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The standard features of the BMW X1 sDrive28i include 2.0L I-4 228hp intercooled turbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, DSC-X electronic stability.
Starting at: $33,100
The 2.0-liter turbo engine, with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, accelerates from zero to sixty in 6.4 seconds, quick for its class.
The speed-sensitive electric power steering is quick and well weighted, while lacking in BMW feel, but you can still run the X1 on twisty roads harder than your everyday crossover. The good brakes complement such conditions. We haven’t tested the stiffer M Sport yet.
The ride is comfortable, even on standard 18-inch wheels with run-flat all-season tires; conventional all-season tires with a space-saver spare are available at no extra cost.
The Driving Dynamic Control modes are Sport, Comfort, and Eco Pro, which change the sensitivity of the steering, throttle, and transmission. Not surprisingly, given the intent of the X1, we found a significant difference between the settings, as it’s supposed to be. Power is quite slow to arrive in Eco Pro, medium slow in Comfort, and quicker in Sport, or if you’re using manual control in the shift gate or the paddleshifters. In any mode other than Sport, the transmission stubbornly resists shifting down during uphill acceleration.
BMW’s all-wheel drive xDrive uses a clutch and hydraulic pump system that can shift 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels in a small fraction of a second. Our seat time included some miles in the mountains on roads with rocks and mud from recent landslides. The X1’s good ground clearance was useful, however, on some gravelly spots, we lost some confidence along with lost traction.
Given its height and shape of the greenhouse, it looks like the crossover it is, and not a stylish BMW wagon. But the nose is pure BMW, with twin-kidney grille and cat’s eye headlamps, with icing-like sculpting on the sides and high taillamps. Dark cladding wraps around the rear and touches the low air intakes up front.
The dashboard looks smart, with its big round analog gauges, but the standard interior materials look and feel cheaper than you expect in a premium vehicle. And the front seats are woefully inadequate in thigh bolstering and thin on back support. We haven’t tried the sport seats, but they have to be better than the base seats. The back seats might actually be more comfortable.
There’s good headroom thanks to the height, and generous legroom in the rear for a subcompact, although not enough width back there for three adults. They’re easy to climb in and out of, thanks to wide door openings. You can opt for a rear seat that reclines and slides rearward by five inches.
Cargo space is good for a subcompact, but less than a compact crossover. It’s 27.1 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 58.7 cubic feet with it down. That’s more than the Audi Q3 or Range Rover Evoque, but way less than a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.
We like the optional wood trim and leather with contrasting stitching, and the head-up display, and the 8.8-inch touchscreen that’s mounted on top of the center console festooned with audio and climate buttons. The screen comes with a touchpad on the iDrive knob.
The low dashboard and fairly thin windshield pillars allows excellent visibility.
The BMW X1 is a competent subcompact crossover SUV, with a strong powertrain, excellent safety, and good fuel mileage.
Sam Moses wrote this review, with staff reports by The Car Connection.
The 2017 BMW X1 sDrive28i ($32,800) comes with front-wheel drive, X1 xDrive28i ($34,800) comes with all-wheel drive. Leatherette upholstery comes standard.
The Luxury package ($1550) upgrades to leather seats and wood or aluminum trim. A Premium package ($3250) brings LED headlamps and panoramic roof. The Technology package ($2550) adds navigation and a head-up display. An M Sport package has a firmer suspension, quicker programming in the transmission, sport seats, and body tweaks.
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