BMW X1 sDrive20i Review: Mission: Not impossible

BMW X1 sDrive20i Review: Mission: Not impossible

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
07 Jan 2013
What we like:
pros
Lively and punchy engine
pros
lovely gearbox
pros
handles very well for an SUV.
What we dislike:
cons
Apparent wind noise at speeds
cons
engine can get gruff above 5
cons
000 rpm
cons
OEM tyres not so sticky.

For an SUV, the rear-wheel driven X1 handles brilliantly. So some might opine the electrically-assisted steering a tad on the heavy side, but it does provide good feedback and accuracy. However during hard driving, the standard tyres do seem to struggle for grip.

Bumbling along at expressway speeds, the X1’s cabin is surprisingly well insulated against any engine noise. But as you pick up speed, tyre and wind noise becomes more apparent – thankfully, the sound system does a good job of masking those up. By the way, EcoPro mode also made its appearance here, together with engine auto start/stop; this should be good news for 'greener' drivers.

In conclusion, why on earth should you buy one?

Well what makes the updated X1 sDrive20i unique is that it’s now fast and equally responsive, and in terms of mannerism, behaves more like a sorted wagon than an SUV. Most importantly, it is significantly better than the variant it replaces.

Hence as an entire package, the X1 is a complete one.

Credits: Story and photos by Azfar Hashim

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