BMW X1 Overview
The X1 is one popular entry level compact Crossover from the premium Auto manufacturer BMW, launched almost 6 years ago and it was a grand success across the globe and sold more than 730,000 units worldwide. Although this was a much smaller vehicle compared to bigger X series SUV like the X3, X5 and X6 but the X1 still carried all the styling cues from the bigger BMW X models which set it apart from the rest of the Crossover available out there.
Recently BMW introduced the second generation X1 and there is no doubt in the fact that it looks more mature, proportionate and dynamic than its predecessor. Apart from the styling the X1 also hosts a couple of new features which is worth mentioning including the full LED headlamps as an option, Dynamic damper controls, BMW heads up display and lastly the Driving Assistant Plus system. Book a test drive for BMW X1 in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
The new X1 is also taller than the previous generation vehicle which also has raised the seating position of both the front and rear passengers which actually is an added advantage for the person driving the SUV because they can now get a commanding view of the road ahead. The space inside the Crossover has also increased comparatively which means more seating comfort inside for the passengers. What is even more interesting is also the fact that for the very first time BMW has launched any SUV with the front wheel drive system, the X1 uses the new UKL platform which is also used by the Mini Cooper. Beside the front wheel drive BMW has also equipped the new generation X1 with two petrol and three diesel units which also belongs from the family of BMW’s new family of engines.
BMW X1 Exteriors
The good news here isthat the new X1 looks more purposeful and SUV-like than the car it replaces; one of the reasons the earlier X1 didn’t do too well. It has a buff front end, SUV overtones, and a marked improvement in street creed courtesy larger dimensions. As mentioned earlier, the new X1 is taller than the outgoing model, plus, it sits higher off the ground and is wider as well.And though it is shorter in both length and wheelbase compared to the older X1, it still manages to look bigger.
Additionally, it has a better-defined design language. We are no fans of how the new X1 looks from the front – it’s a little dowdy if you ask us – but from the rear three quarter, with its wrap around LED tail lamps, the upward swooping shoulder line and tapering roof, not to mention the gorgeous 18-inch wheels, the new X1 does draw glances. And if we consider the M Sport variant, the new X1 looks more desirable too.
BMW X1 Interiors
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. For BMW X1 visit tec.net.in
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 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
Ride is probably the new BMW X1’s weakest link. At slow speeds, it is firm which means there’s unnecessary bobbing. And if you happen to hit a pothole, a poorly resurfaced section or even a manhole cover, the X1 sends a rude jolt inside the cabin along with a noisy thud. At speed, it jiggles and the thudding over poor surfaces continues unabated. The 50 profile runflats are to blame here, of course, but the suspension setup is equally suspect.
At least the X1 handles well. It has a quick steering, a fairly responsive front end that turns into bends without a fuss, and though it rolls under hard cornering, grip and chassis balance on the X1 is impressive. It’s great under braking too – hunkered down, stable and unaffected by the change in surface. However, we would have preferred the brakes to be a little less grabby in the initial bit of travel, which makes modulation a bit challenging. These refuse to fade as well.
BMW X1 Safety
The BMW X1 comes with safety features like 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, DTC, CBC, DSC, Runflat Indicator, etc. The automaker also has a widely spread sales and service network in major cities in India.
Bmw X1 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 38,97,052 to 51,34,339 for variants X1 sDrive20d Expedition and X1 xDrive20d M Sport respectively. Bmw X1 is available in 2 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Bmw X1 variants price in Chennai. Check for BMW X1 price in Chennai at Carzprice.
BMW X1 Round Up
We absolutely loved the new X1 styling and added features both on its exterior as well as interior. Although what we loved the most is that BMW has also taken care of the interior room and now this compact Crossover comes with extra bit of room for both its front as we all rear seats passengers. The refreshed new engine too is a boon for the Crossover which provides better power delivery along with improved fuel efficiency. This is also the very first time that the X1 ditches its RWD and adapts FWD which will be preferred by many. The new-gen X1 will showcased in some upcoming auto shows and will be launched towards the month of October and we Indians have to wait until the next year to get a glimpse of this Crossover.