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BMW X1 2018 Test Drive Review

15/07/2018 | by Vivaan Khatri

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BMW X1 is one of the affordable models out of the luxury cars - which makes it one of the most favored cars from luxury brands. will give you a comprehensive view of this car.

Since the first debut back in 2009, the X1 variant of the BMW line-up has always managed to tip the scales of currency back and forth from its rivals like Audi and Mercedez-Benz and not just purely all thanks to the factor of affordability. The other elements, you name it, are appearance, comfort, and performance which are made possible by a list of features which will be discussed in this BMW X1 2018 Review in India.

Classy would be the one if you are trying to find a word to describe the 2018 model of BMW X1

1. BMW X1 2018 Exterior

Paint colours present two free-of-charge options: Alpine White and Black. Other more vivid shades entail an extra amount of quid, which include:

  • Glacier Silver Sunset Orange
  • Sparkling Brown
  •  Atlantic Grey
  • Mediterranean Blue

As you can see, the usual sleek profile is carried over to the current BMW X1. Other familiar details also make appearance namely the twin-kidney grilles, swept-back headlamps, and sunroofs. But the SUV itself did receive some design tweaks which take the form of ribs that stretch out all over the two sides and lend the whole car sinewy frame.

BMV X1 exterior front look white

Other familiar details also make appearance namely the twin-kidney grilles, swept-back headlamps, and sunroofs

The current X1 manages a generous storage compartment of 505 litres, though falling short of its sibling the X3 by 45 litres, it surpasses both the Merc GLA which gets less luggage space at 321 litres and the Audi Q3’s puny one standing at 460 litres. This is made all the more convenient with centre console and cargo floor space as well as door bins and other storage all through the inside, which means no more headache of deciding what to drop behind on any trip. 

BMW X1 cargo space

An impressive cargo space of 1662 litres (with the rear seats being folded down) is a perfect justification for a luxury SUV-size car like the X1

2. BMW X1 2018 Interior

Benefiting from the platform of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the X1 frees up more space on both rear and front seat rows in comparison with its siblings, allowing even people of larger build (over 6 feet tall) to sit upright, recline or droop freely to their will, in other words, no worry about being comfy or not if you happen to be a giant. 

BMV X1 interior backseat

Lounging in the cabin will never be more comfortable even in the case of oversized folks

The standard infotainment system is unfortunately not so responsive and comes with quite a humble screen of 6.5 inches, accompanied by only one USB port – yeah, I know, “Stingy” you yell! The top-spec xDrive25i model receives the 8.8-inch touchscreen along with a more refined navigation function (also, ticking this pricey box and your car gets access to the wheelset of 19-inch alloy rims). 

Driving is made several notches easier with a Head-up display which providing driver with driving information like collision warnings, speed limits and navigation guidance being displayed on the windscreen (available on the top-grade variant only). And if you happen to be a rookie driver then you take a sigh of relief cause BMW’s intelligent xDrive has made it in the feature list. The advanced all-wheel-drive system being in pair with all-season run-flat tyres will smoothly help you through whenever encountering bad roads or rough terrains. 

A mutual though is it that parking should never be that hard, well, I’ve even heard some say they find it trickier than driving itself. The manufacturer put themselves in your shoes, of course, and related perfectly to the pain you all are going through and came up with Park Distance Control of four sensors, assisting you with visual and audio aids to land your car a neat spot for parking without hitting anything along the way.

BMW X1 interior driving

Driving is made several notches easier with Head-up display

3. BMW X1 2018 Engine and Performance

Once again we will see the familiar and mighty 2.0-litre inline 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo being mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This 228-hp party piece delivers 258 lbf.ft of torque @ 1450 rpm. The motor unit is beautifully matched up with BMW’s award-winning High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic and Double-VANOS technologies, promising endless excitement on any journey on which the vehicle embarks.

BMW X1 2018 engine bay

The matchmaking of 2018 X1 with the usual engine is expected to bring about a performance which mirrors that of the 2017 X1

4. BMW X1 2018 Safety Features

Some up-to-date features like Blind Spot Warning, Rear-cross Traffic Alert, and AEB as well will not be found on the car. This failure of incorporating these recently-developed technologies turn out to be quite a big shame for the X1 taking into consideration that they are constantly encountered on other luxury vehicles. 

That said, the car maker does put the passengers’ security first and foremost by equipping the X1 with traction and stability control, airbags, lane departure warning system and collision mitigating system. Small children and babies’ safety is guaranteed with two ISOFIX mounts. The vehicle also gets run-flat tyres which are resistant to punctures and allow you to drive at low speed to get to the nearest repair shop for a replacement.

5. BMW X1 Price

Engine  Price 
BMW X1 sDrive20d Expedition   Rs. 34.5 Lakh
sDrive 20d xLine  Rs. 38.5 Lakh
xDrive 20d M Sport  Rs. 44.5 Lakh

6. BMW X1 Specification

BMW X1 2018 Specs
Engine Type
 2.0-litre 187.74bhp 16V Twin Power Turbo Diesel Engine
 1995 cc
 400 Nm 
 187.74 BHP 
 8-speed Automatic
 20.68 kmpl
Length x Width x Height
 4439 x 2060 x 1612
 2670 mm
Ground Clearance
 165 mm 
Cargo Volume 
Seating Capacity
Suspension and Brake
 Front and Disc: Disc
 Steering and Tyres
 225/50 R18 Run-flat
Safety Features
  • Anti-Locking Brake System
  • EBD
  • Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
  • Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
  • Driver Airbags
  • Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
  • Keyless Entry 
  • Engine Immobilizer 
  • Crash Sensor
  • Power Door Locks
  • Seat Belt Warning
Comfort and Convenience
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows 
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Quality Control
  • Remote Trunk Opener
  • Remote Fuel Lid Opener
  • Low Fuel Warning Light
  • Accessory Power Outlet
  • Trunk Light
  • Vanity Mirror
  • Rear Reading Lamp
  • Rear Seat Headrest
  • Rear Seat Centre and Centre Console Arm Rest
  • Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles
  • USB Charger Front
  • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
  • Rear A/C Vents
  • Memory Functions For Seat - Front
  • Seat Lumbar Support
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Cruise Control
  • Parking Sensors
  • Navigation System
  • Foldable Rear Seat
  • Smart Entry
  • Engine Start/Stop Button
  • Three Drive Modes
  • Voice Control
  • Lane Change Indicator
  • Air conditioner/Heater
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Fog Light 
  • Rear Window Wiper and Defogger
  • Rain Sensing Wiper
  • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
  • Outside Rear View Mirror Indicator
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Sunroof
  • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
  • Radio
  • Speaker Front and Rear
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • USB Auxiliary 
  • Touch Screen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Integrated 2DIN Audio

Driving in this SUV to the goggles and gapes of passersby. Attention is inevitable whether you like it or not

So far it is the large boot and roomy cabin that prompt our interest the most. Also, the car shows an instant reaction to the driver’s input, in other words, reliable dynamics. What disappointed us is that Automatic Emergency Braking is treated with a miss considering the popularity of such feature all across the segment. Another drawback to mention here is the high-end's exclusivity of the large infotainment system screen. All of those traits are coupled by the over-inflated price and as a result, may not invite strong sales. But other than that, it ticks nearly every box of requirements you are seeking at a car in terms of comfort, performance, and ergonomics. And sure this beauty will buy you face whenever you drive around with it by turning heads on roads to catch a glance of the sleek car.

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