BMW X1 Hatchback Overview

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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. Check Price of X1


The all new X1 is indeed one of the beautiful SUVs that is running on Indian roads today. With the latest improvements, it looks more aggressive yet carries sporty elements that easily draw one’s attention.With a slight increase in its exterior dimensions, this massive machine does look outstanding and much better than before. It got 21mm wider, 53mm taller but 36mm shorter than its predecessor. Wheelbase is still good thus, leaving enough space inside the cabin.What’s common in every model of BMW is its signature kidney radiator grille, which is definitely a symbol of this brand apart from its logo. This one carries 14 exclusively designed slats that further get the matt aluminum finishing. The same metal plating is seen on the thick frame as well, which surrounds these slats. Meanwhile, the M Sport trim has 16 exclusively designed slats in black high gloss finish.Attractive LED headlamps come as standard in all its variants, which is a good move from the manufacturer. These are positioned in the large and trendy cluster, which also houses LED daytime running lamps, cornering lights and typical BMW twin circle design parking lights. Below this, pair of bright fog lamps are also fitted that not only adds style but also enhances visibility. Get offers & discounts on X1

Also present in the front is a well built bumper that comes with a wide air intake section and a couple of air ducts as well on the either sides. While, a metal finished under guard beneath the bumper does it job in protecting the internal components on uneven roads.On the sides, the stylish roof rails reinforce its dynamic look. These come with different paint finish options like black matt finish, aluminum satinated and high gloss shadow line, depending on the variants. Talking about wheels, these are undoubtedly the key attraction in its side profile. The Expedition variant gets 17-inch alloy wheels in double spoke style, whereas the mid range is equipped with 18-inch, Y-spoke style light alloy rims. Whereas the top-spec M Sport variant is fitted with the modish 18-inch, M light alloy wheels that are adorned with 225/50 R18 sized tubeless tyres.Its outside mirrors get body color and come with electrically folding, automatic anti-dazzle and parking functions. Besides these, the sweeping line that extends from the front wheel arches to the tail lamps, enhances its appearance further.In the rear, you can see the luminous taillight cluster with 3D icon design and these are accompanied by turn indicators.

Other aspects to notice in its rear profile, is the integrated spoiler and a wide windscreen that includes a defogger and wiper as well. And, not to forget the bumper, which looks good with a pair of reflectors and a protective guard underneath it. Besides the twin exhaust pipes with neat chrome garnish further gives it a sporty appearance.With this facelift, the X1 also gets an increased boot compartment of 420 litres, which is however, less when compared with its rivals.


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.

No complaints about this M Sport version’s nicely contoured powered front seats though. They look rich and offer great support. The M-spec three-spoke steering wheel complete with paddle-shifters also adds a great deal of sportiness in here. Speaking of equipment, the M Sport also gets heads-up display, panoramic sunroof and a high-res 8.8-inch display for the i-Drive infotainment system. There’s navigation and onboard music storage too, but sadly no reverse camera. The lesser xLine trim cars get a smaller 6.5-inch screen for the i-Drive system.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.


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.


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.


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.


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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