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X1 was first launched in 2009 and since then has seen two iterations of the model, the first generation E84 and the second and current-generation F48. The second generation was launched in 2015 and was given a four-wheel-drive upgrade and a long-wheelbase option.
It is available in diesel as the sDrive20d xLine variant and in petrol as the sDrive20i SportX, sDrive20i xLine and sDrive 20i Tech Edition variants. All the petrol variants are fitted with 1998 cc engine block while the diesel variant houses a 1995 cc motor.
The diesel variant produces a power output of 187.74 bhp at 5000-6000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1750-2500 rpm, whereas the petrol variant churns out 189.08 bhp at 5000-6000 rpm and 280 Nm of torque at 1350-4600 rpm.
All the variants get automatic transmission as standard, twin turbochargers, ventilated disc brakes, six airbags with side airbags at the front, side and front impact beams and an engine immobiliser.
The 8-speed gearbox is paired very well with the engine and the ECU, making it highly fuel-efficient compared to its competitors. It yields a surprisingly good mileage of 19.62 km pl, which is great considering its size and segment.
Moreover, the connected drive assistance from BMW is well renowned and its iDrive system. These features provide all the important help a driver might need during an emergency.
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The second-generation F48, or the X1, is the latest model launched in March 2020 as a facelift of the previous X1. X1 features in the compact SUV segment of the BMW. The current X1 models were available in four variants, with the base model having front-wheel drive (sDrive) and the higher trims getting all-wheel drive (xDrive) systems. One could choose between diesel and petrol fuel options Among these four variants, with an automatic gearbox as standard.
BMW offers six X1: Storm Bay Metallic, Alpine White, Sunset Orange, Mediterranean Blue, Sparking Brown Metallic and Black Sapphire. Among many, some of the most remarkable features of the X1 are its multiple driving modes, ambient lighting for the interior, along the dash and a panoramic sunroof. It also comes with a torquey engine that puts out 400 Nm of torque, which yields a good amount of power at the press of a pedal, particularly over difficult terrains. The pricing for this model starts from Rs. 39.50 Lakhs (ex-showroom) and goes up to Rs. 43.50 Lakhs (ex-showroom) can vary according to the various levels of trims available for the car. The X1 rivals with the likes of Škoda Kodiaq, Jaguar XE, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volvo XC40. Although it gets good competition from its rivals, the X1 has been on the market for a long time and its manufacturers have made big improvements over the past to make it better in the segment that it competes in.
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It gets an unbeatable mileage from its diesel engine, far better than its competitors. This is made possible due to the pairing of the machines with an automatic gearbox, which maximises economy.
BMW’s iDrive system is one of the most reliable and simplest operating systems. The infotainment system with which it is paired also has easy usability, with physical buttons and efficient functions.
X1 offers a variety of customizable exterior and interior options. The variety ranges from 7 types of alloy wheel design, interior upholstery and dashboard trim. It also offers a variety of colours to choose from. The four-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive options also give buyers a wider range to pick from.
The multiple drive modes allow adjustment of the steering and suspension. Thus adding more comfort and convenience to the drivability.
Its crossover design gives the driver a good amount of feel while making the driving more engaging and fun. Its design also helps in keeping the body roll to a minimum.
It provides a luxury cabin at a lower price, which its rivals fail to do in this segment.
I consider the X1 as one of the best in its segment due to the variety, performance, reliability and technology that it brings to the buyers. Be the responsive twin turbocharged engine with punchy performance, or be it the spacious cabin with loads of space for the passengers or the easy to use iDrive system, the X1 ticks all the right boxes to stand out and outperform its competitors. The mileage from the diesel engine is also a winner. In my opinion the X1 is a good choice for a daily drive, owing to its driver aided tech while also being a performer when it comes to going off on an adventure as it handles itself on difficult terrains well. It is a car that is easy to live with and enjoy too. It does come at a price point where the rivals such as MG, Hyundai and Toyota offer full-size SUVs, but they still like the reliability of BMW and its experience of making some of the finest cars over many decades.
Body Type SUV
Fuel Type Diesel
ARAI Mileage 20.68 kmpl
Seating Capacity 5