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Setting a new benchmark

autos Updated: Oct 14, 2010 03:53 IST
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Prices dictate sales in India. If the BMW X1 is to follow this rule, it could fast become the best-selling Bimmer after its launch in October this year. But only if it lives up to BMW standards.

Looks and Interiors
The X1 is based on the same platform as the current
E90 3 Series but is smaller. Indian buyers will get the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel (the same 177 bhp unit as in the 3 and 5 Series) and the 2.5-litre 204 bhp petrol in-line six also seen in the 523i.



The suspension has double-jointed axles at the front and a five-link setup at the rear. The rack and pinion steering is hydraulically assisted. The steering wheel offers reach and rake adjustment.

Regularly touched surfaces get soft feel materials but those lower down the centre console, get brittle plastics.

The standard kit list in ‘Highline’ spec includes six-CD stereo, two-zone automatic air-conditioner and an on-board computer, which are activated with the iDrive controller.

This 177 bhp, 35.6 kgm monster with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel is tractable from low revs, with only a little lag, and there’s ample mid-range shove for overtaking. But the engine isn’t as refined; it’s considerably noisier. The braking system brings the X1 to a halt well, and pedal modulation is excellent.
Drive
The X1 handles more like a saloon than an SUV. There is more roll in corners but extremities are in control.

The ride quality of the X1 is comfortable, and it deals with urban speed bumps better. If we do have a worry, it’s the steering.

Although it provides the BMW feel, it’s heavy and not as effortless to steer as a CR-V or an X-Trail.

However, the X1 sets new standards for a mini-SUV driving experience. BMW will locally assemble the X1
in India to bring costs down. Expect a long queue for the most affordable BMW on offer.

Bmw x1
Price: R25 lakh (est, ex-showroom, Delhi)
Length: 4454 mm
Width: 1798 mm
Height: 1545 mm
Wheelbase: 2760 mm
Kerb weight: 1,572 kgEngine: 4-cyl, in-line, 1995 cc, turbo-diesel Installation: Front, longitudinal
Power: 177 bhp at 4000 rpm
Torque: 35.66 kgm at 1750-3000 rpm
Gearbox: 6-speed automatic
Fuel tank: 61 litres
Brakes (f/r): 312 mm ventilated discs (f); 300 mm ventilated discs (r)
Tyre size: 225/50 R17

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