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The BMW X1, which entered the mass production a year after the concept car it’s based on had made its debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, is the smallest crossover in the line-up. About 700,000 cars of the first generation were sold during 2014. The models of the second generation manufactured and marketed today hope for the same success.

The BMW X1, the fourth SUV by the automaker after the X3, X5, and X6, was met with critics’ approval due to powerful drivetrain, good fuel efficiency, and agility on the road hardly found in SUVs. It lets the BMW X1 compete with the Acura RDX, Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC60.

The BMW X1 of the year 2016 is the first front-wheel-drive SUV in the range. Designers updated it inside and outside, having made it more similar to its predecessors. Furthermore, the Bavarian engineers made it less voracious and equipped the SUV with new electronic technologies.


The previous X1 model was criticized for a strong resemblance to a hatchback rather than a crossover. This time, much has changed. The 2016 BMW X1 found the way to add some height (it’s 2 inches higher actually) or at least to make the vehicle seem higher (the head- and taillights are placed as high as possible).

The BMW X1 is 175.4 inches long, 71.7 inches wide (without mirrors), and 62.5 inches high with 61.5-inch front track and 61.6-inch rear track; the wheelbase is 105.1 inches.

If you have ever seen the X3 or X5 models, you’ll immediately notice how similar they look with the new BMW X1. At the front end, the vehicle features larger fog lamps, double kidney grille, and air intake along with prolonged headlights (together with increased width of the car, they make the X1 look aggressive). At the rear end, you’ll find redesigned bumper and tailgate along with larger and also redesigned taillights.

Interior & Comfort

The interior of the BMW X1 is really impressive. You don’t expect a car in such a price segment to have a distinct premium feel the X1 has. The vehicle offers elegant seats with contrasting stitching trimmed with fabric (standard) or leather (optional).

But they aren’t just beautifully designed. The rear seats are supportive and provide enough head- and legroom for a comfortable journey. However, their weak point is somewhat restricted width that makes them suitable for 2 adults or 3 children. Both front seats are power-adjustable while the driver’s one comes with memory in addition.

The manufacturer took into account customers’ dissatisfaction with limited cargo capacity and enlarged it by 3 cu ft when the seats are in place and 7 cu ft when they are folded up (40/20/40 sliding-and-reclining rear seats come as an option). Cargo capacity of the 2016 BMW X1 is 58.7 cu ft in total.


The 2016 BMW X1 offers 3 packages: the Luxury, Premium, and Technology. Opt for the Luxury package and you’ll get aluminium or wooden trim elements and leather seat upholstery. The Premium package offers LED headlamps and panoramic sunroof while the Technology one provides satellite navigation and head-up screen. Note that most of the equipment included to the packages can be ordered separately.

Additionally, such trim packages as the xLine, Advantage, and Sport Line are expected to increase the equipment range for the compact crossover. The M Sport package is also going to be available with its sports seats, suspension, and transmission.

The features that you get with the BMW X1 by default are the SensaTec leatherette furnishing, multifunction steering wheel, power-adjustable seats at the front (the driver’s one is with memory), and the newest version of the iDrive infotainment system, represented by a 6.5/8.8-inch head-up screen and a rotary knob on the transmission tunnel. Among individual optional features are sliding-and-reclining rear seats and 12-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system.

Powertrain & Fuel Economy

The 2016 BMW X1 is powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 228 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque. It’s coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

As the manufacturer asserts, the engine reaches 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. With such a result, it outstrips the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA making the X1 the fastest model in the segment. Not bad, isn’t it? The SUV’s top speed is 143 mph. It returns 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.


The 2016 BMW X1 is too new to have been tested by the IIHS or NHTSA. The SUV’s safety system is represented with the Driver Assistance and Driver Assistance Plus packages.

Getting the Driver Assistance package, you’ll get a parking assist system, rear-view camera, and park distance control. The Driver Assistance Plus safety package offers auto high beams, information on speed limits, frontal collision and pedestrian warnings, active cruise control complemented with a stop-and-go function, and lane departure warning.

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