BMW X1 Hatchback First Look Review

By | November 7, 2019

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BMW X1 Overview

In order to take on the likes of Audi Q3 and Mercedes Benz GLA class, BMW has offered X1 to the Indian buyers in the price range of Rs 32.4-42.7 lakh . This compact SUV has all the makings of a winner and comes with typical BMW kidney grill, sharp headlamps, sporty roof rails, and dynamic rear. Inside the cabin, the quality of the materials is quite likeable and the rear bench is spacious enough to carry 3 occupants in comfort. The X1 has boot capacity rated at 420-liter. Under the Hood, BMW has offered X1 with two engine choices- 190bhp 2.0-liter diesel engine and 191bhp 2.0-liter petrol motor, both mated to 8-speed automatic transmission. The Dynamics of BMW X1 can easily be considered as the segment benchmark; especially the handling prowess of this SUV is far more accomplished than its rivals like Audi and Mercedes.

BMW X1 Style

In fact, the whole design is a big departure from the old car. The new X1 is slightly shorter in length but is also taller and the proportions are a whole lot nicer now. Where the old X1 looked like a jacked up estate, this one looks like a small SUV.And it’s rather well done too. The look is unmistakably BMW, with the large kidney grille up front flanked by shapely LED headlights with those trademark LED rings. The particular X1 with us is the range-topping M Sport version that gets sportier, more sculpted bumpers, M badging on the flanks and smart 18-inch wheels. It’s also the only X1 that can be had in this racy shade of Estoril Blue.

At the sides, the X1 manages to look larger than its predecessor and elements like the mildly flared wheel arches and strong beltline give it a nicer look too. The rake of the rear windscreen is also more SUV-like now, and styling at the rear is, again, very modern BMW. The spread out tail-lights with their LED elements look particularly attractive.

BMW X1 Space

Stepping into this SUV, you will be surprised at the spaciousness of the BMW X1 Interiors. It can seat at least five able bodied adults comfortably and provides good legroom for all the passengers. BMW X1 specifications include a pleasant color scheme and its well-cushioned adjustable seats with integrated headrests are covered with good quality leather upholstery. The attractive digital instrument cluster on the dashboard features, speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge and numerous warning lights. The three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel is covered in premium leather and has the company’s logo etched on its middle. For passenger comfort, it has a powerful fully automatic air conditioner, cup and bottle holders. The luggage compartment has an overall capacity of 420 litres.

BMW X1 Gearbox

A bit about the mechanicals first. For now, the X1 is available only in diesel form and uses BMW’s latest 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine. Peak power is an impressive 187bhp and max torque is a strong 40.7kgm. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard fit, but buyers have the option to choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the two obviously available at different price points. In normal driving conditions, the xDrive system powers the front wheels, but when needed, it can send 100 percent of the torque to the rear axle. So how does it all come together?

The engine’s alert from 1,500rpm on, has got a strong mid-range and will even rev happily to 5,000rpm with the gearbox in manual mode. There’s great access to power and you really won’t be left wanting for more anywhere in the rev range. Of course, the engine feels its liveliest best in Sport, but Comfort is quick too. As with all modern BMWs, the quick-shifting gearbox deserves praise here. It really does bring the best out of the engine.Check for BMW X1 price in Chennai at Tryaldrive.

What further strengthens the X1’s case is ride comfort. The X1’s suspension is set up on the softer side and that’s good, because it absorbs all the surface imperfections well and keeps you well isolated from the happenings underneath. The softness of the suspension doesn’t mean the dynamics are bad, because this is a very well balanced car. In fact, BMW claims the new X1 boasts a 50:50 front-rear weight distribution. It’s a keen handler and not that much behind the rear-wheel-driven original X1 in this department. Sure, the new X1 doesn’t quite offer the same old-school connection you got in the old one, but this is still a very exciting SUV to drive. Of the standout elements, one is the steering. It feels precise, good off-centre and it’s well weighted too. The low-speed heft from the old X1’s rack is gone, which makes the new BMW a whole lot easier to live with.

BMW X1 Riding

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

For braking, BMW X1 has powerful ventilated disc brakes for all the tyres with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. In addition, it also include six airbags, three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection among a host of others. To know more info on BMW X1  check Icps2016

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 Thought

The new BMW X1 is quite the package, especially when you see it in light of the old one. Performance from the diesel engine is really impressive too, the ride quality is good and importantly the X1 is an SUV you’d love to drive yourself. Agreed, this X1 isn’t quite as engaging to drive as the old one was, but in the bigger picture, this is a more versatile and a more complete X1, and that’s the reason to like it. What makes it more likeable still is the way BMW has priced it. Prices start at Rs 29.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and top-off at Rs 39.9 lakh. Which compare well with the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. For the money, this just could be the best small luxury SUV you could buy.

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