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.
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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.