Fun funky raised wagon thing :)
June 12, 2018
I'm a old school BMW guy, coming from a 2003 manual e46 330i ZHP. It's 15 years old and its time for a newer car. These days its really hard to find a real drivers car. So originally I test drove a bunch of sporty cars like the Golf Rs and GLA45 AMGs. They drove very nice once you are going very fast on the freeways, but around town or commuting in stop and go traffic which I will be doing 99% of the time, they were horrible. The combination of turbo lag and automatic dual clutch lag (the time you hit the go pedal to the time it actually moves) was horrible (remember I am coming from a manual). Sure they have launch control, but knowing me the tires would be gone by the time I made it to work! So I started thinking, maybe a SUV would make more sense than a hot hatch. So I looked at Cayennes, Land Rover Sports, etc. But then the gas price was going up and 14 mpg was not sounding to good. So now the compromise, a small crossover! My wife already drives a big crossover so we don not need another big vehicle. I never thought in my life I would own a crossover, it's not that I don't like them. I just thought a car guy that had to drive something looks manly, you know something very high and tough or very low and fast looking (I use the word looking because 99% of us just drive a car for looks)! LOL... anyways after test driving a few horrible (some had hidden body work, suspension damage, trunk full of dog hair, etc) certified and not certified crossovers. I was tired after looking at over a dozen cars, so when I saw this certified lease returned X4, I was like WOW... it was light (maybe the steering is too light) and the lag taking off was minimal. Plus I could brake torque it (where you hold the brakes and apply the gas so that the car takes off quicker when you let up on the brake)! The X4 has great stability in fast turns (49/51% weight balance) especially with the M-sport package and staggered 20" P-Zero tires (rear are 275 wide)! For a vehicle that weighs about 4200 lbs. It gets good fuel mileage (almost 30 highway mpg). The crash ratings were very good. Yes the trunk and rear seats are smaller than the X3, but I drive alone 99% of the time. Sure the Macan S is faster and better on a track but I can't afford one of those. So if you do not need a large trunk to carry a refrigerator, drive on a race track often or go through 3 feet of mud everyday, go test drive the X4!