BMW X1 Engine & Performance

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. For More details on On Road Price of BMW cars check at carzprice.com

BMW X1 Exterior & Style

One of the previous gen BMW X1’s biggest shortcomings was that it simply didn’t look the part of a rugged SUV. But that’s in the past because the new car looks like it belongs to the X family and it appears tough and imposing despite being the youngest sibling. The new X1 has a handsome face with smart wraparound lamps that taper towards a large kidney grille. The trademark twin corona ring lamps ensure the X1 will never be mistaken for anything but a BMW. Full LED headlamps with a cornering function are now standard. The side cuts a similar profile to the BMW X3 but appears a little lower (it’s actually 53mm taller than the old X1) and this gives it a sporty effect. The rear end has twin pipes and a well executed pair of LED lamps that taper in a similar fashion to the headlamps. There’s a also a neatly integrated spoiler that has a smart back trim along the sides.

This car is in the top M Sport trim which means it gets more aggressive bumpers, and black treatment around the windows and on the roof rails. The rear bumper gets a smart looking gloss grey trim but we wonder how this will stand up to attack from road debris and stone chips. The good news is the that the M Sport trim has the same 165mm ground clearance as the other trims. There’s also a cool M style key fob and lovely 18-inch M branded wheels.

BMW X1 Interior & Space

Looking at the generous dimensions of the vehicle on the outside, I was a bit surprised when I 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 Engine & Gearbox

Although BMW will be offering the X1 with a wide range of engines in other markets, in the U.S. the crossover will be limited to just one powerplant. Also, all U.S.-spec X1s will be equipped with all-wheel-drive and sold in xDrive28i trim exclusively.Power comes from a twin-turbo, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder rated at 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That accounts for a 12-horsepower decrease from the previous model. Despite the lowered output, the X1 remains the quickest in its segment, being able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, a tenth of a second quicker than the Mercedes-Benz GLA and more than a second quicker than the Audi Q3. Top speed is rated at 130 mph, but it can be optionally increased to 143 mph.The same eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard with the four-banger.

The updated engine should also bring improvements in the fuel economy department, but BMW has yet to release any estimates. The previous xDrive28i returned up to 33 mpg on the highway, which placed it above the Q3, but below the GLA. It remains to be seen whether the new X1 will be able to match Mercedes’ 35-mpg highway rating.The bigger news here is that the X1 uses BMW’s UKL front-wheel-drive platform that already debuted in the Mini Cooper and also found its way in the 2 Series Active Tourer. No need to panic though, since the U.S. will be xDrive exclusive, most drivers likely won’t feel the difference. On the other hand, there is some concern as to whether the new X1 will still behave like a proper BMW. My guess is that it won’t.

BMW X1 Driving Dynamics

So far we’ve driven only the X1 25d xDrive. This has a twin-turbo engine (one for low revs and one for high), and four-wheel-drive. Its 231bhp can shift the 1575kg with useful urgency through the smooth eight-speed auto box. And it’s much quieter than the last-gen BMW diesels. Handling is pretty tidy, too, with precise steering. Only if you hurl it at a sharp bend does the chassis go soggy. Mostly it all feels progressive and nicely balanced. It’s not a dedicated off-roader but with all-season tyres ought to be good for a ski trip.What’s really improved since the last BMW X1 is the ride. It’s supple enough to be comfy, but well-damped enough not to induce sickness in a family vehicle. It’s a nice balance, which is something you couldn’t have said before. For information on contact details of BMW car dealers in Chennai

BMW X1 Braking & 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 Price

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 32,38,559/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,442/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Hyderabad  Check for BMW X1 price in Htderabad

BMW X1 Conclussion

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.