BMW X1 Review
Value for Money SUVMonday, November 11, 2013
X1 is a compact SUV from BMW which was launched two years back in India. Now, looking at the rising competition, BMW has re-launched X1 to make sure that it remains at the top position in its segment. Does it have the potential? Let’s check out.
There are no major changes in this department as the basic design and styling of the car remains intact. The low stance of X1 differentiates it from other compact SUVs. BMW has elegantly designed this car which makes it look up-market. The angular headlights now get LED corona rings inside which add premium touch to this car. The typical BMW grille at its front gels well with the front styling of X1. Round shaped fog lights are placed just below its headlights while you will also notice the new glossy finish on the tip of its front bumper. This finishing can be seen all around this car. The multi-spoke alloy wheels, bulgy wheel arches and long bonnet remains unchanged. The car features new side mirrors integrated with side indicators. The silver finished roof rails and side cladding add sporty character to this car. X1 has a short rear overhang which gives it a compact look when seen from the back. In fact, it looks much sporty and dynamic when seen from the back. The wide rear glass and integrated spoiler, antenna and wiper make it look attractive. The sharp lines on its boot gate and rear bumper further enhance the visual charm of this car.
BMW has changed the dull interiors of X1 and now it comes with all black color inside. The car now feels much more premium and gives you the true essence of luxury inside. The silver finishing also goes well with the black color. The car uses rich quality of plastic material and fabrics. The seats are well cushioned and give you optimum amount of back and under thigh support. There is enough head room and shoulder room at its front and five people can comfortably fit in this car.
Comfort and Convenience
BMW X1 comes with comfort features like automatic climate control, adjustable leather wrapped steering wheel, electric wing mirrors, power windows, cruise control, MID and individual arm rests. Apart from these, the car also has adjustable seats, keyless entry and height adjustable drive seat.
Dashboard and Storage
The up-raised black colored dashboard looks quite attractive with aluminium finishing around its AC vents. The texture and designing of this dashboard makes it look up-market. There is a big screen placed just above its AC vents while the integrated gear console also looks sporty with short gear knob. The dashboard features an air-cooled glove box for storage while you will also notice door pockets and back pockets on front seats. The rear centre arm rest also comes with cup holders. X1 has a boot capacity of 420 litres which can be extended by folding down its rear seats.
BMW X1 comes with company fitted music system and speakers. This system also comes with BMW app which allows you to connect with your iPhone and iPod. You can choose and play music through simple connectivity. The car also features Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system. All audio and Bluetooth controls are mounted on the steering wheel of X1.
Engine and Gearbox
BMW has re-tuned the engine of X1 to make it more powerful and efficient. X1 is powered by the same 1995cc, 4-cylinder diesel engine. This liquid-cooled, 16 valves engine now produces a peak power of 184 bhp at 4000 rpm. The torque output of this DOHC engine has also increased significantly and now it generates a maximum torque output of 380 Nm which ranges from 1750-2750rpm. BMW has also blessed X1 with an all new eight speed automatic transmission which effectively uses the torque amount of this engine.
Acceleration and Performance
With improved specifications and light weight, X1 enjoys an impressive power to weight ratio which makes this new car significantly faster than before. The car reaches the speed of 100km/hr from standstill in less than 8.5 seconds. X1 can easily go pass the speed of 190km/hr and shows instant throttle reaction. The eight speed gearbox effectively supplies power to its rear wheels which also gives it an advantage when you take it off road. It feels quite confident while doing up-hill journeys and suffers minor turbo lag. The well matched gear ratios make it quite enjoyable in city traffic. The engine sounds quiet refined but sometimes it feels a bit harsh when rev hard.
Mileage and Safety Features
BMW X1 manages to return you a fuel economy of around 10.5km/ltr in city conditions while these figures improve on long journeys. X1 comes with vital safety features like 6 airbags, park assist and ESP.
Suspension and Brakes
BMW X1 has an independent suspension system at its both ends. All wheels of the car are equipped with ventilated disc brakes. The car also features ABS with EBD and brake assist for precise braking.
Ride and Handling
There is significant difference in the handling of X1 as now it feels much lighter and accurate than before. The electronic steering gives you right feedback at high speeds and keeps you connected to roads. The low seating also gives you clear view of roads and it’s quite easy to handle this car in city traffic. The wheelbase of 2760mm makes it exceptionally stable on highways. The car easily digests major potholes and makes less noise. The traction control and wide tyres also hold this car well around corners.
Shades, Variants and Warranty
Three variants of X1 are available in ten different shades. BMW offers a warranty of 2years/unlimited kilometres on X1.
BMW X1 ranges from INR 27.9-32.5lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi (approx., may vary)). It is certainly not a hard-core SUV as it neither looks macho nor it gives you thrilling off road experiences with all-wheel drive system. Instead, it’s a compact SUV which favours city usage and performs like any other sedan. We won’t say it’s a complete value for money car but keeping its brand reputation in mind, you can surely opt for this car.