The crossover has become very popular in the United States over the recent years. Because of this, BMW has created their own take on the crossover: the X1. What they call a Sports Activity Vehicle, the X1 xDrive28i combines the size of an SUV with the handling and performance of their sporty cars.
The example we had was powered by BMW’s inline four-cyliner engine, equipped with their TwinPower turbos. At just 2.0-liters of displacement, it still generates 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This power combined with the X1’s small stature and 8-speed automatic transmission (with manual shift mode) made for a sporty ride that you can’t normally find in a full-size SUV. As for handling, BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control came into play, which made cornering at higher speeds easier and safer.
As I mentioned previously, the 2016 X1 is definitely not a full-size SUV, fitting in more with the crossover segment. But even though its not as big as its relatives, it still boasts 27-cubic-feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, with additional space underneath the floor. When it comes to space for the driver and passengers, I can’t say that any of us that were in the car ran into any issues– and that includes passengers over 6-feet tall.
Being a BMW, there are plenty of options and technologies that a buyer can include in their car. First off is the Driver Assistance Package ($1,150) and Driver Assistance Package Plus ($700). The most important inclusion in these options would have to be the rear view camera. Other packages included the Cold Weather Package ($500), Premium Package ($3,250) and Technology Package ($2,500). I can definitely say that the most impressive options had to be the Driver Assistance Package and Premium Package, with the latter adding a multitude of create comforts like a panoramic moonroof and lumbar support.
Those looking for a fun drive that will provide space when needed ought to look into getting a crossover. If you want to add some German flavor to your garage, look no further.