service from Motor2U and let us help you in every step of the way? Contact us now!