Daily Driver: 2016 BMW X1

  • Engine
    Turbocharged 2.0L I4
  • Power
    228 HP / 258 LB-FT
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • 0-60 Time
    6.3 Seconds
  • Top Speed
    130 MPH
  • Drivetrain
    All-Wheel Drive
  • Engine Placement
  • Curb Weight
    3,660 LBS
  • Seating
    2 + 3
  • MPG
    22 City / 32 HWY
  • Base Price
Daily Driver videos are micro-reviews of vehicles in the Autoblog press fleet, reviewed by the staffers that drive them every day. Today's Daily Driver features the 2016 BMW X1, reviewed by Alex Kierstein.

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[00:00:00 ]Hey, everybody. I'm Senior Editor Alex Kierstein and today we're driving the 2016 BMW X1. It's replacing the old X1 and the old X1 was based on BMW's traditional rear-wheel drive platform. That meant the engine was positioned longitudinally, that's north/south in the engine bay. In this application, we've got a transversely mounted turbo charged inline four, making 228 horsepower.

[00:00:30] It displaces 2.0 liters and it's part of BMW's new modular engine family. It's a nice engine. It's smooth. It sounds good and it's got a lot of power. This is a little lighter than the previous car. This one weighs 3,660 pounds versus the old X1's 3800 and some change. It's a little bit lighter. The dimensions aren't that much different. If you're wondering why it got smaller, that's because it's using a platform [00:01:00] shared with a lot of BMW's Mini products. This is really the fruition of BMW's investment in the Mini brand because now they're able to use those platforms in the engines they developed for those models in BMWs.

This X1 has an 8-speed automatic transmission and it's really a pretty good trans. It kicks down quickly if you call for it to give you some power and for the most part it's smooth and kind of out of your way. [00:01:30] Where Minis are sort of raucous when you really whomp in it, this is a little more restrained. It still delivers power like many of the current turbocharged Minis out there, but there's more refinement here. I really like the external styling on this car. It's wearing this really lovely shade of dark blue and BMW's current styling language lends itself really well to this shape [00:02:00]. It looks really tidy and it's not really that complex or interesting of a shape. It's very much the traditional two-box CUV kind of exterior look and profile, but the detailing is nice. It looks sharp. It looks like a premium product and it looks like a more expensive product than a similar Mini would. BMW used to pride themselves on having simple uncluttered interfaces and even the sort of trimmed down iDrive that's in this unit [00:02:30]. Works pretty well.

I'll admit, I was a little bit skeptical about driving a BMW based on a Mini, which is basically what this is. After driving this for a few days, I have to say I'm sold. I think this is a suitable replacement for the old car and I think it's going to make a lot of people happy. It feels very premium. It drives really well. It looks really good. It's got good interior space and it's relatively efficient. [00:03:00]. In this class, the luxury small SUV, that's sort of the total package. Hope you've enjoyed our quick look at the BMW X1. For Autoblog, I'm Alex Kierstein. [00:03:12].

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