BMW’s X1 xDrive28i seeks to differentiate itself in an increasingly crowded compact crossover market with desired functionality, impressive fuel efficiency, and of course the dynamic driving experience expected of a BMW. This all-new, second generation premium compact crossover features updated styling for 2016, new powertrain and chassis technology, and an array of desired on-board electronics. Plus, it offers greater headroom and legroom while also increasing cargo capacity. All this comes at a starting price of $34,800, a premium over most other small crossovers but then again, this is a BMW.
Best-in-class power is delivered by a 228 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter EfficientDynamics engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, providing the X1 xDrive28i an EPA estimated 32 highway mpg. This latest 2.0-liter modular BMW engine has an aluminum crankcase and cylinder head, forged steel crankshaft with an integrated balance shaft drive, low-weight pistons, forged connecting rods, friction-reduced cylinder coatings, and map-controlled oil pumps. Peak torque of 258 lb-ft is available between 1,250 and 4,500 rpm. The engine connects to a lighter 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with reduced converter slip to decrease energy losses. A wider gear spread also means lower rpms at higher speeds for reduced emissions.
The BMW xDrive system in the new BMW X1 is considerably lighter with 30 percent less energy loss in normal driving. Working closely with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), it counteracts oversteer or understeer. BMW EfficientDynamics technology includes Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, and on-demand fuel and coolant pumps. ECO PRO mode allows coasting between 30-100 mph, disengaging the powertrain when a driver’s foot is taken off the throttle.
Inside, the all-new X1 features a driver focused cockpit with the flat surfaces of the instrument panel and center console controls all angled toward the driver, and the choice of a 6.5 or 8.8-inch display.
The rear seatback can be split 40:20:40, with the three sections folding down individually or jointly to enhance functionality. An optional sliding and reclining rear bench has individual elements that can slide forward or back by up to five inches for seating comfort. Cargo space has been increased by more than 15 percent to 58.7 cubic feet with the seats folded down.
BMW ConnectedDrive features include a Head-Up Display, BMW Online, BMW Apps, and Advanced Real Time Traffic Information. Standard and available camera-based assistance systems include Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, Frontal Collision Warning with Pedestrian Warning, City Collision Mitigation, Park Distance Control, and Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go. Altogether that’s about all the advanced tech you could possibly want, and BMW delivers it big time.