At first glance the X1 might look pretty similar to the outgoing version, but in truth it’s a machine almost entirely transformed from the original. For starters it rides on a new platform shared with the 2 Series Active Tourer and uses a new four-wheel-drive system on models so equipped. The engines are updated and the automatic gearbox is new, while the exterior has been thoroughly revamped.
Inside there’s a new cabin, also loosely related on its 2 Series sibling as well as an upgraded specification. In the UK we’ll get one front-wheel-drive diesel version and three 4WD versions – two diesel and one petrol.
Looks and image
It’s a relatively compact car still so the X1 clearly sits on the first step of BMW’s X models but there have been significant changes to its appearance. Consi...