2014 BMW X1 Evaluation, Rankings, Specs, Costs, and Photographs

Regardless that it is solely been within the lineup for 2 years, the BMW X1 suits in nicely with BMW’s present lineup of crossover autos. The smallest of the lot, the X1 is sized ideally for city dwellers that desire a increased seating place and all-weather traction to go together with the celebrated badge, however do not want the off-road pretensions and do not thoughts the sticky sticker worth.

The 2014 BMW X1 appeals to rugged instincts, or maybe extra appropriately, provides confidence to these with snowy driveways. It has a tall journey top, respectable quantity of floor clearance, and a “go get ’em” look, but with its shorter wheelbase and small again seat, it is a full step smaller than the X3 crossover, which ought to nonetheless be your alternative in the event you’re planning to have adults journey within the again seat.

The X1 resides someplace the fading hatchback world and the booming crossover business–and at first look you would possibly consider a 3-Sequence wagon, mashed slightly shorter and lifted just a few inches in top. It has BMW’s company search for crossovers down pat, but it isn’t all that convincing that this is not a automotive; there’s little in the way in which of design cues to recommend the the X1 can deal with any greater than a steep drive-thru. The X1 sports activities softer curves, besides within the tall glass and excessive nostril, which is accented by lipped wheel arches. The controls are proper the place current BMW drivers count on them and a 3-Sequence driver will really feel proper at residence behind the wheel. For the remainder of us, the very anatomical look is nice, however the smattering of dissimilar controls is not.

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Except you want a automobile that is nearly fast sufficient to deserve the M badge, you may be completely pleased with both of the four-cylinder X1 fashions. It is uncommon to categorise any crossover as keen, however that is precisely what we might name the X1. All-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i and rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i fashions transfer a lot fast with BMW’s natty 2.0-liter turbo 4 beneath the hood. The engine makes 240 hp and it is mated to an 8-speed automated as customary. The sDrive28i as a substitute will get electrical energy steering, whereas the xDrive fashions we have been in have glorious, well-weighted hydraulic energy steering, in addition to glorious automobile dynamics. A potent turbo-6 may be discovered underhood the X1 xDrive35is that makes 300 hp and scoots this sled to 60 mph in about 5.3 seconds, however drops the EPA mixed determine to 21 mpg.

The driving place is among the decrease and extra carlike amongst these sorts of autos. Entrance-seat lodging are high-quality for even tall adults; though a good middle console limits the storage bin, and solely permits one front-seat cupholder on the console; as a substitute of folding out, a second one hangs apart to knock passengers’ knees. In again, the X1 is lacking solely slightly legroom in comparison with the X3, however you are not going to suit three adults throughout. Cargo area is what’s lacking in comparison with its bigger sibling; however these again seats recline and fold almost flat.

Refinement is one step down than the X3; there’s slightly extra engine exhaust resonance than we might like, slightly street noise as nicely, and extra physique roll than you may discover in different autos with the game bundle, however the X1 handles very well, even over horrible pavement surfaces.

The 2014 BMW X1 is respectable for security, however its roster of security choices is nowhere close to as spectacular as that of BMW’s bigger autos. The Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) has given the X1 high ‘good’ assessments for frontal, facet, and rear impression, in addition to a ‘good’ rating for roof power—albeit with a probably worrisome ‘marginal’ rating within the new, extra rigorous small overlap frontal take a look at. The X1 can also be lacking a regular rearview digital camera.

The X1 comes customary with energy home windows, doorways, and locks; automated local weather management; a USB energy plug; and an HD radio. Opitions embody satellite tv for pc radio, a cold-weather bundle, premium Hardon Kardon audio, panoramic glass roof, and cellular app suite. Simply be careful, as a well-optioned X1 can simply complete greater than $40,000.

Amongst only a few minor possibility modifications, the Powder Journey Version from this previous 12 months does not carry over to 2014.

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