BMW X1 review

New crossover is quite different from its forebear, but is this updated X1 better – and does it have the premium edge over Audi, Mercedes and Land Rover?

The quandary of the BMW X1: as exceptional as some of its barrooms, estates and also SUVs have been over the decades, there’s no greater proof of the long-lasting power of the BMW brand than the success of the previous X1 crossover hatchback.

Over a lifecycle of practically exactly six years, built in factories in India, China and Russia as well as in Germany, the X1 clocked up 730,000 globally sales. And also yet the X1 was awkward-looking, cumbersome-handling, badly packaged, plainly ended up and similarly simply harsh and unrefined. Munich’s blue-and-white propeller may never ever have actually been risked on such a bad auto.

What, you can not aid however ask yourself, would occur if BMW made a good one? It absolutely needs to. In the 6 years since the launch of the original X1, the crossover market has mushroomed to the point where it has ended up being more crucial than the majority of the much more traditional sections in which BMW can make use of well-known experience as well as stamina. Developing an excellent X1 is probably much more essential than leading the marketplace with any of the firm’s luxury or sporting designs.

To achieve that objective, there’s a brand-new platform, new engines and all sort of brand-new on-board and all-round systems technology at play here– all going towards duplicating the kind of European sales dominance that BMW has generated with a few of its exec public houses.

The transversely engined, mainly front-drive UKL system underpins its 3rd series-production version for the BMW Group after the Mini hatchback and BMW 2 Collection MPV, and also atop rests a body commonly rethought for even more recognisable SUV looks and also significantly much better practicality. The Chinese market take advantage of a long-wheelbase variation of the X1, with the UK unlikely to ever see an X1 L.

Among those brand-new engines are the latest three as well as four-cylinder turbocharged gasolines, diesels and plug-in hybrids, a number of them providing the obvious performance superiority we have actually concerned anticipate from BMW. Yet will BMW’s other intention hallmark be in proof right here, in the form of really identifying dealing with appeal to choose that apparent fortitude?

BMW X1 engine line-up and trim degrees
There are an overall of 3 powertrains to choose from, with 2 petroleums (a three-cylinder sDrive18i as well as a two-litre, the latter of which is readily available in either two or 4×4), 2 diesels (the 18d and 20d) and more recently a plug-in hybrid with 4×4 as standard. If you really need to have a guidebook, after that the only engine choices are either the smaller sized fuel or diesel lumps, or else it’s a dual-clutch or automobile.

There are four trim levels available: SE, Sporting activity, xLine and also M Sporting activity, although the plug-in hybrid is only readily available in Sport or above. M Sporting activity gets more aggressive styling tweaks, and also obviously additional levels of devices, however even the base does not look too poverty-stricken.