The popularity of SUVs is at an all-time high, which has led to a marketplace flooded with utility vehicles that are sufficient but lacking a certain je ne sais quoi. BMW, never a brand content to merely blend into the pack, has moved laterally out of the SUV marketplace in favor of creating its own brand of utility vehicle: The Sports Activity Vehicle®.
At the head of this movement is the 2018 BMW X1, a surprisingly efficient, superlatively luxurious, highly intelligent and thoroughly safety-minded vehicle.
Both the 2018 BMW X1 sDrive 28i and X1 xDrive 28i are offered with the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-four cylinder engine, which generates 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the sDrive 28i to go 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds and the xDrive 28i to do the same in 6.3 seconds.
Engine technologies include Double-VANOS, Valvetronic, high-precision direct injection and Auto Start-Stop functionality. The 2018 X1 also features Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO, COMFORT and SPORT settings and an efficient eight-speed STEPTRONIC Automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes.
Utility for activities
BMW understands that utility is ideal for those who lead active lifestyles, and the 2018 BMW X1 delivers all the space that even the most active lifestyle demands. The 2018 X1 features easy-fold 40/20/40-split rear seats to maximize cargo space when you need it.
When your duty requires shuttling up to four passengers, the BMW X1 is every bit as capable with 41.9 inches of headroom, 40.4 inches of front legroom and 37 inches of rear legroom. Comfort is enhanced by SensaTec leatherette upholstery and optional leather seating surfaces, and optional sliding and reclining rear seat options make it even easier for your passengers to relax.
The BMW X1 is offered with the optional Premium Package, which ups the ante with features that include an advanced Head-up Display, Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information and Navigation with Touchpad Controller.
The X1s superlative safety also includes features including programmable LED Daytime Running Lights; front and rear Head Protection System; drivers and passengers front airbag supplemental restraint system with advanced technology; an impact sensor that disengages the fuel pump, turns on interior and hazard lights and unlocks doors in the event of a collision; and BMW Asssist eCall™, which includes Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.
The 2018 BMW X1 does everything that one would expect of an SUV, but by virtue of being both a BMW and a Sports Activity Vehicle, it is much more than what its competition can offer. Those differences are clear from the first time one lays eyes on the X1 to the first time they climb behind the wheel for a grocery run or a long road trip.
This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.