http://newcarnet.tv The X1 is BMW's latest addition to its range of SUVs. But at only 4 inches shorter than an X3, you may wonder -- what's the point? We set out to find out...
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The New BMW X1
BMW created a new vehicle segment a decade ago when it launched the very
successful X5. The popular X3 followed in 2004 and the X6 created a new
niche in 2008. Now BMW has introduced the next derivative of the X model
line-up with the X1. The BMW X1 a luxury sports activity vehicle combining
the functionalities of the BMW X models with the advantages of a compact
car. The BMW X1 will enter the market with a choice of one six-cylinder
petrol engine and two four-cylinder diesels. Video also includes how the
new X1 is assembled.
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2012 BMW X1: 4 Guys In A Car Review
Does the downsized SUV from Germany make any sense? It's going to be sold
in the U.S. next year (and receive a few changes in the process) but
largely, will be identical to what we're driving here.
Would you buy one?
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I know a guy who used to own a BMW 318ti, like most 318 shoppers he paid
way too much for a hatchback because it had a roundel on the front. At some
point he realized that 25-grand (in 1997) was an awful lot to have been
paid for an asthmatic 138 horsepower rattletrap and
sold it. Likewise the fog lifted at BMW and they refocused on their volume
models. Then came the 1 series, a fantastic little car that hasn't exactly
set the sales charts on fire. The Germans are a persistent race however, so
for 2013 they are fishing with fresh bait. Join us as we look at the
cheapest BMW in America, the 2013 BMW X1.
OK, so BMW would probably prefer that we called the X1 "the most
affordable" BMW in America, but I suffer from political incorrectness. So
what is the X1? It's a crossover of course. While that term has lately
become synonymous with "ginormous FWD soft-roader" the X1 is more of a
"true" crossover in that it looks like a pregnant hatchback. The over all
look and proportions of the X1 appear to be a handsome BMW version of a
Subaru Outback of Volvo XC70. The comparison isn't far off the mark since
the X1 is a cousin of the 1-Series (E87) and 3-Series (E90).
Germans car engineers don't understand America. Sure, they understand
driving dynamics and styling, but the Burger King drive-thru is
incomprehensible to the German engineer. It's obvious they are making
effort to understand us, bless their little hearts, but I think an American
field-trip is in order for the guy who designs center consoles in Bavaria.
Go to the south, my friend, go to the south. When the X1 arrived, I was
starving. Being a lover of convenience, I headed to Taco Bell. It was at
that point I noticed I had only one cup holder. Behind my right elbow.
After consulting the instruction manual, I found the other one. If you look
at the picture below, you'll see it: a funky little thing that inserts into
a slot in the center console to the right of the shifter. When it's not
inserted, you have an odd little hole with a springy-cover concealing its
depths. When it is you have a cup holder positioned to splash its contents
on your iDrive controls and your passenger will complain about their knee
hitting it all the time. BMW: you got the X5 and X6's cupholders so right,
Part of what went wrong with the 318 was the drivetrain. Instead of jamming
an engine Americans were familiar with under the hood, they used an
asthmatic 138HP four-banger from Europe. Learning from that lesson, BMW fit
their latest and greatest 2.0L turbo
engine and 8-speed automatic in the sDrive28i and xDrive28i. Producing
240HP from 5,000 to 6,000RPM and 260 lb-ft of twist from 1,250 to 4,800RPM,
and pitted against a base curb weight of 3,527lbs, performance is more than
adequate, but decidedly "un-BMW" is you are used to the old inline sixes.
The Kansas-flat torque curve that drops precipitously after 6,000 RPM is a
stark contrast from BMW's old engines that loved to sing at high RPMs.
Proving that BMW loves America we get an optional powertrain that's not
available anywhere else. For $38,600 BMW will jam their 300HP twin-scroll
turbo six under the hood but you loose
the 8-speed auto in favor of the older 6-speed ZF unit.
The X1's wide rubber pays real dividends when you encounter a corner with
more grip I had expected. That grip combined with a neutral weight balance
makes the X1 predictable and confident out on the road in a way that
reminded me of it's big brother X5M. I attribute some of this great feel to
the hydraulic power steering that somehow makes its way into the xDrive28i
model. Should you prefer RWD driving dynamics or that extra MPG, you have
to give up steering feel because the sDrive28i uses BMW's lifeless electric
Adding AWD to the 2.0L turbo drops those
numbers to a still respectable 22/33/26 MPG. Over 544 miles I averaged a
lower 22.9MPG, largely due the way the X1 devours winding mountain roads.
That oddly brings me to the Mini Countryman, which is really the only
competition for the X1 since the VW Tiguan doesn't play in the upper-crust
playground. This is a perfect example of the right hand stabbing the left
hand. The Mini Countryman is a nice enough vehicle, but driven back to back
the X1 is a hoot-and-a-half while the Mini's FWD manners, less powerful
engine and skinny tires register half a hoot. Now I know why the Mini
doesn't come up as a competitive vehicle on BMW's website.
As the 318 proved, there's more to life than a low sticker price. The X1 on
the other hand is more than just the least expensive BMW on the lot, it may
very well have the highest fun/dollar ratio of any modern BMW. It's also
one of the few vehicles I would actually buy if my money was on the line.
2013 BMW X1
If you're OK with sacrificing some roominess, BMW's new entry-level
crossover will have you wondering, "X3 who?" Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek
says the X1 is more "large hatchback" than "small SUV," boasting nimble
handling, quality cabin materials and impressive room for the driver and
front passenger. Trade-offs include a narrower backseat and limited cargo
space compared with the larger X3, as well as stiff ride quality and
less-than-practical cup holders. Still, with this level of quality for the
price, the X1 doesn't penalize buyers for being "entry level."
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Thinking of downsizing from a large executive saloon car? Or do you just
want a bit more space than is offered by small hatchback? The BMW X1 is
designed to offer a solution to both of these needs, combining a practical
interior with compact bodywork.
Road Test: 2013 BMW X1
Great expectations for BMW's X1, its smallest sport activity vehicle yet.
MotorWeek's John Davis has the full road test review of the 2013 BMW X1.
2014 BMW X1 Review on Everyman Driver
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