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. Request a test drive for BMW X1 in Tryaldrive

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BMW X1 Exterior

BMW X1 has an athletic look and is designed to be a head turner when it is driven on the road. BMW X1 features includes a length of 4439mm and with an overall width of 2058mm. It has body colored bumpers. The well-known kidney shaped radiator grille has a bold design and has horizontal chrome stripe to give it a premium look. The headlights cluster is big and powerful and are equipped with LED headlamps. From the car’s side profile, you will notice body coloured ORVM caps (with integrated turn lamps) and door handles along with uniquely designed fenders, which house alloy rims mounted by tubeless radial tyres. The rear profile of this car reinforces the intimidating look of its front. BMW X1 Colors available in the market include, Valencia Orange, Glacier Silver, Black Sapphire, Mineral White, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, and Marrakesh Brown

BMW X1 Interior

Looking at the generous dimensions of the vehicle on the outside, It was a bit surprised when they opened the door to step into the driver’s seat. The cabin feels compact and even the dashboard and centre console seem to have a compact layout. Just like any other BMW, ergonomics are spot on and the dash is very driver centric. Materials used all over feel very upmarket and premium but when you drive this X1 back to back with any other car from the same stable, say the 3-Series, that is when you realise how superior the other car feels.There are lesser number of buttons on the steering wheel, centre console, etc. and even though you do get a lot of features, the X1 does make you feel evident that yes it is one of the cheapest BMWs around. Even the round knob that is used to control the infotainment system is smaller in size. I found the front seats very comfortable and finding that perfect driving position is super easy thanks to the electric seat controls. The driving position itself feels much like that of a crossover and if you’re expecting a proper SUV-like driving position that feels commanding, then you’ll be disappointed.

The rear seats are comfortable too and space is better than the old X1. You also get a basic centre armrest at the rear. The best part about the new X1 is the large windows that BMW has endowed and it makes the cabin feel very airy and lends a positive vibe. Gone is the claustrophobic feel that you get in cars with smaller glass areas. If you’re buying a car for Rs. 40 odd lakhs you expect it to have a ton of fancy gizmos (a la Skoda Superb or Ford Endeavour) but BMW is known to skip a lot of features from the standard equipment list and the X1 is no different. It misses out on vital stuff like a parking camera. It doesn’t even have cruise control.

BMW X1 Performance

The X1 no longer gets the petrol mill, and now it has only the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which was the volume seller for this compact SUV. BMW India has played it smart by retain only the volume seller engine, however we are confident that the company will reintroduce the petrol engine, with a higher power output at a latter stage. The 2.0-litre oil burner produces 184 brake horsepower and 380Nm of peak torque.The engine is noisy with a loud diesel clatter, at least on the outside. Inside cabin has been insulated well to avoid any kind of sound that will bother the occupants. The power delivery is smooth and undeviating, and there is no feel of the vehicle lacking the required power anytime. Drive it in the city or on the highway, and you will not feel the urge to even shift to the sport mode for quicker overtaking, the comfort mode does the job most of the times.

The X1 also gets the eight-speed self-shifting transmission. This makes it easier to drive, as the torque band has an even better spread. The shifts are smooth, however the response time has some lack. The eight-speed box has definitely improved the performance and the fuel efficiency of the X1.

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

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.

BMW X1 Cost in Chennai

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 32,38,540/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,028/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Chennai. Check for BMW X1 price in Chennai at Carzprice

BMW X1 Conclusion

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.


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