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The updated BMW X1 holds it own in this segment


BMW has had a comparatively quiet yr to date — they’ve launched new entry-level variants for the three and 5 Series sedans and the X7 SUV — with the updated X1 being the model’s first main launch of the yr. BMW’s entry-level luxurious SUV sits in a segment that’s set to see some large modifications in the approaching months; each Mercedes and Audi will deliver in new generations of the GLA and Q3, respectively. So, is this simply one other very sometimes BMW-esque minor replace, or is it one thing rather more?

As seen on different new BMW SUVs, the X1 now will get a bigger single-piece kidney grille too, bringing it in line with its greater brothers. However, in contrast to the chrome-finished models on its siblings, the painted silver slats on the X1’s grille don’t look as premium and do depart us wanting extra bling. Other modifications embrace a brand new entrance bumper with repositioned fog lamps (now horizontal LED strips), and redesigned LED headlamps. In profile, the updated X1 appears to be like just about the identical as earlier than, albeit with a brand new set of 17-inch wheels on this xLine variant. Meanwhile, modifications across the rear are delicate, with mildly updated LED taillights, a barely updated bumper, and barely bigger exhaust ideas.

The modifications inside are additionally delicate. The 8.8-inch touchscreen takes centre stage, however although the display is massive on paper, its placement makes it seem smaller than it actually is. The system additionally will get a more recent model of the BMW i-Drive interface, which works effectively; although it’s not the most recent model you get on new-generation automobiles, just like the Z4 and three Series. Also, whilst you do get wi-fi Apple CarPlay, BMW nonetheless doesn’t supply Android Auto. Other modifications embrace a brand new gear lever (which is properly designed) and configurable inside ambient lighting. There’s additionally a little bit of contrast-coloured, double-stitching on the dashboard that provides it a richer really feel, however the X1’s age is beginning to present, with supplies that simply don’t really feel fairly as wealthy as in BMW’s newer automobiles.

What stays unchanged is the sheer quantity of area that this SUV packs. Both the entrance and rear seats are nonetheless very spacious, the panoramic glass roof accentuating the sensation of area. The best-in-class boot packs in a powerful 500 litres of area. The space-saver spare sits beneath the boot ground, with out consuming into baggage area. To wrap it up, BMW has offered two USB-C charging factors for rear passengers, in tune with the instances; and in case you don’t have the best adapter but, there’s a common USB port on the entrance.

Then, there are the engines — the updated X1, each in its petrol and diesel guise, is now BS-VI compliant. The mannequin we’ve got right here is the two.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel that makes 190hp and 400Nm of torque — figures which are unchanged from the BS-IV-spec mannequin. The new engine meets BS-VI emission norms by including in a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalyst discount (SCR) that makes use of the AdBlue emission discount additive, which may be stuffed through a port subsequent to the gasoline filler.

While the output figures recommend no modifications, there’s a noticeable distinction in the way in which the engine sounds and drives. For starters, it is extra refined — each, whereas at idle, and when being pushed laborious — and BMW’s new mapping has additionally made energy supply rather more linear. This has made the X1 simpler to drive, particularly in site visitors; although some are more likely to miss the standard punch that these engines had been so well-known for. However, if you happen to do need that enjoyable (and the relentless turbo torque) you possibly can all the time toggle the drive mode into ‘Sport’ — shift the gearbox into ‘S’ or use the paddles to undergo the 8-speed gearbox.

Moving to efficiency, the brand new X1 is faster than the outgoing mannequin. In our assessments, we recorded a 0-100kph time of seven.72sec as in opposition to the older automotive’s 8.07sec. The hole was even higher in kickdown acceleration. It’s additionally value noting that the BS-IV automotive we examined had AWD, whereas this new BS-VI automotive is a front-wheel drive. Speaking of all-wheel drive, BMW won’t offer that on the X1 any extra, even on the top-spec M Sport trim.

The X1 facelift can be just a little extra comfy. Now, whereas that may be attributed to the automotive’s 225/55 R17 tyres, there’s most actually an added suppleness to the suspension setup. Bump absorption is healthier than earlier than; although the X1 nonetheless has an underlying sense of the standard BMW firmness, it’s now much more forgiving on dangerous roads whereas sustaining high-speed composure.

With these updates, BMW appears to have aimed their entry-level luxurious SUV in direction of a extra different audience. Gone are the times when a Bimmer can be as stiff as nails and the epitome of driving pleasure. Instead, it’s changed by merchandise which are extraordinarily well-sorted all-rounders; and the X1 is simply that. It appears to be like good, has nice street manners, is well-equipped and spacious. The mannequin we examined prices ₹39.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and costs on the entire are about ₹40,000-60,000 greater than the outgoing automotive, relying on the variant. This isn’t dangerous in any respect, contemplating the updates and revised engines, and whereas there’s no top-spec AWD mannequin any extra, there’s now a brand new base SportX mannequin that brings the entry value all the way down to ₹35.90 lakh in opposition to the earlier mannequin’s ₹38.30 lakh.

Since there’s no BMW hatchback on supply any extra, and the two Series Gran Coupe isn’t due for launch till later in the yr, this updated X1 makes for a powerful entry level to the model. Moreover, the Volvo XC40 has been diminished to a single petrol variant, and as Audi and Mercedes-Benz have exhausted their shares of the current-generation Q3 and GLA, (and there’s an extended wait earlier than the brand new ones come alongside) in the mean time, BMW has this segment just about all to itself.

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