BMW X1 Test Drive in Hyderabad

BMW X1 Overview

BMW X1 is a big and powerful looking car that has sturdy build and offers off-road capabilities too. BMW X1 new model released during Auto Expo 2016 is an amazing amalgamation of class and style. It falls in the well above 4-meter category and has amazing features that compare well with its rivals in this price range. This muscular looking SUV has 2670mm of wheelbase that allows it to seat around five passengers comfortably. The design of this SUV looks masculine and the comfort level of this car is on par with other such vehicles in this price category.

BMW X1 Exterior & Look

With a heavy dose of styling, this is for the first time that the X1 is offered as an FWD car with a new platform. The X1 not just looks big but is larger and taller while carrying forward the X family’s legacy. BMW has increased the width by 21mm and height by 53mm while the length has reduced by 36mm. The front fascia sports a protruding front grille with its traditional kidney shape and circular headlamps with LED DRLs. The sporty look is retained with the plastic cladding, a roof-mounted spoiler, sloping roofline, wrap-around tail lamps and dual exhaust pipes. The new X1 is lighter than the earlier model by 135kg thanks to the extensive use of aluminium in its construction.

BMW X1 Interior & Space

The exterior has received some minor changes, and even the interiors get certain upgrades here and there. The quality is similar on the inside, but now the X1 comes in three trims— regular, sport and luxury. The luxury has a bit of beige and sober styling while the Sport gets some vibrant and trendy colour ambience. Both cater to different set of audience and BMW has got that bang on.

The space in the front row is fine, and the large and supportive seats ensure a tireless drive even on long journeys. The rear seats however lack the space for tall knees, while the head room is good. The central tunnel in the second row means only two people can sit in comfort. The boot is also luggage enough for weekend touring.

BMW X1 Engine & Gearbox

While the X1, like all BMWs, is a completely Driver’s Oriented car, one of the drawbacks we found was the Hydraulic Steering Wheel which feels heavy at lower speeds and is quite cumbersome in City Traffic though it tends to become lighter and very precise as the speed increases.

Despite the 194mm Ground Clearance, the X1 can be chucked hard into corners with ease. There is certain amount of body roll, which is expected, but the car holds its line perfectly. You also get a bit of over-steer if you encounter a sequence of fast corners but it’s not too much of a bother. ESP and Traction Control ensure that you exit corners safely. Even a novice driver can push the BMW X1 hard and get away with it! Driving with the ESP switched off is a completely different experience and not advisable unless you really know what you are doing.

The suspension of the X1 is slightly on the stiffer side (though it felt softer than the 3 series) but manages to handles bumps and bad roads well – much needed considering much of the Gujarat Highway has work going on and traffic is diverted into single lane roads, which thanks to heavy trucks and rains, are not in the best of conditions.The elevated driving position gives a good view of the road, though it cannot be compared to a full sized SUV.

The 17” 255/70 Section Pirelli tyres on our Press Car offered ample grip, though we certainly missed the fact the X1 does not have a 4 x 4 on offer. The X1 can’t do too much off-roading, just a little more than what a normal sedan can manage. We got stuck in 2” deep slush and it was quite a task getting out, so we didn’t dare to take it off solid ground any further.NVH levels are kept well in check. Just a little noise filters through the cabin and you can barely hear any tyre or wind noise. Engine clatter too is dampened very well inside the X1 and you only realize that it is making a bit of a racket in case you have the windows rolled down. The 2.0 litre Diesel unit on the X1 pumps out 177 bhp of Power at just 4000 RPM and churns out a healthy 350 NM of Torque between 1730 – 3000 RPM. The standard 6 Speed Automatic Transmission is provided across all Trims. Unfortunately, even the X1 Exclusive does not get a paddle shifter. To know more details on BMW X1 check Pasear-w

It seems that the 6 Speed Auto Box in the X1 has been designed to return the highest possible Fuel Efficiency figures. It keeps jumping into the highest gear possible and does not shift down unless absolutely required. Although the up-shifts are pretty quick, you do feel a slight jerk when the transmission shifts down a gear. Step on the gas and there is a considerable lag before the X1 shifts down a couple of gears and you get the boost that you require. This does hamper spirited driving and makes overtaking on the highways a little tricky – when you see a gap and floor the throttle, nothing happens for a second, and by the time the transmission downshifts, the on-coming vehicle has just gotten that fraction too close for a comfortable overtaking maneuver.Manual gear shifts have to be made via the gear lever and that is where we missed the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel sorely.

BMW X1 Ride & Handling

BMW’s have been the ultimate driving machine and the X1 has no difference. It is one of the best handling compact SUVs around. You can drift into a corner with ease and make it tail happy too. When you intend to shave of seconds, the X1 does that too. X1 now has electric steering wheel that makes it lighter and easier to drive. The steering feedback isn’t compromised either and it’s a boon to drive in the city. The ride is a still on the stiffer side, thanks to the run flat tyres and the short moment of the springs. But the ride suppleness is enhanced when you compare to the previous X1. It doesn’t break your back when you drive on rough roads, and hence it is another major positive in BMW’s favour.

BMW X1 Safety & Security

For braking, BMW X1 has powerful ventilated disc brakes for all the tyres with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. In addition, it also include six airbags, three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection among a host of others.

BMW X1 Price in Chennai

Bmw X1 On Road Price is 42,93,318/- and Ex-showroom Price is 35,20,000/- in Chennai. Bmw X1 comes in 7 colours, namely Mineral White (metallic ),Deep Sea Blue,Black Sapphire (metallic),Marrakesh Brown (metallic),Valencia Orange,Glacier Silver (metallic),Midnight Blue (metallic). Bmw X1 comes with FWD with 1995 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 190 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 400 Nm@1750-2500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 7.8 seconds . Bmw X1 comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .View offers on BMW X1 in Chennai at Autozhop.

BMW X1 Verdict

The BMW X1 is definitely a good compact SUV to consider if you need an absolutely fun car to drive. If you wish to sit behind and want your driver to take you to places, then we recommend you either upgrade to the X3 or buy an SUV with a lesser premium badge. The X1 is a great driver’s car, and at the rear it is the less knee room that will not make you so comfortable, until to push the front seat forward. As a product, we like the BMW X1 and even the improvements on it are subtle and were required.

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