BMW X1 Facelift Review & First Drive

BMW X1 Overview

BMW X1 is a big and powerful looking car that has sturdy build and offers off-road capabilities too. BMW X1 new model released during Auto Expo 2016 is an amazing amalgamation of class and style. It falls in the well above 4-meter category and has amazing features that compare well with its rivals in this price range. This muscular looking SUV has 2670mm of wheelbase that allows it to seat around five passengers comfortably. The design of this SUV looks masculine and the comfort level of this car is on par with other such vehicles in this price category. BMW X1 On road price starts from 32,38,898/-. Check for price details of BMW X1 in CarzPrice.

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BMW X1 Design

The new X1 is based on the UKL1 front-wheel drive platform and it is 4439mm in length, 1821mm in width, 1598mm in height. The wheelbase has also been increased by 90mm. The new UKL1 platform is shared with the Mini family. The new X1 offers rugged proportions, and powerful sculptures that showcase the design to be a SAV (sports activity vehicle). The three-eyed face of the X1 that has been formed by the twin-circular LED headlights and fog lamps make for a hallmark X model. The X1’s design is more of an evolution from its predecessor. One can look at the new-generation and clearly relate to the previous generation.

BMW X1 Cabin

One of the advantages of BMW moving form a rear-wheel-drive platform on the old X1 to a front-wheel-drive platform on the new X1 is in interior packaging. And that is most evident when you sit in the back seat. Where space was only just about sufficient in the old X1’s rear seat, there’s a good deal of room in the new X1. There’s plenty of knee room, generous headroom and even improved shoulder room. The rear seat itself scores big for comfort. The seating position is excellent and the cushioning is well judged.

Drivers familiar with the old X1 will find themselves sitting higher here, with a driving position that is more suited to an SUV. Visibility is good and what helps is that the dashboard is nice and low. The dash is typical BMW fare, so it’s neat, clean, uncluttered, but it does look a bit too much like the other cars. Also, while cabin quality on the whole is good, there are a few areas where the X1 could have been better. For instance, on the door pockets, where the plastics are hard, and don’t feel all that premium.In terms of practicality, the X1 impresses. Its 505-litre boot is a full 85 litres larger than the old X1’s and you also get power fold for the three rear seats. Oh, and under the boot floor sits a proper space saver spare tyre. BMW has been listening to you.

BMW X1 Performance

The BMW X1 has a 2.0-litre diesel engine that churns about189bhp of power and it comes with an eight-speed transmission. This is the first X1 that is a front-wheel drive. The performance of the X1 has never been an issue and with the new X1, it will be even better. The BMW X1 is offered with xDrive (all-wheel drive) option as well. The new X1 will be initially made available only with a diesel engine, it is in the second half of 2016 that the new X1 will get the petrol engine.All BMW X1 reviews by auto journalist state the fact that it has a powerful BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that gets an all-wheel drive system in the top trims of this car model. The 2.0-litre diesel motor has four cylinders with 16 valves. It has a total displacement of 1995cc and churns out 190bhp at 4000rpm and yield torque of 400Nm ranging between 1750 to 2500rpm. The powertrain is coupled to an 8-speed steptronic automatic sport transmission gearbox that drives power to all its wheels.The 1995 cc Diesel – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 18 kmpl in city and 20 kmpl on highways.

BMW X1 Rideing

What further strengthens the X1’s case is ride comfort. The X1’s suspension is set up on the softer side and that’s good, because it absorbs all the surface imperfections well and keeps you well isolated from the happenings underneath. The softness of the suspension doesn’t mean the dynamics are bad, because this is a very well balanced car. In fact, BMW claims the new X1 boasts a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution. It’s a keen handler and not that much behind the rear-wheel-driven original X1 in this department. Sure, the new X1 doesn’t quite offer the same old-school connection you got in the old one, but this is still a very exciting SUV to drive. Of the standout elements, one is the steering. It feels precise, good off-centre and it’s well weighted too. The low-speed heft from the old X1’s rack is gone, which makes the new BMW a whole lot easier to live with.

BMW X1 Safety

The BMW X1 comes with multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP and other safety features that one expects in a luxury vehicle. The BMW X1 offers all the features that one will need for the price paid.For braking, BMW X1 has powerful ventilated disc brakes for all the tyres with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. In addition, it also include six airbags, three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection among a host of others. For information on contact details of BMW car dealers in Hyderabad

BMW X1 Price

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 32,38,898/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,798/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in India

BMW X1 Verdict

Owners of the previous X1 simply won’t recognise the spacious, flexible, classy customer they’ve taken delivery of here – and refugees from other crossover models will have plenty to say in praise of the car’s practicality, quality and handsomeness.But those with a broader experience of BMW’s model range may not be quite so bowled over by this car and neither, quite, are we.Although its performance is strong, it’s not outstandingly so and the same is true of its real-world fuel economy. The X1’s handling is spry but it isn’t a desperately slick or engaging car to drive. And, for a premium-brand car, it still leaves a fair amount to be desired on refinement.

In reflection of all of that, and of the high price asked for the car, our rank for the X1 places it outside of the top two.It’s a broad and challenging class, sure, but also one in which BMW could expect to do better if it offered better value for money. As result the BMW X1 still falls behind the class topping Nissan Qashqai, and the agile and engaging Ford Kuga in our top five crossovers listings.

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