BMW X1 2018 First Drive and Review

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What makes the 10Best winning BMW X1 so good? It’s quick, nimble, spacious, well built, and undeniably upscale. The darling turbocharged inline-four-cylinder engine revs eagerly, and the X1’s ride is comfortable without sacrificing inspired handling. Hauling bulky cargo? The X1 succeeds there, too, making it a true dual-purpose vehicle for driving enthusiasts with an active lifestyle. Exterior styling could stand to be more expressive, but no one will mistake the X1 for anything but a BMW, and that alone may be attractive to potential buyers. It’s the whole package, and in this highly competitive segment, an easy favorite.

What’s New for 2018?

BMW has rearranged the X1’s lineup for 2018 and now offers five distinct trims—base, Convenience, M Sport, Premium, and M Sport Premium—each with more features than the last. Only a few features are still offered as standalone options on non-Premium trims, including front and rear parking sensors ($800), LED headlamps ($950), Navigation ($950), and heated seats and steering wheel ($550). Some new features join the party for 2018; a backup camera is now standard, as is BMW’s ConnectedDrive in-car concierge service. Apple CarPlay is now optional ($300) as is onboard Wi-Fi with wireless device charging ($500). A new color—Sunset Orange Metallic—replaces Chestnut Bronze.

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What Was New for 2017?

For 2017, BMW made few changes to its smallest crossover, which was fully redesigned and introduced in 2015 as a 2016 model. While the previous generation was available with an inline-six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive, the 2016 model rolled out on an all-new front-drive platform with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four-cylinder as its sole engine. Starting for 2017, the M Sport package includes a sport-tuned suspension for the first time; sport seats are also offered as a stand-alone option.

 

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Trims and Options We’d Choose

We dig the M Sport’s monochromatic look and appreciate its sport-tuned suspension and more comfortably shaped sport seats. Other standard features on the M Sport include:

• Panoramic sunroof
• A racy M-branded steering wheel
• Blacked-out window trim and roof rails

For 2018, the price has increased for our front-wheel-drive model; the X1 sDrive28i M Sport now carries a price tag of $39,545, a hefty $2005 more than the 2017 model, but its sharper driving dynamics, longer list of standard equipment, and racier image are worth extra coin. All-wheel drive is available for another $2000.

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