This Is The BMW X4 Review Your Dog Has Been Waiting For

I'm so over anthropocentric car reviews. Woof woof!
By Daniel Smith
Cover photo: via BMW (edited).

The BMW G02 X4's been with us for a little while, so you probably know it inside out by now. Perhaps you've heard about the high seating position, dynamic drive and feature-packed infotainment system. You might even have an inexplicably passionate opinion about whether the fastback silhouette is the perfect vehicle design or proof of just how ridiculous crossovers have become.

That's all human stuff, though. It's humans doing the driving, and humans linking up their iPhones to use the wireless CarPlay. Aesthetics is human stuff, too; there hasn't been a single documented argument over tailgate design that didn't involve at least one human. The vast majority of car journalists also happen to be human, so is it any wonder so many of them get caught up in talking about the human stuff when reviewing cars?

We here at BV, on the other hand, are always happy to hear some more varied opinions, so let's find out what a yellow Labrador called Andie thinks of the X4.

SUVs and wagons are a popular choice for people with larger dogs; the trunk area is usually the safest and most comfortable place for an animal on journeys. But wait a second, we're talking about an elevated coupe here, right? Is the BMW X4's trunk big enough for a dog?

Andie seems to think so. Yes, the fastback design means sacrificing a fair bit of headroom, but there's still plenty to keep a dog happy. The 40:20:40 split of the back seats makes things even better, giving canine and human passengers easy access to each other, even with two of the latter in the back.

Take the passengers out and fold the rear seats down and the trunk expands to 50.5 cubic feet. Less than the 3 Series Touring, but a large dog and its equally large bed isn't likely to be pressed for space. That's enough to certify the X4 as dog-friendly. Lab-approved!

Thanks for the help, Andie. Here's a treat.

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