When it comes about quality crossovers, looks like the Germans have a step further. The 2016 X1 is the next stage for the BMW to deliver an extremely comfortable and practical mini SUV.
Among the new characteristics, we found improved handling and steering, always priorities for a BMW. The fresh design has the goal of filling the past generation shoes for sure. A new architecture is also present, borrowed from Mini Cooper vehicles.
Let’s get to know some of the key features of the new 2016 BMW X1.
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For those who were expecting a bigger, more powerful engine for the new model, I’m sorry. The new 2016 X1 decided to forget the six-cylinder engine offered as optional in the US and now is totally dedicated to its intercooled turbocharged 2.0 L 4-cylinder engine. This one produces 228 hp at 5000 RPM and 258 lb-ft at 1250 RPM.
In terms of transmission, the 2016 X1 packs an 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic one, functioning with three driving modes and shifting paddles. This time, BMW didn’t offer the ‘Sport +’ driving mode. In this matter, we also found an Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC), which works as an optimization system.
Both piece, engine and gearbox, are working marvelously together this time. They offer a performance that allows a time of 6 seconds going from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h). The top speed goes up 143 mph (230 km/h). The traction is going to be a Full-Time AWD.
The 2016 X1 features a strut-type suspension in the front and multi-link in the rear. Delivering braking power, there are going to be 4-wheel ventilated discs with ABS. Paired with these, All-Season P225/50R18 tires are touching the ground.
Most of the media calls the new 2016 X1 as a “big hatchback”, instead of a small SUV. The idea is clear. We found small dimensions with a design full of curves and distinctive BMW lines. The minimum sports spirit required for a model from this maker isn’t missing.
The front twin-grille, a classical from BMW, is now bigger and stylish. The front lights are now longer and modernized, without losing all the trails from the past generation’s X1.
The glass area, looking from the side, is now notably bigger. The rest of the main details remain the same when it’s about its flanks. In the back, there are more improvements. The taillights suffered an important grow in size and the bumper got a revamp.
The 2016 X1 seems bolder and stronger, could be a direct effect of its redesign. Its curb weight of 3660 lb (1660 kg) reinforces the “big hatchback argument.
The new design allows the 2016 X1 to have a bigger cabin, mainly because the new height. The front passengers are now located way up and the rear ones have plenty of space, even when the front seats are pushed back. These are 8-way seats.
Console and instruments inside de 2016 X1 are close and reachable as expected on a BMW. All the conventional toys are packed within and are accessible through the dashboard. With no major differences from the past model, we found an aluminum trim cutting in half the dashboard, giving it a cleaner, fancier appearance.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 X1 is a top-quality successor from an already great SUV. With its price, starting at US$35.000 approximately, the 2016 X1 is located among the Audi Q3, the Lexus RX 350 and the Range Rover Evoque.
If you are looking for a muscle, tire-burning SUV, look way. The 2016 X1 is offering comfort, practicality and excellent handling in harsh weather circumstances.