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2016 BMW X1 Review


Exterior

The exterior of the 2016 BMW X1 features a sporty, evolutionary design, with some parts borrowed from the BMW X3 and X5. The front fascia is equipped with a bit bigger twin-kidney grille and elongated headlights. The vehicle gets reworked fog lights and air intakes, seemingly larger and aggressive than the ones of its predecessors.

Although at first sight the X1 looks quite similar to its siblings – the trademark beltline is in the same place, the side skirt area is identically creased – it is actually distinct from “the waist up”, with a taller glass area, raked roofline and a larger quarter window.

The rear fascia has been upgraded to a great extent as well, from the considerably larger and better looking tail lamps, which look way better than the previous units, and a better sculpted tailgate and upper bumper area.

The vehicle does not share its platform with BMW’s current passenger cars. Instead, it turns to the front-wheel-drive architecture that underpins the 2-series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer. Dimensions of the new BMW X1 are 175.4 x 71.7 x 81.1 inches in length and with the wheelbase of 105.1 inches.

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2016 BMW X1 2016 Interior

The interior of the 2016 BMW X1 can be said to have been redesigned from scratch. Although the cabin is fresh and new, it has kept some of the predecessor’s cues. The interior also allows for much more luggage space (up to 15% with the folded rear seats). The legroom has been enhanced by 1.5” in standard specification and up to 2.6” with the optional adjustable rear seat. The seats have also been raised by more than one inch in the front and 2.5” in the rear.

The renewed dashboard now introduces a cleaner design, due to the “floating” display and the smaller A/C vents. It’s split into two horizontal halves by a vertical aluminum trim, thus looking classier. The center stack is placed closer to the infotainment screen allowing for increased storage space in the center console.

The standard infotainment features include a 7-speaker audio system, a multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control. The standard seats are covered with cloth, but customers can select a leather upholstery from the options list. Other options include an 8.8-inch display, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a panoramic moon-roof etc.

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Engine specs and performance

The BMW X1 2016 will be available with several engine options in all markets except in the U.S., where it will be limited to one engine option only. The U.S. X1 will come in all-wheel drive.

Engine will be a twin-turbo 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivering 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is 12 horsepower less than its predecessor. But it still remains the fastest vehicle in its segment with acceleration 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The new X1 2016 is able to reach the top speed of 130 mph, but it can be optionally raised to 143 mph. The engine is coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Fuel consumption, according to the BMW is quite reduced and X1 is “significantly more efficient” than its predecessor, so that the estimated below 23 mpg in city and 34 mpg on the highway, 27 mpg combined.

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Price and release date

Although switching from RWD to FWD will reduce the X1’s production costs, it won’t make the vehicle any cheaper. However, it will bring much more profit to the company. In a nutshell, BMW pricing should start at $33,000, release date is foreseen for December 2015.

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Opponents in the class of small luxury SUV crossovers are Mercedes GLA or Audi Q3.

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