2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i review notes, specs, photos, pricing — Autoweek

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2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i review

The 2014 BMW X1 XDrive35i starts at a price of $39,525. Photo by

Under the hood, the 2014 BMW X1 packs a 3.0-liter DOHC I6 engine. Photo by BMW.

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WES RAYNAL: The 2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i is a tall 1-series. I don’t if that’s BMW’s intent, but you go. I felt like I was sitting a wee bit than in, say, a 3-series. but the position felt way closer to a car an SUV, even a small

According to the BMW site, the X1 is a half-foot and almost 5 inches lower an X3. I didn’t feel like it was inside, though. I had plenty of I was a little surprised at the hollowness of of the materials inside — not up to standards.

It drives nicely, as one from 3-series. To me, the steering precise and weighting was spot on. brakes, too. The turbo is buttery smooth and has plenty of I felt little difference this and the typical BMW sedan.

All of course, has the caveat that like steering, brakes, and ride are hard to evaluate in weather. For example, I’ve long and loud about runflats, but on snow-covered, pockmarked I can’t tell if there’s improvement. It goes like the in the snow, I can say that.

I won’t about the price, except to say for kind of scratch, I want seats and satellite radio.

with the 18-inch tires, the BMW X1 xDrive35i pushed right on the ice and snow.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR LINGEMAN: I drove the 2014 BMW X1 over the weekend before but I wanted to react to his thoughts on the starting with the heated — as in, the lack of. Yes, an BMW, regardless of price, have heated seats. I see an M3 or M4 not having them, when is the most important factor. But is an all-wheel drive, mini built to tackle winter: seats should be standard.

This car was great over the snowing weekend, even those wide, 18-inch The all-wheel drive system perfectly and imperceptibly, except for you turn the traction control Then it gets fun. The wheels seem to give up then if you jab the throttle, the back end straighten out. On my way to work on a person in a van was stuck in deep ice in the the man trying to help her waved me off as if to “it’s too deep, turn I rumbled right by, barely down.

The best thing all-wheel drive in the winter is the ability. We all have the same all-wheel drive or two, but out in front of traffic with a jump is the key to getting around in this weather.

I may be in the minority but I like the size of this It’ll fit four, five if you squeeze, with a little left over in the back for With the seats folded I’m sure it would fit a cabinet TV.

Mileage, well, was around 20 mpg for me, but most of my driving was snow on side streets. it was a little disappointing. I’d bet it do better in the summer or on a road

I suppose the Audi Q5 is a competitor to the X1, it’s a little bigger and a more expensive. It also standard with all-wheel Actually, the new Q3 will probably be in competition with this, that hasn’t landed in showrooms yet. I’d like to drive the four-cylinder X1, to see how it feel compared to the I6. It costs $7,000 less, which is a good discount.

While the 2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i is no it certainly handles like

EDITORIAL INTERN BRAD My time spent cruising in a 2003 BMW 325i holds a place in my heart. I even my driving test in it. For that I enjoyed the 2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i.

Now is no sedan, but it still has that and the typical road-gripping stance. I can get the lack of heated seats, as previously mentioned, it does a bit odd to drive a BMW without them.

And it brought out a chuckle when I saw the of the traditional radio stuck in the Some might not enjoy old relic, but it has a simple user and the overall sound quality is than enjoyable. Why reinvent the right?

Driving through the roads was no challenge for the AWD system; hard accelerations only for a small amount of slip correcting and pulling back the path of travel. Let’s not the brakes; as much as I love a to haul, I equally enjoy it said vehicle stops. wet to dry and back again, the X1 had the proper to get the job done. On a perfectly dry section of the X1 could throw you through the with an aggressive application of the pedal.

The interior of the BMW was as typical as the airscrew embossed on the hood. It was too spectacular, but the overall quality was on A rather precarious thing stuck out to me was the removable cupholder. I the option to have it, but stowing the massive attachment is for the birds. I the storable holders in the 2006 BMW you could have them you wanted, and push them when you didn’t.

