2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
BMW cannot be taken out of hand with the SUV. After the BMW X3 was already several years ahead of the competition, the new BMW X1 is now emulating it.
From Stefan Grundhoff
Not only the SUV-inclined ladies will be pleased. The small BMW X1 will be available from dealers from October 24th. The crossover produced in Leipzig is waiting for a premium competitor for almost two years. Audi only decided months ago that the Q3 would be built at the Seat Martorell plant and the small SUV competition from Mercedes, Fiat and Volvo is also still in the early testing phase. The BMW X1 therefore has free travel in the coveted high-price segment for almost two years. After the IAA in autumn, the time has come. The little brother of the well-known successful BMW triumvirate of the X3, X5 and X6 rolls to the dealers and hunts down the compact SUV class with the Toyota RAV4, Ford Kuga or VW Tiguan. 4.46 meters long and 1,Weighing 5 tons, the X1 developed on the platform of the 3 Series Touring is a good deal smaller than the successful X3.
19.4 centimeters ground clearance
"At 2.76 meters, the wheelbase of the X1 is the same as that of the all-wheel-drive 3 Series Touring," says suspension developer Ulrich Treff, pointing out that it is closely related to the volume model.
During normal driving, the X1 distributes its engine power in a 40:60 ratio in favor of the rear axle; can, however, adapt the balance of power to the subsurface in an almost variable manner. Just in case, this provides the necessary reserves in the slightly impassable terrain.
Diesel only with four cylinders
While the gasoline engines are starting with four and six cylinders, the diesels have to make do with four combustion chambers for reasons of weight and space. The top model is the X1 23d xDrive, which is powered by the well-known two-liter diesel with double turbocharging. With 150 kW / 204 PS and 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm, it leaves the expected volume model X1 20d xDrive (130 kW / 177 PS, 350 Nm) well behind.
The top speed of the X1 23d is 205 km / h. Only the sport set-up lets it run 223 km / h fast. The all-wheel drive completes the 0 to 100 km / h sprint in 7.3 seconds. The top diesel is only available with the well-known six-speed automatic, which incorporates a lot of revving. He lacks the expected automatic start-stop and consumption should level off at 6.3 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.
Economy version as a successor
The X1 20d xDrive should offer a little less driving fun. It has a top speed of 213 km / h and, thanks to the combination of a regenerative braking system and start-stop function, consumes just 5.8 liters of diesel fuel. The other versions X1 18d, X1 18i, X1 20i and X1 28i are only likely to play minor roles in Germany and offer their occupants a performance range from 143 to 265 hp and fuel consumption from 5.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.
In the coming year, a savings version with further efficiency measures and rear-wheel drive is to come onto the market as a follow-up. It should consume just under five liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.
Interior like 3 Series Touring
In the interior, the 1.55 meter high BMW X1 presents itself in the familiar dimensions of the 3 Series Touring. The front is adequately dimensioned and quite suitable for long journeys. However, the adjustment range of the steering wheel and seat back could be larger so that even tall drivers can find the right seating position for long tours.
Controls and dashboard with the current iDrive generation also come from the revised 3 generation. The rear seat can be folded down in a 40:20:40 split and the backrest can be tilted. A sliding rear seat is just as unavailable as an electric tailgate.
Starts at 27,200 euros
The cargo space is between 420 and 1350 liters. The price for the rear-wheel drive basic model BMW X1 18i sDrive is 27,200 euros. The base diesel X1 18d also as a rear-wheel drive starts at 29,550 euros at the end of 2009.
The cheapest all-wheel-drive model is the BMW X1 18d xDrive for an impressive 31,550 euros. That makes a price advantage of around 4,000 euros compared to its class-higher brother X3, which starts at 35,500 euros. The top models 23d and 28i are available as all-wheel-drive versions alone and cost 38,800 and 41,500 euros respectively - automatic included.
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