BMW X1 Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox


BMW X1 Overview

The BMW X1 created quite a furore when it landed on our shores back in December 2010. Launched at a starting price of INR 22 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), the crossover lowered the entry point into luxury car ownership. A little over five years after pioneering the entry-level luxury crossover segment, BMW introduced the second generation X1 in India.Check for car loan interest calculator.

The F48 BMW X1 raised a few eyebrows as it moved from a rear wheel drive to a front wheel drive layout. Purists may declare BMW using an FWD layout as sacrilegious, but that alone does not determine the fate of a car. What does, however, is whether the X1 checks all the right boxes in its target audience’s books or not. We spent a few days with a BMW X1 xDrive 20d M Sport seeking answers to that question.

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.

BMW X1 Comfort

Inside the X1 customers will find a fully redesigned interior. Even though the new cabin is also evolutionary and carries over some of the previous model’s cues, the crossover has plenty of new features to brag about. What’s more, it offers a lot more room than its predecessor, as well as enhanced luggage space.Legroom has increased by 1.5 in standard specification and up to 2.6 inches with the optional adjustable rear seat. Also, the seating position has been raised by more than one inch in the front and more than 2.5 inches in the rear. Cargo space has been increased by around 15 percent with the rear seats folded flat.

Moving over to styling, the dashboard now features a cleaner design, mostly thanks to the “floating” display and the smaller A/C vents. A vertical aluminum trim splits the dashboard in two horizontally giving it a classier appearance. The center stack sits closer to the infotainment screen allowing for increased storage space in the center console.The laundry list of standard features includes a seven-speaker audio system, a multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control. The standard seats come dressed in cloth, but customers can select a leather upholstery from the options list. Other options include an 8.8-inch display, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a panoramic moonroof, and many more.

BMW X1 Gearbox

The BMW X1 comes with the same 2.0-litre oil burner that also provides grunt to the 3-Series. The new B47 unit has improved over the older N47 plant and this time it comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission from Aisin rather than ZF. Acceleration pace is pretty good and 0-100 km/hr comes up in 7.8 seconds which isn’t too bad. The biggest change here is the fact that the new X1 is a darn front wheel drive car while it also gets an AWD option. Also gone is the manual handbrake of the older model which is replaced by a puny little button. A little less sideways fun now, eh?

The diesel engine puts out 190 BHP of power and 400 Nm of torque. Switch on the car and start driving and the first thing you notice is that the engine feels a tad bit noisier in the cabin, especially compared to the 320d. There is some amount of turbo lag which isn’t really bothersome and the X1 chugs around nicely with low throttle inputs needed inside the city. The Aisin tranny is good at its job and cogs are changed smoothly. For more info on BMW X1 check Bigintmedia

On the highways, the BMW X1 properly comes to life when the RPM needle starts hovering around the mid way mark. There is a very good surge of power and the compact SUV gathers pace quickly enough to touch 200 km/hr without making you wait for long. Eco Pro mode is best used in the city when you want to extract a couple of extra kms by compromising a bit on the power delivery. Comfort mode as you all know is suited for both city as well as highway driving while Sport mode holds on to the RPMs much longer, thus providing power as soon as you mash the throttle. Expect a fuel efficiency of 12-13 km/l if driven sanely and if you’ve had Redbull before stepping into the car then your wings (and fast driving!) will bring the efficiency down by a couple of kms per litre.

BMW X1 Riding

So far we’ve driven only the X1 25d xDrive. This has a twin-turbo engine (one for low revs and one for high), and four-wheel-drive. Its 231bhp can shift the 1575kg with useful urgency through the smooth eight-speed auto box. And it’s much quieter than the last-gen BMW diesels. Handling is pretty tidy, too, with precise steering. Only if you hurl it at a sharp bend does the chassis go soggy. Mostly it all feels progressive and nicely balanced. It’s not a dedicated off-roader but with all-season tyres ought to be good for a ski trip.What’s really improved since the last BMW X1 is the ride. It’s supple enough to be comfy, but well-damped enough not to induce sickness in a family vehicle. It’s a nice balance, which is something you couldn’t have said before. Book BMW X1 Test drive.

BMW X1 Safety

Protective elements are abundant in this BMW X1, which makes the drive quite safe. A total of six airbags are offered including dual front, side as well as head airbags in the front and rear. All the passengers get three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, thus minimizing the risk of injuries. Advanced attributes like the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control enhances the driving dynamics. In addition to all these, it also has ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection that increases the security levels.

BMW X1 Price in Pune 

Bmw X1 On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 43,85,604 to 56,20,345 for variants X1 sDrive20d Expedition and X1 xDrive20d M Sport respectively. Bmw X1 is available in 2 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Bmw X1 variants price in Pune. Check for BMW X1 price in Pune at Autozhop.

BMW X1 Bottomline

The new BMW X1 is quite the package, especially when you see it in light of the old one. Performance from the diesel engine is really impressive too, the ride quality is good and importantly the X1 is an SUV you’d love to drive yourself. Agreed, this X1 isn’t quite as engaging to drive as the old one was, but in the bigger picture, this is a more versatile and a more complete X1, and that’s the reason to like it. What makes it more likeable still is the way BMW has priced it. Prices start at Rs 29.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and top-off at Rs 39.9 lakh. Which compare well with the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. For the money, this just could be the best small luxury SUV you could buy.