BMW’s X1 might not have changed enough on the outside for you to distinguish it from the outgoing model in one glance, but the changes lie where they matter. Under its skin. The refinement of the engine and ride quality mean the X1 will not only please you, but also others around you who wouldn’t mind spending time in that cabin.
Yes, BMW had the chance to give you more bragging rights with this facelift by making the feature list meatier. But instead, they chose to focus on making the X1 a better package for the family as well, without corroding its core fun-to-drive nature. Overall, the X1 is the enthusiast’s pick in the segment, but now your family will also be enthusiastic to be driven around in it.
The X1 was always under equipped for its price, but it made up with the smile it put on your face when you decided to hoon around a bit. However, with this facelift, BMW had the chance to make things right. We weren’t really asking for anything fancy but misses like a head-up display, a passive keyless entry system, a powered tailgate, a sun-shade, a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, and a digital instrument cluster will leave you a bit unsatisfied. Especially since most of these features are available in cars half the price of an X1.
Not to say that the X1 doesn’t pamper you. You get a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable front seats with a memory function for the driver’s seat, cruise control (can you believe that it was not offered previously?), dual-zone climate control, AC vents for the rear passengers, and a tyre pressure monitoring system (you’ll have to hunt in the iDrive controller to activate it).
So, you do get your dose of features but the fact that everything that’s been left out in the X1, is present in cars priced below it does make you feel shortchanged.