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The dynamics of the BMW X4.

One nudge of the accelerator pedal and the BMW X4 enters a world of its own. The eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission utilises the potential of the engines to the full: The BMW X4 xDrive35d completes the 0 to 62mph sprint in just 5.2 seconds. The intelligent four-wheel drive system BMW xDrive transfers power to the street with outstanding traction. Other standard features include Variable Sport Steering and Drive Performance Control.

Variable Sport Steering.

The Variable Sport Steering with Servotronic enables an agile and effortless driving style. It reacts to the angle of the steering wheel independently from the current speed with various steering ratios, reducing the steering movement required when steering at particularly large angles. This significantly increases agility and improves handling in sharp turns, along narrow roads or when making sudden turns while using a sporty driving style. It also increases comfort when parking, turning and manoeuvring. For small steering angles, the system provides excellent directional stability and a very high degree of steering precision.

Performance Control.

Performance Control distributes engine and braking control to the individual wheels when turning. Because the outer wheels have to move a longer distance than the inner wheels when turning, Performance Control intervenes by means of engine output and controlled braking: The outer wheels get more power while the inner wheels get less, maximising traction on each of the wheels. This means that the vehicle practically turns itself, thus increasing driving safety and comfort.

EIGHT-SPEED STEPTRONIC SPORT TRANSMISSION WITH GEARSHIFT PADDLES.

The eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission adapts to suit individual driving styles. It’s perfect for everything from comfortable cruising through to dynamic driving. In addition to automatic gear selection, it is of course possible to shift gears manually at any time. Shifting is accomplished using the shortened gear selector lever or gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.

In Sport mode, the gear shifts are configured for maximum performance. The particularly fine graduation of the eight gears optimises the acceleration process and the engine is always maintained at a level of performance that guarantees the ultimate in power and efficiency. Maximum acceleration is made possible by Launch Control: This feature shifts automatically in order to make use of the motor's optimum rpm range.

When travelling at high speeds, the additional eighth gear reduces the required engine speed, thereby also reducing the fuel consumption and engine noise. This is also where the newly developed, highly effective converter clutch comes into play. The eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission delivers maximum efficiency and incredibly smooth gear shifts.

Chassis.

The chassis is specially tuned to suit the BMW X4 and impresses with excellent road-holding, perfect handling and top-class agility. At the same time, it guarantees comfort. With Dynamic Damper Control with Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes, the driving characteristics can be adapted individually. The wide track of the BMW X4 and its five-arm rear axle also enable high-speed cornering with minimum roll.

  • Dynamic Damper Control

    The Dynamic Damper Control makes it possible to ideally adjust the damper characteristics to suit any given driving situation, improving comfort and Dynamics. In addition to the standard Comfort setting, which minimises bumps and other such vehicle movements, there are two other programs available: the Sport and Sport+ modes. In these modes, the dampers are automatically tightened to allow for a sportier driving style.

BMW xDrive.

The intelligent BMW xDrive four-wheel drive system adapts perfectly to even the most challenging road surfaces, ensuring outstanding traction at all times. With xDrive and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the vehicle remains directionally stable and on track. Split second response times allow xDrive to distribute drive power flexibly between the two axles for optimum grip. In this way, xDrive combines the advantages of four-wheel drive – traction, directional stability and safety – with classic BMW agility.

  • xDrive status

    A clear message even in testing situations: xDrive Status shows the big picture. When driving over rough terrain, it provides information relevant to off-road driving both on the instrument panel and in the central Control Display. In addition to an easily readable compass for orientation (only in conjunction with Professional Navigation System), the longitude and transverse slope of the vehicle as well as the current steering lock angle are also shown – not only numerically, but also with a graphic 3D display of the car itself.

Drive Performance Control.

Drive Performance Control lets the driver choose between the Comfort mode, for standard engine and transmission settings, the ECO PRO mode, geared towards efficiency, and the Sport mode, which enables even more dynamic driving. The fuel-efficient ECO PRO mode intelligently adjusts the characteristics of the accelerator pedal and transmission, as well as the heating/air conditioning settings.

The ECO PRO mode reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 percent. The Route-Ahead Assist and ECO PRO Route (only available with Professional Navigation System) further help to conserve fuel. The Route-Ahead Assist uses the navigation system to assess local road conditions and give tips in advance. If there is a speed limit change around the next curve, the system advises the driver to slow down before turning.

ECO PRO Route also helps to ensure efficient use of fuel. It suggests an efficiency-optimised route that takes into account the volume of traffic, individual driving style and local conditions. In Sport mode, the car responds more directly, allowing for a sportier driving style.