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The Complete Guide to the First-Generation of the BMW X4

Aug 2, 2020

On April 2015, at the New York International Auto Show, the BMW X4 – a brand new Sports Activity Coupe, premiered with confirmed spring production. It was taking place exclusively at the Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA production facility. The new X4 shares similarities with the popular X3 and X6 such as the standard BMW comfort, elegance, and the auspicious performance.

BMW X4 28i xDrive Versus the BMW X4 35i xDrive

BMW X4 Sports Coupe

The first-generation of the BMW X4 models came in two variations, the X4 xDrive 28i and the X4 xDrive 35i. The two intelligent all-wheel drives are equipped with the same 8-Speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission with steering wheel shift paddles. However, the two models do not share the same power-ratings on their engines.

The BMW xDrive 28i includes a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder Twinpower Turbo engine at 240 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds.

The BMW xDrive 35i, on the other hand, features a more rumbustious 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder with the same great Twinpower Turbo. It gives out 300 HP, 300 lb-ft of torque, and goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.

The Renowned BMW TwinPower Turbo Engine in the BMW X4

In the recent years of BMW engineering, one of the most accomplished technologies made available in the newer BMW models is the state-of-the-art TwinPower Turbo engine. The award-winning power plant is comprised of High Precision Direct Injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft control, and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing. The system delivers extraordinary power and efficiency, perfect for both cruising and sporty ride.

BMW X4 xDrive with Performance Control

The two deviations of the BMW X4 arrived with Performance Control as standard equipment. The enhanced suspension assemblage pairs with the intelligent all-wheel drive xDrive system to further ensure the stability of the vehicle.

BMW X4 Dynamic Stability Control

According to BMW, the Dynamic Stability Control system is utilized to direct power to the outside rear wheel when cornering. It improves traction, turn-in, and directional stability. Also, the Control Display exhibits the car’s body roll and pitch in vivid 3D graphics which keeps the driver well-informed of the vehicle’s xDrive status.

BMW X4 Navigation System with Compass

For even more travel convenience, a compass displaying in the instrument cluster can be specified as part of the BMW Navigation System Professional.  Working in conjunction with the standard variable sports steering, the combination allows the X4 to deliver superior driving dynamics and improved safety.

BMW X4 EfficientDynamics

BMW EfficientDynamics has become an essential part of the BMW energy efficiency effort. Like most of the BMW models, reduction in fuel consumption and emission while maintaining the performance aspect of the drive have become more than just technical achievement. Rather, it is a social responsibility that the brand conveys – to be more environmentally conscious.

BMW X4 Driving Dynamics Control

In the X4, the Driving Dynamics Control offers the fuel-saving option of ECO PRO mode and the ECO Pro Route option. Working together with the costing function through the 8-Speed Steptronic Transmission and the Auto Start/Stop function, the arrangement accurately projects, advises and reduces energy consumption to achieve optimal energy-efficient drive.

In addition, the innovative Proactive Driving Assistant offers more driving efficiency and road safety by suggesting to the driver the most feasible recommendations for the current driving condition.

Driving Modes in the BMW X4


The ECO Pro mode is the mode that provides energy efficient drive. It controls all the onboard systems to achieve fuel saving.


The Coasting function is also part of the ECO PRO system that cuts off fuel supply as soon as the driver stopped pressing on the accelerator. The system offers useful energy-saving tips to execute the drive more efficiently. Fuel consumption and the calculation of estimated mileage that could be driven with the available fuel are shown in the Central Display for easy statistics reading.


The ECO PRO Route function works with the Navigation System to prompt the driver to choose a system suggested route which consumes the least amount of fuel.

Auto Start/Stop

Auto Start/Stop function helps the vehicle to avoid unnecessary overconsumption of fuel by shutting off the vehicle’s engine instead of putting it to idle mode during a complete stop.

Proactive Driving Assistant

Proactive Driving Assistant works with route data from the BMW navigation system to analyze the current driving situation and identify in advance when the car is required to slow down. The system picks up on cues such as the speed limit info or certain entrance into different speed zones. Proactive Driving Assistant then recommends to drivers the most fuel-saving way to drive.

Overall, the new BMW X4 brought about more versatility and options to the BMW crossover SUV segment. The X4 xDrive is the perfect performance Coupe that pushes the limit with you for all the adventurous road trips to come.