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The BMW X1 comes in just one trim level this year—xDrive 28i—and a single all-wheel drive powertrain with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4. It makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that has three drive modes and paddle shifters. According to BMW, it will accelerate to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
A BMW should be fun to drive, and the X1 fulfills that mandate with a gutsy motor, quick steering, and agile handling. You won't mistake it for a 3-Series, but performance is excellent for a crossover.
New exterior design addresses this criticism with an emphasis on height—the 2016 BMW X1 is almost 2 inches taller. The X1 also gains a more aggressive stance with an extra inch in width and a track that's two inches wider. It works: You no longer have to squint optimistically to see a compact crossover in an X1's lines. Headlights and taillights set high in the corners of the front and rear fascias only add to the effect.
The 2016 BMW X1 comes with just one drivetrain: an all-new turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 rated for 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with comfort, sport, and eco modes, and paddle shifters. BMW claims 0-to-60 mph acceleration of 6.3 seconds, and that feels about right to us.
There's plenty of head room all around, and surprisingly generous leg room for rear passengers. This is especially true with an optional sliding/reclining 40/20/40 seat that offers up to 5 inches of travel. Width is, however, in somewhat short supply and three adults won't want to spend much time in back.
Cargo space of 27.1 cubic feet is 3 cubic feet more than the outgoing X1. With the rear seat folded, you get 58.7 cubic feet. It's an improvement, obviously, and better than an Audi Q3 or Range Rover Evoque, but still far short of the room you'd get in a mainstream crossover like the Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.
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