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BMW X1 xDrive 25d driving report: How does the mini-SUV from BMW drive?

BMW X1 xDrive 25d driving report
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G The BMW X1 wants to be more spacious, more variable and more economical with immediate effect be, but drive at least as agile as its successful predecessor. This is probably why only the 231 hp top diesel in the X1 25d xDrive is initially available for a first exit.

Regardless of the great success of the BMW X1 - the first generation accounted for more than a quarter of global sales of the Brand out - the Bavarians apparently smell an even larger group of buyers who have a higher space requirement. So far, only those passengers who were also able to celebrate lavish parties in telephone booths have not complained about the space available.

BMW X1 uses platform of the 2 Series Gran Tourer for more space

Fitting In addition, the knee room in the rear increased from generation 1 to 2 by 37 millimeters, with the optional rear bench seat that can be moved by 13 centimeters, it is even up to 66 millimeters. Don't get it wrong: BMW is still not building the rolling ballroom in this segment, but is based on the most spacious representative, the VW Tiguan (you can read a first comparison of the two in issue 16, which will be on the kiosk from July 23rd).

The highlight: the outside of the X1 even shrunk by 1.5 centimeters in length. How it works? Very easily. The BMW X1 now uses the platform of the two-seater Gran Tourer, which means above all engines that are installed transversely and further forward and of course front-wheel drive. However, this is likely to be more irrelevant for an SUV than for any other type of vehicle - especially since BMW assumes that the proportion of models with all-wheel drive is around 60 percent.

In any case, the test car is equipped with it, which means that there is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch on the rear axle, and a two-part cardan shaft provides the connection to the front axle. Depending on requirements, the BMW X1 xDrive 25d only drives along driven front wheels or distributes its power to all four - a technology also known as the Haldex principle. On the way you can really only feel the to and fro of the forces because there is never a lack of traction.

From 0-100 km /h in just 6.5 seconds

That's good, because the 2.0-liter diesel does not only provide a maximum torque of 450 Nm for tires. This force is already available at 1,500 revolutions, two turbochargers help. The unit is runningSurprisingly cultivated, acoustically never in the foreground, appears well insulated - and puts a lot of pressure on. Right from the start, the SUV is punching forwards. Supported by the optimally tuned eight-speed automatic, it should accelerate the X1 from zero to 100 km /h in 6.5 seconds.

Fear of corners is still alien to the 1,650 kilogram BMW X1 xDrive 25d, he has breakfast with great pleasure, steers agile, then remains neutral for a long time - an SUV customer will hardly expect more.

BMW X1 xDrive 25d also with front-wheel drive and 3-cylinder

How yourself the BMW X! drives with front-wheel drive? No idea, BMW is currently not letting anyone try it, nor are the allegedly ultra-economical three-cylinder variants S-Drive 18i and S-Drive 16d. Of course, all X1s share the sporty, low seating position, even though the second generation is a few millimeters higher than its predecessor.

As is typical of the brand, the ergonomics are almost optimal, and anyone who wants to can now think of it Order an easy-to-read head-up display, as well as adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assistant and electronically controlled dampers. As with the two-seater Active and Gran Tourer, they do not work adaptively but with two fixed characteristics. Even in standard mode, the BMW X1 drives around corners with such agility and, above all, offers sufficient suspension comfort that probably only pilots who are badly bitten by the oat will probably choose the sport setting.

BMW X1 from 29,950 euros

So it manages a pretty big balancing act, the new BMW X1, which should certainly increase its group of buyers, even if the prices are as confident as usual (it starts from 29,950 euros, the top model driven costs at least 42,500 euros) - unless far more customers than assumed appreciate the first generation concept with longitudinal engine and rear-wheel-based all-wheel drive.


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