Motoroids Road Test
- Design and exterior
X1 isn’t a SUV. It’s a compact crossover. The X1 looks best when viewed head on, from a slightly low angle.
- Engine and transmission
Two engine options, a 2.0-liter petrol with 150 bhp / 200 Nm and a 2.0-liter diesel with 177bhp and 350Nm of torque. The well-refined 2.0-liter diesel is the pick of the two mills. Transmission duties are taken care of by a six-speed auto system which comes as standard on all X1 variants. The transmission is reasonably quick and intelligent enough to pick the shift points intelligently.
- Driving dynamics, ride and handling
The seat height is neither as low as the 3-series nor as high as, say the X5. Steering is heavily weighted but not uncomfortable. Even with five aboard, the X1 felt perfectly composed while climbing up and rolling down the scenic windy roads leading to Aamby Valley. Turn-ins are precise, the feedback from the steering wheel is true. The X1’s ride quality, although slightly better than some of the other family cars, isn’t the most rewarding for the back benchers. Even with a softer suspension setup, it’s more skittish than ideal at low speeds.
- Cabin space, quality, features and comfort
The X1 is clearly reminiscent of the 3-series, which is a good thing if we are talking quality and ergonomics. The quality of the front seats, the support, both for back and thigh is great. Talking of the back bench, the space is sufficient only for two occupants. Putting three in there is a bit of a squeeze, especially with the transmission tunnel troubling the center occupant’s foot position.
the X1 makes for a great all-rounder which delivers on almost every front while also presenting itself at a great price. We love it for its affordability, its versatility and of course its performance. But, it’s not the most comfy back bench out there.