We've probably said this in other test drives as well, but we have to mention it here as well. The xDrive system isn't exactly a life-saver if you're depending strictly on it on a snowy day. It is pro-active, it gives power to the right wheel exactly when needed, but on low traction surfaces you're still depending on what kind of tires you're having and if the electronic stability control system is on and working.
Speaking of active safety systems, our X1 was equipped with the usual standard found on most BMWs. The DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system takes care of more than you think, especially on slippery roads, while the DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), gives the right amount of traction whenever you're too optimistic about sending those 350 Nm (258.1 lb ft) of torque to the ground.
The CBC (Cornering Brake Control) is also there to protect you from an uncontrolled slide if you're braking like a maniac during a high speed curve. As far as the passive safety features, our X1 was equipped in standard with six airbags (two dual-stage ones in the front, two thorax airbags for the front passengers and two head airbags for the front and rear passengers).
So far, the X1 has only been tested by the EuroNCAP crash testing organization, and it passed it with flying colors. Although five stars are no longer something to go bragging about after being tested by the EuroNCAP, the X1 was also one of the few models which scored the highest points, so on the whole, the BMW X1 is a very safe car. Continue reading