Although the X1 is based on a somewhat outdated architecture (the 1-Series, 3-Series and X3 will be replaced in the next couple of years), you wouldn't exactly guess it just by looking at its exterior. In other words, almost every detail around the car is taken from the post-Bangle era of BMW design, found on each model launched in the last year.
The front headlights are using "eye lids" similar to the ones first found on the F01/F02 7-Series, while the BMW-trademarked "kidney grill" is now so oversized it kind of looks like a pig's snout. As you might have already guessed by now, both features will start to appear on every modern BMW from now on, so the X1 is just one of many.
Getting to the side of the car, the front-mid mounting of the engine becomes obvious even for the casual observer, since the hood is so long compared to the rest of body that it would look more appropriate on a roadster than on a small crossover-SUV like this. Even so, the X1's proportions, as seen from the side, are dead on sporty and certainly don't make any bystander think they're looking at a family car.
In other words, quite a hefty part of the car's length is occupied by the hood, with the driver seating somewhere in the middle of the rather long wheelbase. The rear passengers and the luggage compartment have to do with much less than 50% of the car's total length.
The design of the rear is also in touch with the latest post-Bangle offerings from BMW, with a taillights cluster design in tone with the ones found on the latest generation 5-Series (in Sedan, Touring and Gran Turismo form) and 7-Series, although a bit more "rugged" looking.
All in all, especially with the Marrakesh Brown color and the silver plastic bits around the car, the X1 doesn't look half bad. Sure, the "kidney grill" is a bit exaggerated in size but the overall stance of the car and the "post-flame surfacing" sculpted details give it real character.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Color me disappointed. I don't know if you realize this, but pretty much every BMW you made me... ahem... test drive has been all wrong. Apart from that dreaded 120i Cabriolet, none of them had rear-wheel drive, all of them were diesels and all of them were... ahem... practical.
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