fiveth Mar 2020 1:07 pm

BMW’s smallest SUV receives BS6 engines among other tweaks for its 2020 iteration.

What is it?

The entry-stage luxurious SUV section is 1 of the most significant segments in conditions of revenue for luxurious carmakers in India. 2020 is because of to see 1 of the largest rejigs in this section with the start of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3. That makes this the fantastic time for BMW to get a jump on its competitors and convey the current X1 SUV to India. So is this just another pretty normally BMW-esque insignificant update, or is it some thing substantially much more?

The 2020 X1 receives rather refined design and style changes.

What’s new on the outside the house?

Let us begin with the apparent – the changes to the exterior. As observed on virtually each and every new BMW in new moments, the X1 as well now receives a larger sized kidney grille – a one-piece device that provides it in line with its greater brothers, like the X5, X6 and X7. That reported, whilst the larger sized SUVs do have a good deal of chrome on these large grilles, the painted silver vertical slats on the X1’s grille really do not look as quality and do leave us wanting much more bling. Other changes include a new entrance bumper with repositioned fog-lamps (now horizontal LED strips), and redesigned LED headlamps. Viewed in profile, the current X1 looks fairly substantially the same as before, albeit with a new established of 17-inch wheels on this sDrive20d xLine variant. Meanwhile, changes around the rear are refined with mildly current LED tail-lamps, a a bit current bumper and a bit larger sized exhaust ideas.

BMW’s signature kidney grille has been scaled down for the new X1.

What’s new on the inside?

The changes on the interior are refined as well. The 8.8-inch touchscreen takes centre phase, but although the monitor is significant on paper, its placement makes it show up smaller than it truly is. The current method also receives a more recent model of BMW’s i-Generate interface and whilst it performs properly, 1 must note that it isn’t the most recent model you get on new-technology cars, like the Z4 and 3 Collection, which is a indication of the X1’s vintage. Also, whilst the current X1 receives wi-fi Apple CarPlay, BMW, as anticipated, nonetheless does not supply Android Auto. Other changes include a new equipment lever (which is nicely built) and configurable interior ambient lighting. There’s also a bit of distinction-coloured double-stitching on the dashboard that provides it a richer come to feel, but again, the X1’s age is setting up to present, with products that just really do not come to feel very as prosperous as in BMW’s more recent cars.

Inside changes are even much more refined, nevertheless there is much more kit.

Fortunately, there has been no adjust to the X1 when it arrives to the sheer total of place that this SUV packs. Both equally the entrance and rear seats are nonetheless pretty spacious and the panoramic glass roof indicates that the interior is always properly lit and feels airy. The ideal-in-course boot packs in an remarkable five hundred litres of place, and considering the fact that it has its possess devoted recess underneath the boot floor, the pesky place saver doesn’t eat into luggage place as observed in some other luxurious cars. To wrap it all up, BMW has provided two USB-C charging points for rear passengers, in tune with the moments but in scenario you really do not have the correct adapter but, there is a typical USB port at the entrance.

What’s it like to drive?

While the changes on the outside the house and interior are apparent in some scenarios and refined in other individuals, the changes underneath the bonnet are significantly much more significantly-reaching. The current X1, in each in its petrol and diesel guise, is now BS6 compliant. The design we have here is the 2.-litre, four-cylinder diesel that makes 190hp and 400Nm of torque – figures that are unchanged from the BS4-spec design. The new motor satisfies BS6 emission norms by incorporating in a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalyst reduction (SCR) that utilizes AdBlue emission reduction additive, which can be crammed by means of a port next to the gasoline filler.


While the figures propose no changes, there most unquestionably is a noticeable adjust in the way the motor appears and drives. For starters, it is quieter in comparison to the older device – each, whilst at idle, or when becoming pushed really hard – and refinement degrees in common are substantially greater. BMW’s new mapping has also manufactured the motor a good deal much more linear in conditions of electric power shipping and whilst that does make it a lot easier to drive, primarily in visitors, the common punch that these engines were so well-known for will now be missed. Nonetheless, if you do want that entertaining and the relentless turbo torque to go your soul, you can always toggle the drive manner into ‘Sport’ – change the gearbox into ‘S’ or use the paddles to go via the 8-speed gearbox. From our screening equipment, the new X1 was basically more rapidly, doing -100kph in 7.72sec towards the older model’s 8.07sec, with an even larger gap in kickdown acceleration and it’s worth noting that the BS4 motor vehicle we analyzed had AWD, whilst this new BS6 motor vehicle is a entrance-wheel drive. Speaking about all-wheel drive, BMW will not be featuring that on the X1 any longer, even on the top rated-spec M Activity trim stage.

The 2.-litre diesel’s linear electric power shipping makes driving in visitors substantially a lot easier.

The BMW X1 facelift is also a bit much more relaxed. Now whilst that might be attributed to the xLine’s 225/fifty five R17 tyres, there is most unquestionably an added suppleness that the German automaker has added to the suspension set up. Bump absorption is greater than before, and although there is nonetheless an underlying sense of the common BMW firmness, the X1 is now a good deal much more forgiving for poor roadways whilst protecting substantial-speed composure.

Really should you acquire 1?

With these updates, BMW appears to have aimed their entry-stage luxurious SUV towards a much more different target viewers. Gone are the days when a Bimmer would be rigid as nails and the epitome of driving enjoyment. Alternatively, it really is changed by solutions that are very properly sorted all-rounders and the X1 is just that. It looks good, even with that behemoth grille, has wonderful road manners, is properly equipped and spacious. The design we analyzed charges Rs 39.ninety lakh (ex-showroom, India) and prices on the whole are about Rs forty,000-60,000 much more than the outgoing motor vehicle, depending on the variant. This is not poor at all, taking into consideration the updates and revised engines, and whilst there’s no top rated-spec AWD design any longer, there is now a new base SportX design that provides the entry price down to Rs 35.ninety lakh towards the preceding model’s Rs 38.30 lakh. For much more on the prices of the SUV, head here.


Considering the fact that you can find no hatchback on supply any longer, and the 2 Collection Gran Coupe not because of for start until eventually later on in the calendar year, this current X1 makes for a sturdy entry place to the BMW brand. Furthermore, the Volvo XC40 has been diminished to a one petrol variant, and as Audi and Mercedes-Benz have exhausted their shares of the existing-technology Q3 and GLA, (and you can find a lengthy hold out before the new ones arrive along) at the moment, BMW has this section fairly substantially all to by itself.