BMW X1 Overview

If you haven’t had an overdose of compact SUVs at this year’s Auto Expo, then here is another one and a really luxurious one at that. But before we delve deeper into this important new car, there’s one important aspect that sets this new car apart – this is the car that started the trend. A fact nearly ignored by one and all but the X1 was the first to conjure the compact crossover segment in India.It’s been five years since the BMW X1 showed up in showrooms across India. Despite being a car that ushered in a new genre there was something about its oddball looks that left people a little perplexed. The X1 then, almost always left you wondering if it were a large hatchback or an SUV. View offers on BMW Cars from BMW dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

BMW X1 Look

BMW gets their brand new X1 into the country and this one blows away all doubts about the car’s category. One look at it and it’s evidently more butch, closer to its SUV roots than the previous generation car. That X1, while still being an appealing design, drifted away from its X-lineage which we’re used to seeing in the bigger X3 and X5 SUVs. The car was just a little toned down to be as intimidating to look at.Not this one though. That new front end design is sportier, ramped up with the M Sport trim you see on the pages, those angry LED headlamps rather than the puppy faced predecessor, sporting the trademark BMW halo-ringed DRLs and the strong lines on the bonnet scream “I’m all grown up!”. The smooth lines on the fenders continue onto become pronounced shoulder lines. Come towards the back of the car and a sporty bumper with twin, chrome-tipped tail-pipes make sure that the X1 now stands apart from any angle. And we’re not forgetting those gorgeous fibre-optic LED taillamps. This little Bimmer sure looks the part.

BMW X1 Comfort

Step inside, and the first thing you notice is that the X1 is now a lot more luxurious than before. The new 8.7-inch display on the centre of the dashboard catches your attention. Though it doesn’t slide into the dash like the Audi Q3, it still looks stylish and comes with a nice metallic border. It is, of course, equipped with the iDrive infotainment system, as well as navigation. What’s disappointing, though, is that the X1 doesn’t come with a reverse camera – something that’s present even in many small hatchbacks today. Truly inexcusable!

One major upgrade from the previous X1, though, is that the cabin is now far more spacious – even though the new model is slightly shorter in length. The headroom has increased by 53mm, but the biggest improvement is the knee room for the rear passengers – which has increased by 37mm. The rear seats are quite versatile too, as they’re split-folding and also slide forwards and backwards. And one has to compliment BMW for crafting very comfortable front and rear seats. The contours of the seats provide ample back and side support. Also the driving position has vastly improved, as the space in the front has increased by 36mm (as compared with 64mm in the rear). All told, these are certainly some of the best seats in this segment.

BMW X1 Gearbox

It’s finally time to get behind the wheel and take control of the new X1. We fired up the 1,995cc, four-cylinder diesel heart, and noticed immediately that the engine noise has reduced substantially. The 187bhp kicks in as soon as you cross the 1,500rpm mark, at which point that hesitant smile turns into a wide grin. The X1 is deceptively quick – before we knew it we were cruising at three-digit speeds. A lot of credit should also go to the quick shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox, which makes the new X1 very responsive. And, personally, I love the Head-Up Display – which projects driver-related information onto the windscreen.

And at least in all-wheel drive trim, the X1 is certainly a driver-oriented vehicle – which is what you expect from a BMW. But they haven’t overlooked the comfort angle either. The suspension set up of the X1 is softer than before, and it easily manages to cushion the many bumps and ditches on our roads. And, like all BMW’s, it has a 50:50 weight distribution – which ensures that it’s everything that you would hope for in the handling department. The old X1 was efficient but the new one with the 8-speed gearbox is even better and the diesel engine provides a good range. BMW claims that the car returns a fuel-efficiency of 17.05 km/l

BMW X1 Rideing

The ride of the old X1 was a bit crashy and a bit on the hard side but the new BMW 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. One thing is the lack of refinement as the new X1 feels noisyAfter driving the all-new X1, it’s obvious that BMW completely shredded the architecture of the first generation X1 and started working on this new model from scratch.

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 Price in Hyderabad

Bmw X1 Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 32,38,475/- (X1 sDrive20d Expedition) to 42,68,403/- (X1 xDrive20d M Sport). Get best offers for Bmw X1 from Bmw Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for X1 price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

BMW X1 Bottomline

The new X1 is definitely a huge step forward. Thanks to the new platform, it’s now more spacious and offers far better comfort for occupants. Four trims lets one choose between the front-wheel drive variants and the availability of all-wheel drive slots in the X1 bang in the middle of its competition from its German arch rivals. With prices starting at Rs 29.9 lakh ex-showroom, the X1 also offer a viable option for anyone entering the premium/luxury compact segment which hasn’t seen a new product in some time now. Absence of a rear view camera is only a minor flaw that’s easy to overlook with a car that’s so much better all around than the older version.

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