BMW X1 Review & Ratings
- 21 August 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The BMW X1 is classified a compact luxury crossover that is a combination of diminutive dimensions as well as a lower more affordable price than many of the other vehicles in this class offered by BMW. This vehicle uses the same platform as certain 3-Series vehicles and uses turbocharged motors for maximum efficiency. The more recent X1 that was launched in the U.S has received a facelift with quite a few different things being updated. On the outside, this vehicle’s design has been slightly tweaked with different angles, though it still clearly resembles a BMW crossover.
This luxury compact crossover was initially manufactured in Germany in 2009 and has been sold in many different places all over the world in rear-drive-wheel or sDrive as well as all-wheel-drive or xDrive. Production of this vehicle started shortly after the initial concept version at the Paris Motor Show in 2008. The X1 has received a great deal of praise for its sleek and attractive aesthetics, both interior and exterior, as well as its amazing driving dynamics. While this may not be an off-road intended vehicle, it has still experienced a level of commercial success which has made it one of BMW’s top-selling models to date.
The X1 ushered in a new era with BMW’s N20 engine which was used in the xDrive28i model. This vehicle is a bit smaller than the X3 as well as more affordable, which is yet another reason why it appealed to such a wide range of consumers. In the U.S, the X1 is the smallest SUV that can be purchased and has an MSRP which starts at $30,800. This vehicle also marks BMW’s first ever SUV with rear-wheel drive as an option, though it is only available with the sDrive28i model. Both the sDrive28i and the xDrive28i models offer a 2.0 liter 241 horsepower turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with the xDrive35i model offering a 3.0 liter 300 horsepower single turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine.
There were four different trims available with the X1, including the ES/SE, the Sport Line, the Luxury Line, and the xLine. All of these lines had their own unique trim differences and plenty of them. In North America this car is available with an eight-speed sport automatic transmission. The interior of the X1 is very similar to the BMW 1 Series Coupe and is available for purchase in North America. Development on this vehicle first began in 2004 and this stage came to a close in 2005. The final design work for this vehicle was done in 2006 but production was held up until 2007.
All of the sDrive models of this series are rear-wheel drive while all of the xDrive models are all-wheel drive. The sdrive18i, which has a 4-cylinder petrol engine, will be available in India as well. There are three different versions and all of them have an 8-speed automatic transmission. There is currently no manual transmission option available with this model.
The X1’s powetrains are very similar to those of the X3 and they include a 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and 3.0 liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engines. There are a number of features available with these vehicles, including automatic climate control system along with an audio system that has a total of six speakers and a AUX-IN connection for hooking up external audio devices. The BMW X1 models that feature the Business or Professional navigation system also have the new-generation iDrive operating system with a controller and direct selection buttons mounted in the center console. This vehicle is definitely a great choice for a variety of consumers and is one of BMW’s most versatile compact crossovers.