Monday, May 25, 2020
ADVT 
Reviews

2018 BMW X1

By Benjamin Yong, 24 Jul, 2018

    A small but effective offering from BMW

     
    When I first laid eyes on BMW’s latest redesigned sports activity vehicle, I thought, that X3 looks nice. But it was actually the new X1, which is the smallest such offering from the German automaker recently entering its second generation all grown up.
     
    I’m not being figurative – the SAV is nearly 23 millimetres wider than before and 430 millimetres taller, resulting in a much more significant presence on the road. While the exterior doesn’t seem drastically different, all the visual elements have been massaged and refined. For example, the kidney grille now appears 3-D, and underneath, the air intakes are split into a trio of distinct units rather than joined together. Around the other end, the rear bumper diffuser gains a multi-piece look, housing twin exhaust pipes. 
     
    A number of premium features are standard, including LED signature daytime running lights, fog lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in run-flat tires and automatic liftgate. The list of premium bundled equipment continues on the inside with electric front seats capable of storing driver-side adjustments and radar cruise control. Genuine leather seating surfaces are optional – our tester had rather hard Dakota leather matched to modern dark matte wood trim – regular fare consists of a pleather material known as SensaTec. 
     
     
    Those behind the wheel can sit in excess of 25 millimetres higher than previously, yielding a greater view of the road. Unlike most subcompact crossovers, rear passengers wanting to stretch out a bit pose no problem thanks to an increase of 970 millimetres in legroom. The second row has a 40:20:40 split, each section able to fold down individual for extra versatility. The seatback is powered, folding nearly flat at the touch of a button allowing for easy loading and unloading of cargo. When fully reclined, up to 1,550 litres of space is afforded, or 505 litres upright. That’s an additional 15 per cent compared to previously. 
     
    The infotainment system is controlled via the latest version of iDrive, and information is relayed on a 6.5-inch display or an available freestanding 8.7-inch freestanding monitor. Customers can also opt for a Premium Package Enhanced bundling in BMW’s excellent head-up display integrated into the front windshield, built-in navigation and a 360-watt, 12-speaker Harman Kardon HiFi stereo, instead of the regular seven-speaker setup.
     
    The latest X1 is sold with only one motor: a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo engine mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. The four-cylinder mill produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque – not fast by any means but sufficient when we used the 1,677-kilogram small SUV through to perform typical duties like light highway commuting, running about town and hauling the odd full load of people. 
     
    As a side note, the occupants I shuttled to and fro loved all the storage spaces thoughtfully installed throughout the vehicle. There are large door pockets all around that can hold a large drink bottle, with two more cup holders in front of the shifter; a storage compartment integrated into the instrument panel on the left side, and a cubby underneath the front armrest to stash precious items safely out of view.
     
     
    All X1s come with xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, perfect for our cold and wet Canadian climates. The AWD system talks to the onboard Dynamic Stability Control and together can cancel out unwanted over or under steer before it happens.
     

    HIGHLIGHTS

    MSRP: $52,540   
    Motor: 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder    
    Horsepower: 228 @ 5,000 rpm
    Torque (lb-ft): 258 @ 1,250 rpm     
    Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
    Layout: Front engine, all-wheel drive     
    Fuel economy: 11.6 L/100 km mixed city/highway (observed)
     
     
     

    Join DARPAN Magazine community on socialmedia!  

     

     FACEBOOK  |  TWITTER   | INSTAGRAM  |  YOUTUBE    |  ISSUU

     

     

    MORE Reviews ARTICLES

    2017 Nissan Sentra Turbo

    2017 Nissan Sentra Turbo
    After disappearing from the portfolio for a few years, a performance Sentra finally returns to the fold with the arrival of the 2017 Nissan SR Turbo. Much more than just a few bolt-on upgrades, it goes as fast as it looks and brings back a sense of fun to the badge that has been sorely missed. 

    2017 Nissan Sentra Turbo

    Cleaning the Devastation of ‘Hurricane Kid’

    Cleaning the Devastation of ‘Hurricane Kid’
    Tips for parents to keep their car clean this summer

    Cleaning the Devastation of ‘Hurricane Kid’

    Shine up Your Ride for the Summer

    Shine up Your Ride for the Summer

    Your motorcycle is eye candy; make it look like eye candy

    Shine up Your Ride for the Summer

    Lincoln Continental Reserve

    Lincoln Continental Reserve

    My ties with the Continental go back to a 1964 model my friend had in the mid-70s, in fact it was the first car I ever drove after I obtained my temporary driver’s licence. Having driven many Lincolns, I will be the first to say that this new Continental is a lot like but genuinely better than its predecessors. 

    Lincoln Continental Reserve

    Mercedes-Benz E300 4MATIC

    Mercedes-Benz E300 4MATIC

    Once you stop and look at the E300 you begin to appreciate the simple yet attractive lines of the car. As you enter the car you find the subdued lines leading to a nice well laid-out interior.

    Mercedes-Benz E300 4MATIC

    Lexus IS 200t F Sport

    Lexus IS 200t F Sport

    The latest IS I have tested is the 200t series, which is the base model of the IS line up and the only rear drive model in the group.

    Lexus IS 200t F Sport