BMW X1 Overview
This BMW X1 is the second generation of the company’s smallest crossover. There’s been a major change this time around. It’s based not on a natively rear-drive platform, but on BMW’s new front-drive/4WD components (the same setup is already used in the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV). This means a transverse engine, freeing up extra cabin space.
In size and space, this brings it into line with the meat of the big-selling family crossover market, such as the Ford Kuga. But of course it’s more expensive than the Ford and can be had with more sophisticated equipment. Not that you’ll be considering the Ford: this is all about BMW X1 vs Audi Q3. Most versions are 4WD except the base 18d diesel. All engines, petrol or diesel, are 2.0-litre jobs from BMWs new powertrain family.Check for BMWcar dealers in India
BMW X1 Style
As expected, the second-gen X1 sports an evolutionary design with styling cues borrowed from its bigger siblings, the X3 and X5. The front fascia features a slightly bigger twin-kidney grille and longer, sleeker headlamps. Down below, the X1 received larger fog lamps and larger air intakes, making it seem not only bigger than its predecessor, but more aggressive as well. In all, it seems as if the X1 is no longer the ugly duckling of the BMW crossover family.
When viewed from the side, the X1 seems nearly identical to its predecessor from the waist down. The trademark beltline is still in place, while the side skirt area is creased in a similar fashion as on the previous model. However, things are different from the waist up, with a taller glass area, a bigger quarter window, and a raked roofline.
The rear fascia has received its fair share of upgrades as well, starting with significantly larger taillights, which look way better than the previous units, and a better sculpted tailgate and upper bumper area.Overall, it seems the X1 has become a baby X5, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Mini SUVs aren’t exactly appealing design-wise, but BMW tried really hard with the X1 and the result is quite good.
BMW X1 Comfort
Inside the X1 customers will find a fully redesigned interior. Even though the new cabin is also evolutionary and carries over some of the previous model’s cues, the crossover has plenty of new features to brag about. What’s more, it offers a lot more room than its predecessor, as well as enhanced luggage space.Legroom has increased by 1.5 in standard specification and up to 2.6 inches with the optional adjustable rear seat. Also, the seating position has been raised by more than one inch in the front and more than 2.5 inches in the rear. Cargo space has been increased by around 15 percent with the rear seats folded flat.
Moving over to styling, the dashboard now features a cleaner design, mostly thanks to the “floating” display and the smaller A/C vents. A vertical aluminum trim splits the dashboard in two horizontally giving it a classier appearance. The center stack sits closer to the infotainment screen allowing for increased storage space in the center console.The laundry list of standard features includes a seven-speaker audio system, a multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control. The standard seats come dressed in cloth, but customers can select a leather upholstery from the options list. Other options include an 8.8-inch display, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a panoramic moonroof, and many more.
BMW X1 Gearbox
The BMW X1 comes with the same 2.0-litre oil burner that also provides grunt to the 3-Series. The new B47 unit has improved over the older N47 plant and this time it comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission from Aisin rather than ZF. Acceleration pace is pretty good and 0-100 km/hr comes up in 7.8 seconds which isn’t too bad. The biggest change here is the fact that the new X1 is a darn front wheel drive car while it also gets an AWD option. Also gone is the manual handbrake of the older model which is replaced by a puny little button. A little less sideways fun now, eh?
The diesel engine puts out 190 BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque. Switch on the car and start driving and the first thing you notice is that the engine feels a tad bit noisier in the cabin, especially compared to the 320d. There is some amount of turbo lag which isn’t really bothersome and the X1 chugs around nicely with low throttle inputs needed inside the city. The Aisin tranny is good at its job and cogs are changed smoothly.
On the highways, the BMW X1 properly comes to life when the RPM needle starts hovering around the mid way mark. There is a very good surge of power and the compact SUV gathers pace quickly enough to touch 200 km/hr without making you wait for long. Eco Pro mode is best used in the city when you want to extract a couple of extra kms by compromising a bit on the power delivery. Comfort mode as you all know is suited for both city as well as highway driving while Sport mode holds on to the RPMs much longer, thus providing power as soon as you mash the throttle. Expect a fuel efficiency of 12-13 km/l if driven sanely and if you’ve had Redbull before stepping into the car then your wings (and fast driving!) will bring the efficiency down by a couple of kms per litre.
BMW X1 Driving
Being in the driver’s seat of a BMW naturally gives you a lot of extra confidence because you know by default that the car will have its dynamics nicely sorted. The same thing happened when I took a corner at a speed I can’t mention here unless I want my mom to make me resign from my job. While our dear editor Faisal held on for life with both his hands on the ceiling grab bars, the X1 attacked the corner perfectly well maintaining it’s line. Sure, there was some screeching and the TCS light went crazy, the Bimmer stayed composed and never did it throw tantrums. Ride quality isn’t the best though and while it soaks up minor bumps very easily, the more nastier potholes do manage filter in the cabin at low speeds. At high speeds, the story is completely different and the X1 stays firm. The tyres have splendid levels of grip which we found out during our handling and braking tests.
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.The BMW X1 is well specced across the models but the M Sport gets some exclusive features. Let’s start with what all the variants get – LED headlamps with cornering function, rain sensing wipers and auto headlamps, dual zone climate control, an auto-dimming inside rear view mirrors, push button start and auto start-stop. Safety is a priority and all variants get six airbags, ABS and a comprehensive stability control package. Now onto the stuff only the top M model has – leather seats, the larger iDrive screen with a touch-sensitive controller, HUD and of course, the M Sport visual goodies. Strangely, this is another expensive German car that doesn’t offer the very practical feature of keyless entry found on run-of-the-mill Rs-7-lakh hatchbacks.
BMW X1 Cost in Hyderabad
Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 32,38,475/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,403/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for BMW X1 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
BMW X1 Verdict
If you look at the X1 as an entry-level BMW, you won’t be disappointed at all because the car has evolved very nicely from the previous generation and it feels very good as an overall package. Yes, it misses out on some very vital equipment but this shouldn’t really be a deal breaker. The X1 also gets an AWD system now which makes it a proper compact SUV. The 2016 BMW X1 makes for a splendid buy if you’re looking at entering the elite club but don’t want something as basic as a 1-Series or something. Even when compared to rivals, the X1 feels more of an SUV compared to the Mercedes GLA while the Audi Q3 is something that’ll give a tough fight to this Bimmer.