BMW X1 Crossover Review

August 29, 2017

BMW X1 Crossover | Braman BMW

Sports utility vehicles and crossovers have overtaken sedans, hatchbacks, minivans, trucks, and coupes as America’s favorite ride and a top choice for families, busy professionals, and adventure-seekers alike. And for good reason: these vehicles are practical, roomy, and, when you choose the right model (and the right roads!), they offer an incredible – and often exhilarating – driving experience. Fortunately, when choosing, you cannot go wrong with the BMW X1 Crossover. A spunky, sport compact Sports Activity Vehicle, the X1 will get you where you want to go – and ensure you love every second of the journey.

The Vital Stats

Braman BMW offers a variety of BMW models, one of the most popular of which is the X1. Let’s take a quick look at the crossover in several areas that are most important to drivers:


(Specifications for the base model X1 xDrive28i)

Engine 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder
Horsepower 228 hp
Torque 258 lb-ft
Transmission 8-speed STEPTRONIC Automatic with Sport and Manual shift mode
Drivetrain All-wheel drive
0-60 Acceleration 6.3 seconds
Top Speed 131
Seating 5
Fuel Economy 22 city / 32 highway
Cargo Capacity 27.1–58.7 cubic feet

Where do we start? The power? The performance? The handling? The space? The efficiency? The advanced technology and safety features? This compact Sports Activity Vehicle has it all. And then some.

So let’s start with the start. The gutsy crossover achieves 0-60 in just over 6 seconds – faster than many sedans. As soon as you engage the accelerator, you’ll feel all 228 horses chomping at the bit.  The inline 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine features High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic and Double VANOS technology. Even if you are  not mechanically oriented, you know this means one thing: power.

From there, the 8-speed STEPTRONIC transmission provides smooth and seamless gear transitions – and the ability to operate the X1 as a manual adds yet another layer of nuance and control to your experience.

Should you find yourself on a snowy mountain pass, a twisting turning urban road, a slick city street, or another adventure-in-the-making, the BMW X1 Crossover has you covered. It’s not just equipped with all-wheel drive. It’s equipped with intelligent all-wheel drive. When the system detects slippage in the wheels – whether due to rain, ice, or uneven conditions – it automatically redistributes power to the wheel that has the surest footing.

This smart crossover also features other BMW innovations, such as Dynamic Stability Control and Dynamic Traction Control. If the former senses over- or under-steering, it keeps your vehicle on course and maximizes stability and traction. The latter gives your X1 a firm grip on the road in low-friction situations (e.g. ice and, more common in Florida, wet pavement).

Add run-flat tires, which resist deflating, and there is no terrain that you cannot tackle and no weather conditions that will sideline your plans. Your world just expanded.


Safety Is Always A Top Priority

Regardless of power or performance, any vehicle is only worth as much as its safety features. Rest assured, this Sports Activity Vehicle  ensures ultimate safety for each passenger.

The X1 was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ and earned an Advanced front crash avoidance rating (with optional front crash prevention).

Adventure comes with peace of mind with features such as front and rear anti-roll (stabilizer) bars, front and rear Head Protection System, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, impact sensor that automatically disengages fuel pump and unlocks doors, anti-theft alarm system, BMW Assist eCall, driver’s and passenger’s front airbags with dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment, knee airbags, and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent airbags from deploying unnecessarily.

Not only will each passenger be safe, they’ll be comfortable. Some crossovers sacrifice space for power. Not the X1.


Room for Adventure. Or Groceries

Whatever your objectives when you slide behind the wheel, the BMW X1 Crossover is ready and willing to accommodate. From simple trips to the market and acting as chauffeur to your children’s soccer team to exploring new destinations, you have the power you want and the space you need.

While technically a “subcompact,” there is nothing cramped or confined about the X1’s cabin or cargo capacity. With the seats folded down, it offers a class-leading 58.7 cubic feet of space. Convenient storage compartments, 40/20/40 rear folding seats with sliding and reclining functions, 39.4 inches of rear headroom, there will be no fighting over seats as every one is as comfortable as the next.

Load up the family, your friends, your pets, your gear – and go. When you’re driving the X1, nothing can hold you back. And with super efficient 22 city/32 highway mpg, you won’t have to waste time filling up at every pump.


All That and BMW “Extras”

BMW offers a host of value-added features to enhance your experience even further. From the LED cornering headlights that provide new levels of front and side illumination, enhanced upholstery, and a full color heads-up infotainment display to functions that increase efficiency – e.g. auto stop/start and xDrive – each element is carefully designed and meticulously executed to ensure you receive nothing but the best experience from your BMW X1 Crossover.

This is doubly true when you visit Braman BMW. You will not only find exceptional vehicles, you will find stellar service and deals. Every aspect of your X1 ownership should be convenient, smooth, and seamless – and that includes purchasing or leasing it. With professional, no-pressure experts to help, you’ll soon be driving towards your next adventure.

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