BMW X1 full review | TopCar

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July 26,

YOU WANT TO give a car the kiss of in South Africa? Just it an estate, avant or station and watch sales wither into nothingness. You’ll more luck trying to a Lions jerseys at Loftus trying to peddle your wagon.

I don’t get my countrymen’s of estates. I love them. handle like sedans but are far practical thanks to all that space in the back.

You even get versions with decent clearance that will you comfortably and safely on gravel if you to go exploring.

Instead South love their SUV ’s. They the high seating position, the extra space, the feeling of that comes from something bigger or a least as big as any car on the road. And there’s always the of a cross-country African trip to on to.

Or at least the knowledge that you can hop a if there’s no parking place in the school’s car park when you to fetch little Johnny.

just spent two weeks BMW’s latest X-car, the X1 . and it from every angle. BMW is it the first sports activity in the compact premium segment (a luxury SUV in other words), but I’m now a rose by any other name is a rose. I’m calling this one a wagon.


The contentious part of this is the exterior styling. Imagine a hand pressing hard on the of an X3 . flattening and elongating it before out a hard smack on the nose to the front. You’re a lot closer to the than in an X3 . but still slightly behind the wheel than be in a 3 Series . Officially it’s a ‘semi-command’ position, which means you’re in full in an X6 but unfortunately have less in a dinky 1 Series .

Choose your colours, trim and alloys well, and I the X1 will strike a more pose than most SUVs at the mall’s parking If a bit of bling is your thing, go for the X Line package at R7100 . basically a set of silver-painted inserts on the and rear bumpers as well as on the sills which together the car pop a bit more. The best looking set of will set you back another though.

On the inside versatility is the name of X-game. Clever storage and cupholders abound, supplementing an very solid and traditional BMW It’s a full five-seater, a rear bench that and folds forward in a 40/20/40 for when you want to slip items like water-skis or through the rear hatch. at the back is good, even for

The angle of the rear seats can be adjusted.

The rear luggage grows from 420 litres to a litres with the seats down. It’s all functional and to use. If you want to spec the car up to luxurious SUV levels, you’re to have to fork out a lot more the R376000 asking price of our car.

Leather seats are R13900 . interior trim finishes another R3200 . cruise R3 500 . electric front seats . Bluetooth compatibility R6700 and an USB interface will cost R3100 . The list (really) go on.


BMW has built its on making cars that are to drive, and the X1 is not going to be the model to it for them. It’s based on the 3 Touring (there’s that creeping into things so it’s solid on the long stretches and dynamically good in the One of our testers thought the steering was too especially at low speeds, but I prefer a bit of to my wheel.

I wouldn’t have noticed it if he mentioned it. The X1 ’s available in four of which only the two top of the range are four-wheel drive models. The petrol in the range, the 2.0-litre . and our test car, the SDrive 20 D . are drive only. Personally I’d some bucks and sacrifice the system. Our roads are seldom icy and is not meant to be an off-roader.

The lighter 20D will reward you with performance and better fuel than its heavier four-wheel brother.

It’s not necessarily the diesel we’ve driven, but surprisingly revvy and responsive for an with 130kW and 350Nm on It’s probably best to the six-speed automatic transmission than the manual transmission of our car though.

We reckon in this specific case you’d be much paying the additional R16000 for the and let the car do the shifting for you. For once we came quite close to claimed fuel economy of 5.6 litres per 100km . which is remarkable since we didn’t shy from spirited driving.

BMW is to have opened up a brand new with the X1 . Maybe, but our take is it’s a really good wagon which manages to the lines between hatch, and SUV extremely well. Expect to see a lot of very soon in a suburb you.

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