Which BMW X4 Tickles Your Fancy: The Original Or The New One?

The second-generation BMW X4 arrives more than a decade after the automaker first pioneered the SUV Coupe segment with the original X6 crossover.

Unveiled earlier this year, ahead of its public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new BMW X4 boasts a larger body, longer wheelbase, lower center of gravity and about 110 lbs (49.8 kg) less than before. Not only that, but it also looks different than before, in pretty much all aspects except for overall form factor.

As you can see in this video put together by BMW themselves, the new X4 has beefier headlights with adaptive LED tech and modern graphics, plus a considerably larger front grille.

The profile, while similar to that of the old car, features a flatter roofline and more muscular fenders, whereas the rear comes with a wider window, sharper taillights, different tailpipes and a bumper-mounted license plate holder.

Thanks to both the winder rear window as well as the new taillights with their three dimensional surface design, the all-new model looks wider and more planted, something BMW meant to achieve all along while shifting from one design language to the next.

Still, one could argue that the new X4’s rear end does sort of resemble the Mercedes GLC Coupe’s a bit too much, but that’s only because Mercedes were first to bring a long and sharp taillight design to this segment.

As for the interior, the newer car offers a higher seating position, a lower instrument panel, more overall room, a 75%-larger head-up display, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, voice and gesture control and improved active safety features.

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  • Charles Lane

    BURN the both in a CAR FIRE.

    • PK

      agree. such a useless vehicles!!!!

  • Don’t like both, but 2nd Gen is slightly less ugly since that’s the question.

  • LWOAP

    Neither.

  • Adilos Nave

    The second gen reminds me of the green pigs in Angry Birds. Anyone else see that?

  • Zcat

    The new one got even uglier. Bulging eyes, bigger nostrils, and removing the bar that the 1st gen had where the license plate is, make it look like a giant tooth inside a goofy mouth.

    What happened to BMW? Their heritage design language is not translating very well into this new era of auto design.

  • GobbleUp

    Neither.
    And those interiors are so dated already.
    Loved BMW but have just lost their way.

  • Nordschleife

    The roof line alone makes me choose the second generation.

    • Jay

      100%

  • maserati123

    NONE OF THEM I WILL BUY THE ALFA ROMEO STELVIO.

  • BtheKing

    I agree with the comments here. Both generations are hideous.

  • fabri99

    I actually prefer the first gen… to drowning, that is.

    • Autoexperte

      but the interior of the first gen is shit

  • erly5

    Both as ugly as each other!

  • ErnieB

    They are screwed.. the competition has better looking cars that also perform .. plus only douchebags drive bmws..

  • Hot Twink
  • Eagle By Singer

    Neither

  • atomicbri

    Both are abominations. So sad where this brand has gone, even sadder are the people that buy these hideous BMWs. There is nothing attractive or even sporty about these hunchbacked generations of X4s.

  • fathornyblackandjoe

    I think the 2nd generation is better, overall, but the headlights are weirdly proportioned and shaped…the 1st generation headlights on the 2nd generation would improve the front. Interior-wise, the 2nd generation is better in every way, but still pretty much blah. I know they’re trying, but…well, try harder please.

  • sidewaysspin

    Hard to describe the new front end it just looks kind of gross.

  • Mr. Crankypants

    While staring at the front end of the 2nd generation I realized my nostrils were flared

  • eb110americana

    The original X6 was the only one I ever cared for. The X4 was way overdone with the side creases looking so forced, and the latest has a face only a mother could love with 5 Series GT chunkiness instead of a sleek coupe-like feel. The second X6 just aped the overdone look of the X4.

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