BMW X1 Facelift First Drive & Gearbox

BMW X1 Overview

As BMW get ready to lauch the 2016 version of their entry level SUV, the X1, more pictures and details have been revealed. The X1 receives many upgrades in terms of styling and equipment as compared to the older version.The new X1 has a more muscular and rugged appearance than the earlier version, It has a bolder front end, angular headlights with LED daytime running lights, round fog lamps, a contoured bonnet, prominent front wheel arches, extra cladding on the sills and also increased ground clearance. The new X1 is based on the UKL platform and BMW engineers have given the X1 an altered silhouette with a shorter bonnet and a longer roofline than the earlier X1. The rear doors are also larger to offer better access to rear passengers.

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. Test drive for BMW X1 .

BMW X1 Exterior & 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 Interior & Space

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.Check for BMW X1 in

BMW X1 Engine & Gearbox

The X1 no longer gets the petrol mill, and now it has only the 2.0-litre diesel engine, which was the volume seller for this compact SUV. BMW India has played it smart by retain only the volume seller engine, however we are confident that the company will reintroduce the petrol engine, with a higher power output at a latter stage. The 2.0-litre oil burner produces 184 brake horsepower and 380Nm of peak torque.

The engine is noisy with a loud diesel clatter, at least on the outside. Inside cabin has been insulated well to avoid any kind of sound that will bother the occupants. The power delivery is smooth and undeviating, and there is no feel of the vehicle lacking the required power anytime. Drive it in the city or on the highway, and you will not feel the urge to even shift to the sport mode for quicker overtaking, the comfort mode does the job most of the times.

The X1 also gets the eight-speed self-shifting transmission. This makes it easier to drive, as the torque band has an even better spread. The shifts are smooth, however the response time has some lack. The eight-speed box has definitely improved the performance and the fuel efficiency of the X1.

BMW X1 Driving Dynamics

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 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 in Bangalore

Bmw X1 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 41,74,665 to 54,72,883 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 Bangalore. Check for BMW X1 price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

BMW X1 Final Word

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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