Compact, cute, diesel, all-wheel drive, all topped off with an infamous name and the BMW X1 is born.
The BMW X1 operates on a 4-cylinder turbo engine with 6-speed manual transmission, offering both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. BMW lists acceleration time at 9.2 seconds 0-62 with a top speed of 124mph.
Fuel economy and environmental impact are excellent for the X1. It is constructed with lightweight materials and employs stop-start technology and brake energy regeneration, all of which improve fuel economy. Fuel consumption is reported at 54mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 136g/km. For an SUV, these numbers are notable and no surprise given the BMW name.
Interior comfort in this series is good for driver and front-seat passenger and decent in the rear seats. The driver’s seat offers a wide range of adjustments, enabling any size driver to comfortably cruise the roads. Rear seat space is average but some taller passengers may find the leg room a bit tight. The rear seat doors are on the smaller side, which may make for difficulty in getting child safety seats in and out smoothly. Storage space is adequate, able to supply enough room for a weekend trip with a family of four’s belongings. The boot is a wee bit smaller than the 3-series Touring but for a compact SUV it fit’s the bill nicely.
Drivers of the X1 will find the rides to be smooth with a touch of stiffness when the terrain gets rough. The all-wheel drive has a steadfast grip on the road, providing the driver with a sound journey in inclement weather or off-roading. Tyre and wind noise is at a minimum even in all-wheel drive mode. Many customers have reported the interior finish to be disappointing given the BWM name and price, but we all know asthetics are a matter of personal taste.
Standard safety features for the used BMW X1 include six airbags, traction control, ABS, front and rear anti-roll bars, tyre puncture warning system, crash-sensor activations, and child-locking system, to name a few. A first-aid kit and warning triangle are staples of BMW safety and are included in all new vehicles.