Crossovers are one of the faster growing automobile segments with luxury vehicles accounting for an increasing number of the newer entries in the sector. The 2017 BMW X1 is an excellent example of the small upscale crossovers whose design, performance, and features have earned the SUV a spot on Car and Driver’s 10 Best Trucks and SUVs list.
BMW reintroduced the X1 in 2015 with a full redesign. The 2017 model sport a very small number of changes but those included help secure the model’s spot as the top small luxury SUV.
The X1 is a bit boxy looking. This is more than offset by the vehicle’s handling and performance. The X1 provides cargo and passenger space that outpaces all other crossovers in its class.
Many buyers will find the X1 a perfect choice just as it rolls off the assembly line; however the available upgrades are well worth considering.
- The X1 features front-wheel drive and a 2.0 litre inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine. For most drivers this is perfectly adequate, but an all-wheel drive is available for 2017.
- The optional M Sport package includes a sport-tuned suspension. The package also includes body-coloured bumpers and lower-body cladding, a branded racy steering wheel, and blacked out window trim.
- Power-adjustable front seats with memory are standard. Sports seats, which offer substantially more comfort, are an available option.
- Rain-sensing wipers and a power lift-gate are standard.
The standard body colours are limited to black or white unless you choose to spend about £700 for one of the nine metallic paint options.
Connectivity options are rapidly becoming one of the more important decision points for many buyers. The X1’s standard infotainment system is intuitive and fairly easy to operate while driving. It is possible to upgrade to an 8.8-inch screen that is not found in most luxury SUVs. The infotainment system however is not one of the high points of the X1. The response time is very slow and only one USB port is included. The system features a seven speakers, navigation, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
The system is fairly easy to operate by a rotary knob.
One other minor drawback with the infotainment system is found in its ease of use. Standard tasks like making a phone call or changing a radio station are fairly straightforward. However some of the menus are more like brainteasers. For example when calling up the nav system an “Interactive Map” and a “Map Content” icon are both displayed, requiring either experimentation or spending some time with the owner’s manual.
The X1 is a truly impressive vehicle which is a compelling upgrade from many vehicles (remember, you can get a price for your existing vehicle from The Car Buying Group) and is certainly worthy of the prestigious BMW badge which sits proudly on it’s bonnet.