The straight-six makes all the difference in the BMW X1 xDrive35i.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR KOZAK: What a difference an makes. The previous X1 we tested an xDrive28i with the four-cylinder — was frustrating, largely of its lack of features, disappointing quality and annoyingly high tag. As we all noted at the time, the of a solid car were there; the chassis and responsive steering tough to ignore.

But the X1 lacked big, something hard to — something that let us buy into the idea that it was a luxury performance vehicle its sticker price.

Well, the is marginally better here. seats are an improvement, even if not heated. There’s still no unit, and the decade-old radio takes its place in the central is outmatched by nearly anything as an option in an entry-level subcompact. entry? Keyless ignition? even think about it.

hard to complain about stuff without sounding a privileged brat, but even the Corolla test car we had in here not too ago — which cost half as much as this X1 had a keyless push-button starter. We need to stop cutting premium automakers like BMW any here.

But this X1 benefits from the 3.0-liter turbo I6. not just a matter of a 60-hp, 40 boost in output. It’s the eager exhaust note; the sense of having more-than-adequate available at a moment’s notice, for smooth delivery when you tap the with no wheezing or straining to You actually want to push the and even in the snow, you feel doing so.


The powertrain, at least, actually luxurious. And the body style a kind of jacked-up wagon actually seems useful, to the young, active and attractive that BMW probably thinks the money to buy these sorts of

Still, the entire package hard to justify at $42,000. BMW be building and pricing them way if they didn’t think could sell them, but disappointing that we’re to fork over such a pile of cash for a great wrapped in a decent ride.

that’s just the way things are I can’t say that I’m about it.

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The 2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i marvelously even on the most riddled streets of suburban

ROAD TEST EDITOR WONG: As car writers, we are often by test vehicles that are totally optioned out. of the time the options lists on are giant, and then many grumble about how outrageous an price is with what can be a Toyota Yaris ‘ of extras. It’s the opposite this particular 2014 BMW X1 that is more or less by Bimmer standards. No heated no central infotainment screen an iDrive controller on the center no satellite radio and no backup or parking sensors. Instead is a storage compartment where the screen would normally be and we the basic BMW radio unit its amber texts. Oh, and there are seat adjustments, too.

is correct in pointing out that that are priced substantially have niceties that you would expect in a vehicle luxury automaker. Our long-term Kia Rio SX a couple of years back is a example. It had a crystal-clear backup that remains one of the best I’ve ever seen. It had navigation, satellite radio and seats. So, sure, it’s of a disappointment that there a few more features on this X1. I can that.

However, if you can get past the spartan list and consider the basic of this X1, things start a little more sense. For me, Graham, it begins with the inline six-cylinder engine. a marvelous engine that is responsive and powerful. Peak of 300 lb-ft is available from rpm to 5,000 rpm. There’s no lag to speak of, and the darn thing hard all the way up to redline. It’s a spectacular piece of engineering bolted to a very good automatic gearbox that about its business quick and

The chassis setup is typical BMW and is on the stiffer side, which ideal for rapidly declining conditions here in Michigan. winter has brought us even frost heaves, and some of the I’ve seen lately easily swallow a Scion iQ Throw in the runflat tires, and you a ride around town a little rough. There’s some compliance in the suspension to some of the blow from though.

When I did find on a road that wasn’t too bad of the X1 xDrive35i was good. It responds to tossed around with and responsive steering. The suspension a surefooted feel around and the brakes are nice and strong grab available almost when you dab the left pedal.

The besides being sparse of was alright with materials look fine. Nothing overly cheap, but nothing top-shelf, either. Build is good with tight gaps, and the sport seats had support and were cushy

If I was going shopping for an X1, it would be the xDrive35i model (like our car) for the drivetrain. I probably throw on an option package or as well. Most likely the weather package to get heated seats and the driver assistance for a rearview camera. That be an additional $1,500. As for navigation, I my smartphone or I could pick up a for $100 and stash that in the box (right next to the cupholder for whenever I needed it.

2014 BMW X1

Base Price: $39,525

Price: $41,975

Drivetrain: turbocharged I6; AWD, six-speed

Output: 300 hp @ 5,800-6,000 rpm, 300 @ 1,300-5,000 rpm

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA 18/27/21 mpg

AW Observed Fuel 17.7 mpg

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