BMW X1 Facelift First Drive & 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. View offers on BMW Cars from BMW dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

BMW X1 Style

In fact, the whole design is a big departure from the old car. The new X1 is slightly shorter in length but is also taller and the proportions are a whole lot nicer now. Where the old X1 looked like a jacked up estate, this one looks like a small SUV.

And it’s rather well done too. The look is unmistakably BMW, with the large kidney grille up front flanked by shapely LED headlights with those trademark LED rings. The particular X1 with us is the range-topping M Sport version that gets sportier, more sculpted bumpers, M badging on the flanks and smart 18-inch wheels. It’s also the only X1 that can be had in this racy shade of Estoril Blue.

At the sides, the X1 manages to look larger than its predecessor and elements like the mildly flared wheel arches and strong beltline give it a nicer look too. The rake of the rear windscreen is also more SUV-like now, and styling at the rear is, again, very modern BMW. The spread out tail-lights with their LED elements look particularly attractive.

BMW X1 Space

The 2016 X1 is 36mm shorter but 21mm wider and 53mm taller than its predecessor. A 90mm-longer wheelbase allows 37mm more knee room in the back, which increases by an additional 66mm with a tilting and sliding rear seat as an option. Boot space is 505 litres, an increase of 85 litres and can be increased to 1550 litres with the rear seats folded. Asa first time feature, the back seats can be folded electrically from the rear of the boot at the touch of a button. The front passenger seat backrest can also be folded down. The new X1 is 135kg lighter than its predecessor, at 1430kg, due to the increased usage of high-strength steel and aluminium.

Suspension set up in the new BMW is a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension. It is mated to an electro-mechanical speed-sensitive Servotronic steering system that is engineered to be light at lower speeds for added manoeuvrability around town and a firmer feel at higher speeds for increased stability. IAs a first time for the X1, the new version has adjustable dampers and an optional Driver Experience Control function that enables the driver to choose between Sport and Comfort suspension settings, along with Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro driving modes. It rides on 17 inch alloy wheels as standard, with 18 inches and 19 inches rims available as an option.

BMW X1 Engine

A bit about the mechanicals first. For now, the X1 is available only in diesel form and uses BMW’s latest 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. Peak power is an impressive 187bhp and max torque is a strong 40.7kgm. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard fit, but buyers have the option to choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the two obviously available at different price points. In normal driving conditions, the xDrive system powers the front wheels, but when needed, it can send 100 percent of the torque to the rear axle. So how does it all come together? For BMW X1  check

The engine’s alert from 1,500rpm on, has got a strong mid-range and will even rev happily to 5,000rpm with the gearbox in manual mode. There’s great access to power and you really won’t be left wanting for more anywhere in the rev range. Of course, the engine feels its liveliest best in Sport, but Comfort is quick too. As with all modern BMWs, the quick-shifting gearbox deserves praise here. It really does bring the best out of the engine.

BMW X1 Driving

What further strengthens the X1’s case is ride comfort. The X1’s suspension is set up on the softer side and that’s good, because it absorbs all the surface imperfections well and keeps you well isolated from the happenings underneath. The softness of the suspension doesn’t mean the dynamics are bad, because this is a very well balanced car. In fact, BMW claims the new X1 boasts a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution.

It’s a keen handler and not that much behind the rear-wheel-driven original X1 in this department. Sure, the new X1 doesn’t quite offer the same old-school connection you got in the old one, but this is still a very exciting SUV to drive. Of the standout elements, one is the steering. It feels precise, good off-centre and it’s well weighted too. The low-speed heft from the old X1’s rack is gone, which makes the new BMW a whole lot easier to live with.

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 Hyderabad

Bmw X1 On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 38,49,507 to 50,73,409 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 Hyderabad. Check for X! price in Hyderabad at Cazrprice.

BMW X1 Conclusion

The new BMW X1 is quite the package, especially when you see it in light of the old one. Performance from the diesel engine is really impressive too, the ride quality is good and importantly the X1 is an SUV you’d love to drive yourself. Agreed, this X1 isn’t quite as engaging to drive as the old one was, but in the bigger picture, this is a more versatile and a more complete X1, and that’s the reason to like it. What makes it more likeable still is the way BMW has priced it. Prices start at Rs 29.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and top-off at Rs 39.9 lakh. Which compare well with the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. For the money, this just could be the best small luxury SUV you could buy.


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