H spooned a cup of LCI yesterday early? No? The BMW X1 does, because translated from Bavarian LCI does not stand for a new miracle yogurt that supposedly helps you lose weight, but for Lifecycle Impulse - i.e. model maintenance. Nevertheless, BMW leaves the large scalpel in the sterile packaging and restricts itself to a few minor tricks in terms of appearance. A little more body color instead of unpainted plastic, a three-part air inlet in the front bumper, lighting technology adapted to the other model series - done.
And why then? According to the manufacturer, because now the BMW X1, like the 1 and 3 series, has to be available in different equipment lines. So be it. Now customers can choose between the basic, Sportline (sports seats, bodywork applications in black chrome, special light alloy wheels) and x-Line (18-inch wheels, separate fabric cover, bodywork applications in matt titanium silver). After all, the BMW X1 is spared the driving experience switch.
BMW X1 without any changes to the chassis
The drive and chassis of the BMW X1 must therefore ensure the driving experience. The prerequisites for this are great, because at least the chassis remains the same, as it was revised last year with new dampers and changed joints on the five-link rear axle.
The engine range is now supplemented by a 116 hp Diesel, however, the most economical variant remains the BMW X1 20d Efficient Dynamics Edition. The only naturally aspirated engine that remains is the 18i petrol engine with 150 hp, due to the low entry-level price. The 25d provided for the first test drive may not be cheap, but it is performance. The four-cylinder diesel familiar from the BMW X1 23d has, among other things, new turbochargers and modified software that helps it achieve a torque increase from 400 to 450 Newton meters - with a simultaneously reduced speed (1,500 instead of 2,000 rpm). At 4,000 rpm the two-liter engine develops 218 hp (23d: 204 hp at 4,400 rpm).
Background noise swells disproportionately
Around 1.7 tons of vehicle weight? Yes and? After all, the power helps even the heavy 5 Series to perform well. So the four-cylinder pounded with the pulling power of a tennis professional, but with little revving, the BMW X1 over the asphalt and probably alsocasual over loose ground, because in this variant the all-wheel drive x-Drive is part of the standard equipment.
With increasing speed, however, the background noise in the BMW X1 increases disproportionately, which is due to the wind noise. The eight-speed automatic, which is subject to a surcharge, keeps the engine at a comfortable speed level and, at best, lets it romp in manual mode right up to the red zone at 4,500 rpm. If minimum consumption is desired, please: the Eco-Pro mode is also available without the driving experience switch, look here.
BMW X1 encourages ambitious driving
Whether it is the 5, 9 L /100 km within reach? Hardly, because even now the BMW X1, with its precise hydraulic steering and slightly understeering self-steering behavior, encourages ambitious driving rather than ambitious savings. And the developers have even been able to make the chassis a little more comfortable since its market launch around two and a half years ago, despite the test car's 18-inch wheels with run-flat properties.
The dose of LCI that has now been administered brings the BMW X1 one thing above all else Once again improved drive train - and slightly higher quality materials in the interior. However, it will only decrease with the next model change.