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. For information on contact details of BMW car dealers in india

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BMW X1 Design & Style

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.

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.

BMW X1 Cabin & Comfort

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.

BMW X1 Engine & Gearbox

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 Ride & Handling

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.

BMW X1 Safety & Security

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 in Bangalore

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 32,38,510/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,466/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Bangalore. Check for BMW X1 price in Bangalore at Carzprice

BMW X1 Bottomline

The X1 is a really big step over its predecessor and a better vehicle in almost every way. It is now stylish, genuinely spacious and finally offers all-wheel drive. Pricing goes like this – sDrive20d Expedition is priced at Rs 37.75 lakh (all prices on road Mumbai), sDrive20d xLine at Rs 42.67 lakh, xDrive 20d xLine at Rs 45.12 lakh and finally the xDrive M Sport at Rs 48.93 lakh. That puts it on the higher side of the segment and about Rs 6 lakh more than the smaller Mercedes-Benz GLA. However, the M Sport manages to undercut its main rival, the top Audi Q3 Premium Plus by about Rs 20,000. There’s no doubt that the new X1 is going to do considerably better than its predecessor.

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