BMW X1 Facelift First Drive Review

Bmw X1 On Road Price In Bangalore

BMW X1 Overview

This is the second generation of BMW’s smallest SAV or Sports Activity Vehicle. Now, BMW prefers calling their SUVs, SAVs, for these are mainly designed for road use with a hint of off-roading ability thrown in. And, the BMW X1, which was hitherto only available with a rear-wheel drive configuration in India, wasn’t even a proper SAV. It was more like a tall estate.

Now, with the new X1, with its more muscular design, higher ground clearance and an all-wheel drive system, it does get closer to SAV status. And there’s more. The new X1 is taller with higher seating, comes with more equipment as standard, and has a higher claimed mileage tag as well. Plus, it is based on BMW’s all new UKL front-wheel drive platform that also underpins the new Minis, so it is cost effective to produce, and possibly cost effective to run as well.

The new BMW X1, which goes head-on against the likes of the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA, is still only available with one engine and gearbox combo – a 4 cylinder, 1995cc, diesel mated to a torque convertor 8-speed automatic. But, you can have it in three trims – Expedition, xLine and M Sport. The car you see here is the xLine.

BMW X1 Design

With a heavy dose of styling, this is for the first time that the X1 is offered as an FWD car with a new platform. The X1 not just looks big but is larger and taller while carrying forward the X family’s legacy. BMW has increased the width by 21mm and height by 53mm while the length has reduced by 36mm. The front fascia sports a protruding front grille with its traditional kidney shape and circular headlamps with LED DRLs. The sporty look is retained with the plastic cladding, a roof-mounted spoiler, sloping roofline, wrap-around tail lamps and dual exhaust pipes. The new X1 is lighter than the earlier model by 135kg thanks to the extensive use of aluminium in its construction.

BMW X1 Cabin

The new X1 gets an all-new interior. The design for the dash, the gear shifter as well as the door inserts is new. But, the feeling of familiarity is omnipresent inside the X1. Blame it on the aircon or the basic iDrive controls, or the power window and starter button, but almost everything that one touches on the new X1, seems borrowed. Even the instrumentation is old-school BMW. For more information on BMW X1  check Kmindia

What’s also old-school BMW, and in a good way we might add, is the overalllevel of quality and fit and finish. One can’t fault the new X1 for it. It might be part of BMW’s entry-level fleet, but it feels decently upmarket nonetheless. What also works in the new X1’s favour is the interior room. The SAV is visually more spacious, not just compared to the older car, but compared to its competition too. The transverse engine layout has clearly worked wonders here. It has a huge front windscreen, which aids both visibility and the feeling of space. Plus, the glass area all round is large leaving you feeling airy and less hemmed in; something the Mercedes and even Audi can’t boast of in this class.

We also like the rear seats. These aren’t very large but they are supportive. The firmness is just right and with a reclining backrest, finding a comfy seating posture even on longer drives comes easy. Add the increased knee, shoulder and headroom to the mix (compared to the older X1), and one can actually be chauffeured around in this one. The front seats though aren’t as impressive and could have been more accommodating. The boot meanwhile is big too – over 500 litres – and with split and fold function for the rear backrest and a reasonably low loading lip height, the new X1 isn’t short on flexibility either.

As far as equipment goes, this mid-level xLine trim is pretty sorted. It gets a sunroof, besides two zone climate control, electric powered front seats with memory for the driver, a nice sounding audio system with Bluetooth, Aux and USB connectivity, a good assortment of storage spaces, cruise control and keyless start. The X1 also gets parking sensors, but only for the rear. And there’s no reversing camera either. Safety wise, it ticks enough boxes: six airbags, ABS, Cornering Brake Control, and stability and traction control come as standard on all trims.

BMW X1 Engine

The new BMW X1 only gets a diesel engine. The engine, a 1995cc, 4-cylinder unit, might displace the same capacity as the older X1, but it is all new. It is part of a new generation of modular engines that power both BMW and Mini cars. The new engine is lighter, more efficient, and thanks to a new common rail system that pushes out fuel at a higher 2000 bar of pressure, there’s no dearth of usable torque either. It is quiet too, at least in the lower revs. But, gun it – which you wouldn’t mind given the easy revving nature of this diesel engine – and there’s enough and more noise that can be heard inside the cabin.

The twin scroll turbo engine makes 188bhp and 400Nm of torque under the X1’s now shortened hood. This puts the new SAV right on top in the output stakes in its class. No wonder, it accelerates off the line with vigour. Plus, there’s launch control to help things along; under full bore acceleration the X1 posted a sub eight second 0-100kmph time. The gearbox, an 8-speed auto, works well too. It is quick to respond to inputs via the paddle shifters and even in full auto mode, it has this uncanny habit of selecting the right gear, almost every time; city driving or otherwise.

And it gets three driving modes – Eco Pro for fuel efficiency, Comfort for relaxed driving and Sport for those few occasions when you are feeling up to driving enthusiastically. The modes alter the throttle response, the gearshift times and the steering weight. Sport works best as it improves throttle response, adds weight to the steering, and allows better control via the paddle shifters. What the modes fail to change though is the ride quality of the X1.

BMW X1 Riding

The powerful 1995cc mill along with the 8-speed transmission gearbox gives the SUV enormous power that allows it to reach its top speed of 219kmph in no time. The pickup is also smooth and it crosses 100kmph from standstill in just 7.6 seconds. For a bump free ride, it has an advanced M Sports suspension system that keeps the car running smoothly even on uneven roads. Request BMW X1 Test Drive.

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 Price in Bangalore

Bmw X1 On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 44,23,116 to 56,96,445 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. View offers on BMW X1 at Autozhop.

BMW X1 Verdict

The new BMW X1 can be had in three trims. The entry-level trim, called Expedition, only comes in front wheel drive format. It is the most sober to look at given it is devoid of any frills on the outside and it is the least equipped on the inside compared to the other two trims. It is the variant we would avoid. Next up is the xLine that can be had both in front wheel and all wheel drive forms.

Compared to the Expedition, the xLine gets a smarter gearbox with paddle shifters, more jewellery on the outside, a sunroof and a whole lot more tech on the inside as well. There’s ambient lighting, sportier seats, and a nicer steering wheel among other adornments.Apply car loan for BMW X1 .

Finally, there’s the M Sport. Only available as an all wheel drive, it gets more aggressively designed bumpers, side skirts, nicer looking 18-inch wheels, HUD, navigation, and an exclusive paint finish called Estoril blue. And, it is the most expensive, by a margin. BMW wants a little over Rs 40 lakh for it (ex-showroom, mind) compared to Rs 35 lakh for the xLine and a tad under Rs 30 lakh for the Expedition.

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