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2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Test Drive Review

With almost 62,000 units sold in the US to date, the BMW X1 has been quite popular among the company’s lineup of Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) thanks to its unique blend of performance, size, and versatility.

And for the 2016 model year, this compact SAV builds on its successes with an all-new second-generation X1.

Let’s take a closer look at the roomier, more efficient, and more powerful 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i.




2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Exterior

The exterior of the 2016 X1 is unmistakably BMW, with its signature upright kidney grille and athletically sculpted body. The front fascia beams with attitude due in part to its twin round headlight design and three-section lower air intake. Bumper-mounted fog lights finish out the characteristic “six-eyed” look, and standard LED daytime running lights emphasize the X1’s no-nonsense demeanor.

Dark-colored Y-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in standard all-season run-flat tires tuck in nicely beneath flared wheel arches, complementing the black border that runs along the bottom edge of the body. Elsewhere, matte chrome trim and satin aluminum roof rails provide a touch of class to one of 11 exterior paint colors.

Our test model came equipped with the Premium Package, adding power-folding side mirrors and LED cornering lights that illuminate whichever side you’re currently signaling or turning toward. The additional lighting during cornering is really helpful when you’re adventuring outside city limits.

The 2016 BMW X1 definitely turns heads with its dynamic lines and commanding presence. Its smaller dimensions paired with robust proportions are sure to be a favorite among families living in densely populated cities.



2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Interior

On the inside, the 2016 BMW X1 greets occupants with a roomy, streamlined, and timeless interior. Power front seats and a driver-focused cockpit means you’re always in control with the best possible view of important gauges, as well as the outside world.

Speaking of control, when you place your forearm on the center armrest, your fingertips land perfectly on the selector dial of the latest-generation iDrive system. All your entertainment and connectivity functions are just a press and a twist away. The system’s menu and pages are laid out very intuitively on a 6.5-inch or optional 8.8-inch monitor and contoured shortcut buttons above the selector dial take you directly to navigation, radio, telephone, media, and the main menu.

Rear passengers are treated to best-in-class headroom as well as an additional 1.5 inches of legroom compared to the outgoing model. Optional rear seats that slide and recline add up to 1.1 inches of extra legroom from the standard specification.

Our X1 test model was outfitted with an optional panoramic moonroof — a definite crowd favorite — along with ambient lighting, heated front seats, and a standard power tailgate.

With such a spacious and elegant interior, you’ll never dread a long distance trip again. In fact, you might find yourself taking the longer route more often.



2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Performance

Although the X1 is labeled as a compact Sports Activity Vehicle, it handles more like a sports car. Speed-sensitive steering assistance and a redesigned chassis help the X1 maintain neutral and nimble driving dynamics, providing both novice and experienced drivers a confident and safe ride.

A 228-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rockets the X1 to 60 mph in a mere 6.3 seconds, and also delivers an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway**. Talk about being versatile. On the open highway, the X1 can easily travel over 400 miles before needing a gas station.

Whether you’re traversing rough terrain or going hard into a corner, the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system is always looking out for you, distributing power between the front and rear axles for the best outcome and performance. Together with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), xDrive can preemptively counter any tendencies for oversteer or understeer.

The X1 also features three drive modes: Comfort, Sport, and Eco Pro. Each mode appropriately adjusts the behavior of the accelerator pedal, steering, and transmission to deliver an even sportier experience, or more comfort and fuel efficiency.

You can throw labels at the 2016 BMW X1 all day, but at its core is an ultimate driving machine.



2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Safety

A multitude of advanced safety features come standard on the 2016 BMW X1, including a front and rear head protection system, side-impact airbags, programmable LED daytime running lights, and an impact sensor that disengages the fuel pump, automatically unlocks doors, and turns on hazard and interior lights.

The optional Driver Assistance Package adds a rear view camera, Park Distance Control, and the ability for the car to semi-autonomously maneuver itself into a parallel parking space.

Driver Assistance Plus takes things one step further by using cameras and sensors to prevent and, if needed, respond to unwanted scenarios like accidental lane departure or a collision with other cars, buildings, or pedestrians.

And for peace of mind, the standard BMW Assist eCall provides an SOS button and automatic collision notification.



2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Overall

The 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i is the ultimate city-fighter, offering a spacious and comfortable interior paired with competent performance to get any family through the daily challenges of driving.

Its compact nature, sporty stance, and versatility make it the perfect vehicle for everything from rush-hour traffic to an off-road adventure.

MSRP for the 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i starts at $34,800*, and our test model came well-equipped at $42,595*.

Sample the elegance and performance of the 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i at your local AutoNation BMW dealership.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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