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In the land of rugged, truck-based SUVs and comfortable, car-based crossovers, the BMW X1 lands on the softer side of the aisle, both inside and out.
From a few feet away, the X1 interior looks suave and composed. If you've seen other recent BMW interiors--especially in the brand's smaller models--you'll find this one familiar; there's a muscular bulge swelling at the middle of the dash, effectively dividing the driver zone from the passenger zone. Contrasting trim and upholstery do help here, but some of the best-looking picks come at a premium.
The X1 is a tall wagon on the outside, with the barest minimum of references to the SUV world. There's a bulge at the grille, some roof rails, and a little more ground clearance than you'd get in a sport wagon. The sides are curved and glassy, with its only straight edge at its sills.
There are two and a half flavors of X1 on the market: excessive turbo-six AWD X1 xDrive35i, versatile, turbo-four AWD xDrive28i, and base turbo-four RWD sDrive28i.
If you're feeling sporty, the xDrive35i model will run from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds to a top speed of 130 mph. However, we prefer the four-cylinder, especially with all-wheel drive, which can move from 0-60 is a surprising 6.2 seconds.
Expect BMW dynamic excellence here; you'll find very little body roll or dynamic misbehavior, and the X1 doesn't feel flustered being driven like a sport sedan, or by brittle, broken Michigan byroads. Skip the M Sport package and it's capable of soaking up all kinds of small imperfections without skittering over them in unimpressive ways.
The X1 is sized more like the subcompact crossovers available today than the compacts that are familiar to more buyers. By rough comparison, it's more Escape, Countryman, and Evoque, than X3, GLK or Q5, with a suitably tall roofline that also makes it something of a last-generation BMW 3-Series wagon.
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