2018 BMW X1 xDrive 28i


BMW X1: Unmistakably a BMW with good room economy

BMW’s new compact (or-subcompact) SUV clearly demonstrates the BMW driving dynamics and pleasure in a downsized format. Not much of a downsizing when it comes to price: Our fully-loaded tester costs XXXXX including options worth XXXX.

Like it is the case with all other manufacturers including the noble Rolls Royce which is part of the BMW Group), the SUV fever burns also the Bavarian manufacturer of fine and sporty vehicles.

Companies like BMW or Mercedes have lower volumes than large-scale manufacturers. So, it is more than vitally important for them to occupy every possible segment of the market. And SUV’a are on the rise in every segment while we hear more and more news of product cancellations when it comes to sedans. Remember Ford’s announcement to discontinue Taurus, Fusion and Fiesta.

While the Bavarians are about to launch X7, the biggest BMW SUV ever, late this year, volume models like X1 always matter. The X2, the smallest “sport-SUV” on the market since early this year shows the German commitment to fill all the gaps.

The X1 shares the same platform with the Mini Countryman, the group’s  other brand that we already tested.

Engine and Driving Impressions

Introduced as 2016 model year and in its second generation, X1 is avialable in Canada only with one engine option: 2.8i with two-liter turbo four and 8-speed auto delivering 228 horsepower. This is not the most perfect BMW experience when it comes to power, but you will enjoy it unless your other car is a 6 or 7 series north of 300 horsepower. The maximum torque of 258 lb-ft is spread over a broad range of rpm’s and gives you the impression of having a larger-displacement engine than it actually is. The average consumption is slightly more than 10 liters and acceptable fore this weight (1,677 kg) and body class.Three different drive modes (Eco, Comfort and Sport) add variety to your driving menu as we are familiar from many other models. This is how you justify the price difference of several thousand dollars over more mainstream models.

Perfected over almost decades, the infotainment screen with i-drive controls is a textbook example of good ergonomics

A few words about the 19-inch run-flat tires: I have never been a fan of this type of expensive rubber. With today’s high-quality, ordinary tires and relatively clearer roads (no more horseshoe nails dropped on the road for a couple of decades), I do not think we need this sophisticated tires. Narrow sidewalls of BMW’s run-flats make you feel pure discomfort when you travel on rough surfaces like tram tracks.


Included in our options are sport seats with Mocha Dakota perforated leather, costing $950. The seats are comfortable and adjustable for best customization. The dashboard and instrumentation is close to perfection in terms of functionality as we are familiar from other bimmers. Compared to the size of the vehicle, the interior is roomy with high quality materials and workmanship.

BMW X1: The third best-selling model in Canada after 3 Series and X5


A relatively affordable alternative for singles, childless couples or empty nesters who want to tap into the luxury segment of the compact-crossovers. Bey the way, affordable is a relative term and fit for the luxury class. Our tester costs 52 Grand including the options worth of 12 Grand, not less than the price of a decent used car in itself.


Model: 2018 BMW X1 28i xDrive SUV

Paint Type: Atlantic Grey Metallic
Base /as tested MSRP: $40,600 /$52,450

Optional Equipment:

Premium Package Enhanced ($5,750) includes:

  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Alarm System
  • Automatic Trunk
  • Comfort Access
  • Satin Aluminium Roof Rails
  • Panorama Sunroof
  • Auto Dimming Exterior Mirrors
  • Auto Dimming Interior Mirror
  • Sport Seats
  • Lumbar Support
  • Head-Up Display
  • Sirius XM Satellite Radio Tuner
  • HiFi Sound System
  • Convenience Telephony with Smartphone Connectivity
  • On-Board Navigation
  • BMW ConnectedDrive Services Professional

Sport Performance Package ($950)

  • 19” light alloy wheels Y-spoke style 511, Performance RFT
  • Sport Auto Trans w/Paddles
  • Variable Sport Steering

Smartphone Connectivity Package ($750)

  • Apple CarPlay Preparation
  • Wireless Charging w/Extended Bluetooth and USB
  • WiFi Hotspot

Driving Assistance Package ($1,750)

  • Driving Assistance include Lane Departure Warning,
  • Forward Collision Warning, High Beam Assistant and Speed Limit Info
  • Park Assistant including Park Distance Control, Front/Rear

Stand Alone Options:

  • Perforated Dakota Leather ($950)
  • Sliding/Reclining Rear Seats w/Cargo Nets ($895)
  • Metallic Paint ($895)

Article: Varol McKars

Test Drivers: Varol McKars, Basak Mc Kars, Burak McKars, Dokan Gunay

Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by BMW Group Canada

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