BMW’s small crossover is big on comfort

It grew in all the right ways
by Dinzo Tabamo | Feb 13, 2019

Despite having the lowest digit in the X-Series, the X1 cannot lay claim to being the smallest crossover in BMW’s lineup. That distinction goes to the new X2, which is a hair wider but shorter and lower than the X1. 

The new X1 has also notably increased in size compared to the first generation, and occupants will immediately appreciate this. While the previous X1 was a nimble model that was fun to drive, its space was limited. Four adults can fit, but add luggage and you’ll run out of cargo capacity quickly. With the current X1, rear passengers can now relax and stretch their legs. This makes BMW’s crossover a better urban transport, considering how long people stay in cars these days due to traffic.

The car is equipped with all-wheel drive and the popular 2.0-liter turbodiesel, so BMW’s athletic DNA is still present. Thank goodness our market didn’t get the front-wheel-drive variant that the 2-Series Active Tourer got. The 2-Series AT wasn’t bad, you know? But when you’ve driven the best everyday Bimmers, you can feel when the brand is being diluted.

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I do miss the old X1’s feeling of connectedness; it was smaller and more agile. But the 2019 X1 will still give you a smile behind the wheel, while delivering the comfort and ride quality this German brand is known for.

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