BMW X1 Review Forget what you read about the original BMW X1, because the current model is streets ahead of the old version in just about every way imaginable.
Sure it sold well enough around a quarter of a million X1s found a home but this was as much to do with the badge as it was the quality of the car.While the old model was poorly packaged, frumpy looking and unrefined, the current BMW X1 feels every inch the small X3 or X5. It uses the same UKL2 platform that forms the basis of the 2 Series Active Tourer and MINI Countryman and, shock horror, is available in both front and all wheel drive flavours. Sorry, BMW purists, there's no rear wheel drive option here.Not that this matters, because unless you want to engage in serious off roading rare in this segment it's genuinely hard to find fault with the X1. Rivals include the Mercedes Benz GLA, Audi Q3and new Volkswagen Tiguan, along with the Audi Q2, which is likely to perform well in such an image conscious segment.The X1 range kicks off with the basic SE trim level and includes Sport, M Sport and xLine models. All cars come with BMW's Business Navigation system, 17 inch alloy wheels, a head up display, DAB digital radio and a powered tailgate.Sport models gain 18 inch wheels and a 'sportier' trim, while xLine models boast adaptive LED headlights, perforated leather seats and a high gloss/pearl chrome interior trim. M Sport oakley discount store models receive a more aggressive M aerodynamic styling, M logos and M Sport suspension.The range of powertrains start with the front wheel drive sDrive 18d, although this entry level diesel engine is also available with xDrive all wheel drive. The most popular configuration is the xDrive 20d, although a more powerful 25d is available, along with a 20i petrol version.It's not as sharp as a BMW 3 Series, but the X1 is still entertaining to drive, and the xDrive models offer plenty of grip due to the intelligent all wheel drive system that can send power to the front or rear when either axle senses slip. The steering is direct and body control is kept nicely in check even with the dampers in their most comfortable setting.It's worth noting that we didn't get to drive a car on standard springs, so we'll have to reserve judgement on those until we drive one in the UK. However, if you're ordering one now, for 390, it's a fairly trivial option box that we'd recommend ticking as it's a small outlay for such a useful piece of equipment.We also only drove the automatic, which in all honesty is likely to be the top pick anyway. It's nicely refined and changes gear oakley sunglasses cheap with precision and pace. It's a bit jerky in Sport+ mode, but leave it in Comfort and you won't be disappointed.All cars apart from the basic 18d are four wheel drive, and it's the 20d that is likely to be the best seller. It'll do 0 62mph in 7.6 seconds and should prove sufficient for 90 per cent of X1 buyers.Don't go oakley gascan sunglasses thinking you can take your X1 too far off the beaten track, though. While hill descent control is included, this isn't the kind of car you'll go mud plugging in at the weekend. If you want to spend time off road, try a Range Rover Evoque.While we've not driven the petrol xDrive 20i yet, anyone looking to save the pennies should steer well clear. oakley factory sale While it isn't super thirsty, it can't compete with the frugal diesels emitting 146g/km and returning 44.8mpg. That said, if you only do short journeys and the occasional longer trip, it may suit your needs perfectly.Standard equipment is good, but be careful of adding too many options, as it can get expensive. A range of fixed price servicing deals should help to keep running costs in check, too.As a result, this new model is much more 'X car' and follows in the footsteps of its bigger siblings, the X3 and X5. It's taller and wider and gets a more purposeful stance. All cars come with 17 inch alloy wheels and beefed up bumpers as well as a taller ride height.SE models are well equipped, but it's the Sport and xLine models that we'd go for.
The larger wheels look great without ruining ride comfort, and the plusher interiors are well worth the extra cash. Sport cars get flashes of red with contrasting aluminium trim, while xLine models boast a choice of leather and wood options. M Sport cars are the most expensive, and are recognised by the blue trim, and specific M steering wheel and badging.
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