The 2016 BMW X1 is the crossover that in this occasion is going to be reviewed in deep, a car that packs everything that a crossover owner needs, equipped with an excellent compact exterior dimensions with body shapes that makes the interior feel especially spacious and inviting. BMW is well known for his comfort, elegance and performance all-in-one, especially with a crossover like the 2016 BMW X1.
A turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes up to 231 hp in his fastest model (1.5-liter three cylinders also available) and pairs with a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, and 8-speed automatic with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, as usual, built to fight and be victorious in any weather, either a muddy road, a rocky path or a snowy street.
With a soft and sporty suspension and performance worthy to be called “fast”, the 2016 X1 is definitely is one of the best choice out there.
Let’s go deep on it.
Versatile and excellent efficiency
The 2016 X1 has plenty of options with two different kinds of source. Both diesel and petrol are available in the market and both of them offer really nice engines for different customers.
1.5 L 3-Cylinders Setups
BMW has TwinPower Turbo 1.5 L 3-cylinder petrol and diesel engines capable of developing up to 136 hp and 116 hp, with a consumption of 5.6 and 5.3 L every 100 km on petrol, and 4.1 and 3.9 L every 100 km on diesel.
2.0 L 4-Cylinder Setups
The 2016 TwinPower Turbo 2.0L 4-cylinder petrol engine’s distribution is more complex and requires extra attention. In order to simplify this, here are the details:
- sDrive20i (192 hp, 6.0 L and 5.9 L every 100 km, standstill to 60 mph in 9.7 s).
- xDrive20i (192 hp, 6.4 L and 6.0 L every 100 km, standstill to 60 mph in 7.4s).
- xDrive25i (231 hp, 6.6 L and 6.4 L every 100 km standstill to 60 mph in 6.5s).
Additionally, diesel engines count with their unique list of engines such as:
- sDrive18d (150 hp, 4.3 L and 4.1 L every 100 km, standstill to 60 mph in 9.2s).
- sDrive20d (190 hp, 4.7 L and 4.5 L every 100 km, standstill to 60 mph in 7.6s).
- sDrive18d (150 hp, 4.9 L and 4.7 L every 100 km, standstill to 60 mph in 9.2s).
- xDrive20d (190 hp, 5.0 L and 4.8 L every 100 km, standstill to 60 mph in 7.6s).
- xDrive25d (231 hp, 5.2 L and 5.0 L every 100 km, standstill to 60 mph in 6.6s).
Notice that sDrive models are front-wheel drive while xDrive models are all all-wheel drive. The 2016 X1 has a precise handling, whether on-road or off-road, with a near-optimum weight distribution of 57:43 (front/rear) on the two axles. Incorporate it with an optional intelligent all-wheel drive system that allow the driver to deliver the power precisely to the wheel you want.
8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is also a choose allowing the driver to customize and select which style is more suitable, from comfortable cruising to dynamic handling. At Sport Mode, the range of shifting are configured for maximum performance, but don’t panic, the gears can be changed manually by using gearshift paddles on the Sport leather steering wheel.
Interior and Design
The 2016 X1 has the look of simple, spacious and comfortable SUV from inside, combining all premium materials that brings BMW every time. Available in a stylish and refine brown and a flawless and elegant champagne, both are astonishing.
xLines, Sport Line and M Sport are the three lines and packages available, just changing some aesthetic features that probably are going to improve even better this SUV.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 X1 is a widely customizable SUV with plenty options in every aspect. Performance, interior, exterior and lines are highly customizable, making it a really versatile car for everybody.
Quality and elegance is guaranteed with the BMW badge on in, with a starting price at US$35.795.