BY H. THROTTLE
“Beamers” have been popular for decades and most of the old collector models seem to have disappeared, being replaced by redesigned sleek, shiny and faster models.
The Glacier Silver Metallic 2017 BMW X4- M40i rests safely in the driveway. All $67,945 is parked for the evening, awaiting another test drive tomorrow.
Delivery from the car vendor of this new BMW X4 was exciting. It is such an exquisite car to test drive. The brand name is important, especially in the higher-priced cars that have special sports-car appeal.
This model is a SUV in style and design, but with special features.
First and most important is the turbo-charged six-cylinder engine that produces a tremendous burst of acceleration. This is not typical SUV performance with a “sports mode” and an eight-speed transmission that includes manual and automatic shifts.
This is a vehicle made to be “loved.” The suspension is firm to handle with the acceleration of a sports car placed upon an SUV’s frame.
There are four modes to the drive of Eco, Pro, Sport and Comfort.
The vehicle also comes with automatic shutoff of the engine at stoplights during short traffic delays, saving fuel. This encourages better mileage, averaging 21 mpg.
The sports seats are “Nevada leather” and very comfortable. with 14-way settings, along with four-lumbar support.
The steering wheel is leather-wrapped and has paddle shifts located on the steering wheel. Fast sports cars have this feature, allowing for quick shifts of speed and power.
BMW has made a very exciting vehicle in this model that can haul sports equipment, groceries, at least six passengers as a family car, while satisfying any racing instincts.
Great Xenon adaptive leveling headlights, along with LED fog lights, gives great nighttime vison. Brakes to support the turbo-charged vehicle are the best with four-wheel ventilated brakes with dynamic brake controls.
BMW offers their “Ultimate Care” maintenance program of 30,000 miles or three years with many complimentary services.
Final assembly of this BMW is Spartanburg, S.C.
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