BMW X1 Review & First Drive

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BMW X1 Overview

It is no secret that the Audi Q3 has been giving the X1 tough competition ever since its launch last year and so rightly within a few days the new X1 has come out. Though it is not a completely new model it does bring in some updates to the design and adds some freshness to the package. In the looks department the front bumper receives some tweaks and the headlight which looks the same has new internal detailing and get LEDs. The interior changes are namely the side of the centre console angled towards the driver is now shallower.

The interior colour theme is now black which we like and the wood finish has now gone replaced by aluminium elements.The base variant has all the features that you would want though the other trim levels add more goodies like sports multi-function steering wheel with leather, multi-colour ambient lighting and matte wood finish. You also get additional optional equipment in form of glass sunroof, powered seats, 8.8 inch screen. What has not changed is the space inside as its still a bit cramped as before. The X1 now has only one engine option and that means the potent diesel engine remains. This engine now makes 181 bhp and is more powerful. Plus the old gearbox has now gone replaced by a new 8-speed one which is more smooth and more responsive. Check for BMW X1 price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

This new gearbox makes the X1 seem more fast than it is and helps it greatly. This diesel has enough grunt and feels quick. The ride of the old X1 was a bit crashy and a bit on the hard side but the new X1 takes care of that part as its much better now. The ride over bumps and potholes is much better though it is still not the best riding car in its class.The X1 still is a BMW which means that it is a hoot to drive and feels great on the limit. This is an SUV but being a BMW its steering and chassis makes it a lot fun. However the steering is very heavy at low speeds which means navigating is traffic is difficult. The new X1 has aloads of safety features as well! The X1 is priced at Rs 37.90 lakhs which means its more expensive now and it remains to be seen how the market will react to it especially the bigger new Honda CR-V is cheaper! For a detailed analysis read below

BMW X1 Look

BMW X1 has an athletic look and is designed to be a head turner when it is driven on the road. BMW X1 features includes a length of 4439mm and with an overall width of 2058mm. It has body colored bumpers. The well-known kidney shaped radiator grille has a bold design and has horizontal chrome stripe to give it a premium look. The headlights cluster is big and powerful and are equipped with LED headlamps. From the car’s side profile, you will notice body coloured ORVM caps (with integrated turn lamps) and door handles along with uniquely designed fenders, which house alloy rims mounted by tubeless radial tyres. The rear profile of this car reinforces the intimidating look of its front. BMW X1 Colors available in the market include, Valencia Orange, Glacier Silver, Black Sapphire, Mineral White, Midnight Blue, Deep Sea Blue, and Marrakesh Brown

BMW X1 Comfort

Looking at the generous dimensions of the vehicle on the outside, I was a bit surprised when I opened the door to step into the driver’s seat. The cabin feels compact and even the dashboard and centre console seem to have a compact layout. Just like any other BMW, ergonomics are spot on and the dash is very driver centric. Materials used all over feel very upmarket and premium but when you drive this X1 back to back with any other car from the same stable, say the 3-Series, that is when you realise how superior the other car feels. For more info on  BMW X1 visit Ogequipment

There are lesser number of buttons on the steering wheel, centre console, etc. and even though you do get a lot of features, the X1 does make you feel evident that yes it is one of the cheapest BMWs around. Even the round knob that is used to control the infotainment system is smaller in size. I found the front seats very comfortable and finding that perfect driving position is super easy thanks to the electric seat controls. The driving position itself feels much like that of a crossover and if you’re expecting a proper SUV-like driving position that feels commanding, then you’ll be disappointed.

The rear seats are comfortable too and space is better than the old X1. You also get a basic centre armrest at the rear. The best part about the new X1 is the large windows that BMW has endowed and it makes the cabin feel very airy and lends a positive vibe. Gone is the claustrophobic feel that you get in cars with smaller glass areas. If you’re buying a car for Rs. 40 odd lakhs you expect it to have a ton of fancy gizmos (a la Skoda Superb or Ford Endeavour) but BMW is known to skip a lot of features from the standard equipment list and the X1 is no different. It misses out on vital stuff like a parking camera. It doesn’t even have cruise control.

BMW X1 Transmission

The BMW X1 comes with the same 2.0-litre oil burner that also provides grunt to the 3-Series. The new B47 unit has improved over the older N47 plant and this time it comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission from Aisin rather than ZF. Acceleration pace is pretty good and 0-100 km/hr comes up in 7.8 seconds which isn’t too bad. The biggest change here is the fact that the new X1 is a darn front wheel drive car while it also gets an AWD option. Also gone is the manual handbrake of the older model which is replaced by a puny little button. A little less sideways fun now, eh?

The diesel engine puts out 190 BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque. Switch on the car and start driving and the first thing you notice is that the engine feels a tad bit noisier in the cabin, especially compared to the 320d. There is some amount of turbo lag which isn’t really bothersome and the X1 chugs around nicely with low throttle inputs needed inside the city. The Aisin tranny is good at its job and cogs are changed smoothly.

On the highways, the BMW X1 properly comes to life when the RPM needle starts hovering around the mid way mark. There is a very good surge of power and the compact SUV gathers pace quickly enough to touch 200 km/hr without making you wait for long. Eco Pro mode is best used in the city when you want to extract a couple of extra kms by compromising a bit on the power delivery. Comfort mode as you all know is suited for both city as well as highway driving while Sport mode holds on to the RPMs much longer, thus providing power as soon as you mash the throttle. Expect a fuel efficiency of 12-13 km/l if driven sanely and if you’ve had Redbull before stepping into the car then your wings (and fast driving!) will bring the efficiency down by a couple of kms per litre.

BMW X1 Driving

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.

BMW X1 Safety

The X1 still is a BMW which means that it is a hoot to drive and feels great on the limit. This is an SUV but being a BMW its steering and chassis makes it a lot fun. However the steering is very heavy at low speeds which means navigating is traffic is difficult. The new X1 has aloads of safety features as well!

BMW X1 Cost in Chennai

Bmw X1 On Road Price is 42,93,318/- and Ex-showroom Price is 35,20,000/- in Chennai. Bmw X1 comes in 7 colours, namely Mineral White (metallic ),Deep Sea Blue,Black Sapphire (metallic),Marrakesh Brown (metallic),Valencia Orange,Glacier Silver (metallic),Midnight Blue (metallic). Bmw X1 comes with FWD with 1995 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 190 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1750-2500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 7.8 seconds . Bmw X1 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

BMW X1 Final Word

If you look at the X1 as an entry-level BMW, you won’t be disappointed at all because the car has evolved very nicely from the previous generation and it feels very good as an overall package. Yes, it misses out on some very vital equipment but this shouldn’t really be a deal breaker. The X1 also gets an AWD system now which makes it a proper compact SUV. The 2016 BMW X1 makes for a splendid buy if you’re looking at entering the elite club but don’t want something as basic as a 1-Series or something. Even when compared to rivals, the X1 feels more of an SUV compared to the Mercedes GLA while the Audi Q3 is something that’ll give a tough fight to this Bimmer.

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