What is it?
The BMW X4 has always been something of an ugly duckling. When the original first arrived in showrooms four years ago, its awkwardly proportioned looks didn’t exactly win the adulation of the motoring press.
Now, though, there’s a new one. And while it hasn’t exactly transformed into some four-wheeled equivalent of a swan, there’s no denying that the second-generation model is much easier on the eye. At the front, it’s largely indistinguishable from the mechanically identical X3, while from the B-pillar back its roofline tapers down to create the coupé-style silhouette that marks out this particular niche of SUVs.
While you may have already read our review of the potent X4 M40d, today we’re driving the bread-and-butter offering in the line-up: the far more humble xDrive20d. Under the bonnet sits a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel powerplant that puts out 187bhp and 295lb ft of torque, deployed via an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Where the M40d, with its twin-turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine, can hit 62mph from a standstill in 4.9sec, our xDrive20d model makes do with a far more pedestrian level of performance; the same sprint takes 8.0sec flat.