From the first moment the BMW X1 entered my line of vision I immediately knew I was going to enjoy driving it. I mean, what's not to like about it? The "Marrakesh Brown" color is simply stunning and, along with the LED taillights, it was probably the first thing about the car to fall in love with.
It's neither a gigantic gas-guzzling SUV, nor a compact hatchback - though the overall size would lead you to believe that at first. This can only mean two things. First of all, it's high enough to offer a commanding driving position, from where you can see very well in the distance and be all snobbish about it. Second of all, you can park in a number of tighter spaces, where a regular medium-SUV wouldn't fit.
But enough about its size and exterior looks, since the interior is where you spend most of your time. Well, as it turns out the X1 we drove had one of the nicest interiors BMW could build. I'm saying this because, based on my previous experience with BMWs, I was completely convinced of the fact that they can't make an interior other than black or grey.
So after being pleasantly surprised by the original color and exterior design, my lady senses were treated by a small but very sorted out interior when it comes to design and materials. Apart from the light-colored leather and the classy wood inserts in the dashboard, what really got my undivided attention was the extremely large glass sunroof, which can almost make you feel like you're in a convertible.
At first I was a little bit unsettled by the vibrations generated by the feisty little engine all over the cockpit, but then I began to like this "pseudo-massage" function, especially in the steering wheel. On the whole, despite the high levels of engine noise, I had quite an enjoyable ride in the BMW X1 and I would buy it without even looking at the price tag.