2018 BMW X1 The smallest SUV is back

The 2018 BMW X1 is a small SUV but this contender has the elements to outperform most of its segment rivals. The BMW prefers to categorize it as a SAV or sports activity vehicle rather than SUV. For 2018, the BMW is giving this car a makeover. This will help it tackle contenders like the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, Audi Q3 and others.

2018 BMW X1 front

2018 BMW X1 – Sleek and Lavish

The prominent BMW design characteristics are there in the X1 including the famous dual kidney bean grille at the front. The headlamps are sleeker now and they are LED powered. All trims get LED DRL. Its wheel sizes vary as per trims- they can range from 17 to 19 inches and designs are also numerous. The X1 is available in various enticing metallic hues. However, the trim choices are- sDrive28i, xDrive28i. The available panoramic sunroof offers various levels of adjustment.

Interior Features

The cabin of the 2018 BMW X1 is sleek and lavish. The quality of cabin materials is excellent and soft-touch materials abound. A large 8.8-inch display for the driver comes at additional cost. The default cargo space is 17.8 cubic feet. However, after folding down back seats, it is enhanced to 58.7 cubic feet. You may opt for sliding back seats at extra cost for more flexibility. The cargo space also has a false floor.

Safety and Amenities

In both safety and amenities, the 2018 BMW X1 scores high but you have to buy various packages to get top notch features in each department. The standard safety features are traction control, stability control, airbags, antilock disc brakes, and enhanced version of BMW Assist emergency communications system. It comprises of automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle recovery.

All trims get features like rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, BMW’s iDrive interface, Bluetooth, HD radio. There are plenty of packages available for buyers. The Premium package brings keyless ignition, adaptive LED headlights, interior ambient lighting.

In luxury package, you get real leather upholstery, wood trim. Geeks can opt for the technology package which adds BMW’s smartphone apps, 8.8-inch display screen, and navigation. The iDrive technology interface has received a boost and now it supports touch recognition. The UI is smooth and fast. Audiophiles can opt for a Harman Kardon audio system with 12 speakers.

2018 BMW X1 interior

Turbocharged Engine

The 2018 BMW X1 is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine which is mated to 8 -speed automatic transmission unit. The FWD and AWD both are available and the latter is laden with hill descent control. The engine is peppy and even a loaded car does not feel sluggish on various terrains. However, to get the sporty feel when driving, you should use the Sport mode.

Price and Availability

The BMW has not announced the pricing for 2018 BMW X1. However, the expected price for base trim is likely to be around $34,000. The release date should be in late 2017.

Summing it up

The 2018 BMW X1 is a stunning small SUV which races ahead of category rivals. It gets a powerful engine and enough luxury features along with a superb interior. However, you have to pay a lot if you want the top safety features and amenities.

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