BMW X1 – Car Forums – Edmunds

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2 of 5 X1 Reviews by carfan28

Oct 04, 2012 pm)


This fall, BMW is a car for those who are unhappy with the of the 3-series sedan—six inches in the past two generations alone. called the X1 and it’s about the length as the 2003 3-series, yet is spacious, more useful, and luxurious.

From a Car, a Car

Yes, the X designation suggests it’s an SUV—or SAV for Sports Vehicle in BMW vernacular—but it’s not For one thing, the X1 is only 60.8 high. That’s at least inches shorter than compact SUVs and no taller the likes of a Ford Taurus or a SX4.

For another, the X1 is the first BMW X available in a rear-drive version. behind the wheel, this X1 like a nimble hatchback a slightly higher seating

The hardware has great DNA, as the X1 is from the 1-series model we in America, which is closely to the last-generation (E90) 3-series. means a solid structure, suspension design, and excellent

The X1 comes as the sDrive28i or xDrive28i BMW’s 2.0-liter turbo with 240 hp, or as the xDrive35i with the turbo 3.0-liter six (North is the only market where the X1 this bigger engine). no manual transmission is available, and you can get rear drive with the But the four’s automatic is the superb ZF unit that we have praised in its other BMW applications; the offers only a six-speed transmission.

Biding Its Time

The X1 was introduced in Germany a couple of ago (we drove one then) and we are getting a version that is very The interior is richer than we get in 1-series cars—at least as as that of the last-generation 3-series. The are high quality, the textures and are tasteful, and everything is assembled

The premium sense is reinforced by a that felt rock on the Bavarian roads near BMW in Munich, and the cabin was hushed at 100 mph.

While you do sit a couple higher in the X1 than in a BMW sedan, the position still feels carlike than trucklike. feel is superb and the steering and weighting are very good, on the rear-drive model that an electrically assisted rack. the 2.0-liter turbo/eight-speed automatic motivates the X1 effortlessly.

Both models should require a bit six seconds to reach 60, and BMW is estimating 24 mpg on the EPA city cycle and 33 on the highway the four-cylinder and rear-wheel drive. At the end of the economy spectrum, the xDrive35i is to achieve ratings of 18/27

Matters of Size

At 6.5 inches 3.3 inches narrower, and 4.6 inches than an X3, the X1 gives up some But the front compartment has generous and headroom and plenty of shoulder for all but outlying adults. The rear offers plenty of head- and room for two adults, but kneeroom is on the side, recalling that 328i.

And the combination of the narrow cabin and the driveline tunnel makes the position fairly useless.


the best way to view the X1 is as a 1-series hatchback, reconstituted in a shape to appeal to Americans. While is obvious pandering, at least faux SUV is well-packaged, relatively and good to drive. In fact, it very much like a BMW

With base prices from $31,545 for an sDrive28i to for an xDrive35i, the X1 likely will plenty of takers.


So how the X1 drive? The xDrive 35i does to accelerate like one of those over-engined sleds from the but without the danger. Funny is, eight-speed gearing and probably 300 less weight make up for a bit of the sDrive 28i’s 60-hp/45-lb-ft deficit, making the acceleration lag like a whole lot less the one second claimed by BMW (5.3 vs.

Our rear-driver also benefited the M Sport package, and so felt a bit better buttoned-down, but still to understeer at the limit, and those were less clearly through the helm of the sDrive because that’s the only to which electric power can be fitted. The all-wheel-drive system the electric motor, so all X1 xDrive get BMW’s sublime hydraulic-assist — an endangered species to be and fostered.

The six sounds sublime and has no boost lag, but its aging is slower to shift and less than the rapid-fire ZF eight-speed, keeps the little N20 humming its sweet spot. That’s why guessing the slightly heavier might actually be the X1 to lust Couple xDrive with the M package, and it gets a special programming algorithm that 80 percent of the torque to the rear cornering, with a bit of braking to the wheel shunting torque to help rotate the car and ward off the we felt in the rear-driver.

Both models of the X1 we tested Germany’s pristine Gorilla roads with admirable control, but the non M-Sport all-season P7 Cinturatos wailed like an American Idol contestant most unbecoming of an Ultimate Machine. Because we were in and we could, we ran the M Sport version the high-speed tires up to its 149-mph and found it a bit light and wandery as too much air was crowding in under 7-inch ground clearance.

you see the X1 around other crossovers and its significantly lower roofline it hard to imagine it as any sort of although its superior ground means it might get farther from help than its cute-ute brethren before it stuck. Of course, if we can all agree going off-road, maybe the question facing would-be owners in the showroom is X1 or 328i Wagon?

The Wangers musclecar fans have to go for the 35i’s 13 lb/hp The auto journalist will opt for the low-cg wagon. Probably the BMW aspirant will be delighted the $31,545 X1.


So you’d a small BMW but don’t like the impractical coupe body? You yourself young and sophisticated and buy a 135i if you could just get it in hot-hatch form? Well, we good news: come fall, you can get a subcompact 1-series with either four- or firepower.

Even better it’s cheaper than the coupe.

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