About the 2015 BMW X4:
Sitting between the X3 and the X5 in BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicle lineup, the new 2015 BMW X4 is essentially a fastback version of the X3 with less interior room and a higher price tag.
BMW offers the 2015 X4 in xDrive28i and xDrive35i flavors. The former is equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine powers the latter. The xDrive35i is equipped with larger 19-inch aluminum wheels, but otherwise they’re identically equipped in standard format.
BMW offers xLine and M Sport trim package upgrades, as well as a long list of option packages and individual extras. Highlights include leather seats, a navigation system, a premium sound system, a heads-up display, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, and a Cold Weather Package. Additionally, BMW provides an extensive menu of performance, infotainment and safety options.
Engines and Transmissions:
The X4 xDrive28i is equipped with a turbocharged, 240-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the X4 xDrive35i gets a turbocharged, 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine. Both power plants are equipped with fuel-saving automatic stop-start and Driving Dynamics Control with an Eco Pro driving mode.
BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is also standard, and every X4 is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission with a Sport mode and paddle shifters. BMW also provides free scheduled service for the first 4 years or 50,000 miles.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, the BMW X4 xDrive28i is expected to get 23 mpg. Choose the more powerful and satisfying X4 xDrive35i model and the figure drops to 22 mpg.
As this summary is written, neither the NHTSA nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2015 BMW X4.
Every X4 is equipped with adaptive headlights, adaptive brake lights, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking assist sensors, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming capability, and a power tailgate. BMW Assist eCall technology is also standard, providing a free 10-year subscription to Emergency Request and Automatic Collision Notification services.
Automatic high-beam headlights, a reversing camera, a surround view camera system, and front parking assist sensors are available for the X4, as well as a parking assistant that can steer the SUV into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the transmission and the pedals. The optional adaptive cruise control system features stop-and-go capability, and is packaged with forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems. The X4 is also available with an active blind spot warning system that also detects fast-approaching traffic in adjacent lanes.
The optional Technology Package contains a navigation system and a heads-up display, and also supplies real-time traffic information, BMW Remote Services (such as stolen vehicle recovery), BMW Online (Google Local Search), and BMW Apps (access to Facebook, Twitter, Internet radio, and more).
Written by Christian Wardlaw
August 22, 2014
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