BMW X1 Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

BMW X1 Overview

The new BMW X1 SUV is based on the UKL platform that allows it to shed 135Kgs. It also gets improved cabin space, thanks to the taller and wider body shell. The all-new BMW X1’s wheelbase has been increased by 90mm, and also sports an 85-litre increase in boot space and a 37mm increase in rear knee room.The new BMW X1 SUV is based on the UKL platform that allows it to shed 135Kgs. It also gets improved cabin space, thanks to the taller and wider body shell. The all-new BMW X1’s wheelbase has been increased by 90mm, and also sports an 85-litre increase in boot space and a 37mm increase in rear knee room. The list of most noticeable design updates on the new BMW X1 comprises larger dimensions, updated LED head and tail-lamp units and a mildly updated form of the company’s signature kidney-shaped 2-part front grille. View offers on BMW Cars from BMW dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

BMW X1 Look

One of the previous gen BMW X1’s biggest shortcomings was that it simply didn’t look the part of a rugged SUV. But that’s in the past because the new car looks like it belongs to the X family and it appears tough and imposing despite being the youngest sibling. The new X1 has a handsome face with smart wraparound lamps that taper towards a large kidney grille. The trademark twin corona ring lamps ensure the X1 will never be mistaken for anything but a BMW. Full LED headlamps with a cornering function are now standard. The side cuts a similar profile to the BMW X3 but appears a little lower (it’s actually 53mm taller than the old X1) and this gives it a sporty effect. The rear end has twin pipes and a well executed pair of LED lamps that taper in a similar fashion to the headlamps. There’s a also a neatly integrated spoiler that has a smart back trim along the sides.

This car is in the top M Sport trim which means it gets more aggressive bumpers, and black treatment around the windows and on the roof rails. The rear bumper gets a smart looking gloss grey trim but we wonder how this will stand up to attack from road debris and stone chips. The good news is the that the M Sport trim has the same 165mm ground clearance as the other trims. There’s also a cool M style key fob and lovely 18-inch M branded wheels. However, the best feature of the M Sport kit is the segment first head-up display which shows more than just speed, including turn by turn navigation data, audio information and the door open warning.

BMW X1 Comfort

Open the door and get inside and you will be greeted with the typical BMW interior flavour. The neatly sculpted dashboard that houses the instrument cluster as well as the large screen for the iDrive functionality is reminiscent of the BMW 3-Series. Attention has been paid to the ergonomics for center console is tilted slightly towards the driver in order to allow for easy use of all the functions. The X1 is styled for the trendsetting individual and since this is a machine that begs to be driven, rather than being driven in, BMW has taken the pains to ensure that the owner gets a sense of personal control while seated in the cockpit.

The interiors are well appointed with quality seats, numerous storage spaces within the cabin for small knick-knacks and adding to that is the flexibility which includes the rear folding arm rest, the three way rear seat splitting capability (40/20/40) and the fact that the backrest can be tilted up to 31 degrees to increase comfort for rear passengers. Storage space is also great with a 450 liter luggage compartment that can be expanded all the way to a maximum of 1350 liters if the rear seats are folded flat. No doubt it’s as flexible as interiors get, but being a compact vehicle there is a space crunch, especially for rear seat passengers. Having said that, its mainly tall people such as me who would actually find the rear seat too cramped and this point actually is my only grouse with the vehicle. Anyway, I wasn’t’ going to spend my time in the rear seat for this vehicle begs to be driven and the driver’s seat is where all the action is- especially in a BMW.

BMW X1 Gearbox

As with the recently launched facelifted 3 Series, BMW is sticking with a diesel-only approach for the X1 at launch. There’s one engine available and it is the familiar 1,995cc four cylinder turbocharged diesel. However, BMW haven’t simply shoehorned the old motor in. Instead, it’s been worked on to produce more power and torque, now making a total of 190PS at 4,000rpm and 400Nm at 1,750-2,500rpm thanks to revised higher fuel pressures, and redesigned lower weight internals. A similar 8-speed automatic from most BMWs finds its way here and is as smooth and responsive as a vehicle like this could ever need be.

The motor feels familiar with a free revving nature but a rather loud note. Stand next to the car at idle and you’ll be greeted by quite a fair amount of clatter. Fortunately the sound insulation reduces it to a much quieter level in the cabin. There are three driving modes, Eco, Comfort and Performance. These work based on engine mapping and steering weight. Eco mode reduces throttle response and reduces the climate control’s load on the engine. Sport mode deactivates the start-stop function, increases throttle response and generally makes the X1 feel sharper and more reactive. Performance is sprightly and the 0-100kmph time is 8.4 seconds while top speed is a claimed 219kmph. It’s fast but efficient, returning 12.1kmpl in city and 17.9.kmpl on on the highway.

BMW X1 Driving

In terms of ride quality, the X1 is rather comfortable. The suspension set up is typical German and slightly tightly sprung which does allow for a little harshness to seep in, however if you were to compare this with other cars priced around the same league, the X1 is at par in terms of ride quality. In fact I would say it matches some larger sedans such as the current VW Passat.

Where the X1 scores is in the handling department. The vehicle is precise and can be pushed through corners like nobody’s business. It does come fitted with DTC (traction control), but one must remember that the X1 in India is currently only offered as a rear wheel drive vehicle and having said that, it is truly amazing to see how it just grips the road and can make easy game of twisties. The handling set up leans towards the X1’s sporty nature and BMW has managed to achieve this while giving the vehicle a rather high ground clearance of 193mm in order to allow for some fun in the dirt as well! The high ground clearance is actually an attribute to offer a heightened level of freedom to the driver in terms of enjoying the outdoors, however in India, where we have speed breakers the size of small hillocks; this ground clearance really comes in handy. After all, who likes the sound of expensive metal grating against the breaker; which is a common incident with most sedans.

BMW X1 Safety

BMW has provided six airbags across line-up and features like anti-lock-braking system with brake assist, cornering brake control, dynamic stability control, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor, ISOFIX chid seat mounting and three-point seat belts at all seats are put in place to avert injuries.Exterior features including LED headlamps with LED DRLs, cornering lights, adaptive light distribution, parking lights, fog lamps and LED tail lamps are standard across range. On the inside, X1 packs sliding armrest in front with storage compartment, rear centre armrest with 2 cup holders, velour floor mats, 40:20:40 rear split seats etc.

BMW X1 Cost 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 Conclusion

On the whole, The X1 has a lot riding in its favour. It’s a BMW, it’s a head turner, it’s powerful and it’s extremely well proportioned to suit the congested environment of our metros. Despite its dimensions, the X1 cocoons you in luxury and also offers you the much needed status proving you have indeed arrived. BMW has managed to price the X1 rather aggressively with the petrol model starting at around Rs. 22 lakh and the diesel models ranging from Rs. 23.5 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh depending on the package. As stated earlier the X1 has also ushered in a new segment, namely the premium compact vehicle segment and by doing so it doesn’t have any direct competitors. However if you were to take on other vehicles strictly from a price point perspective the X1 is all set to march in on the territory of the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Captiva. These vehicles might be slightly larger than the X1, but the BMW brand tag is bound to be the ultimate temptress.

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