The BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) spurs spontaneity through the possibilities provided by its offerings in one dynamic package that combines functionality and style.
There are times when gentle reminiscing ripples of a scenic drive up to Cameron Highlands can quickly turn into a tidal wave of unconscious emotions that impels a revisit.
While the BMW X1 makes for a perfect companion in such a situation, sharing the experience with friends or family can also be equally, if not, more rewarding.
Thanks to its stylish new design elements, there’s now a fresher and more contemporary physical appeal.
The front apron features redesigned air inlets and body contour lines as a tribute to the design elements of the larger BMW X models.
Ideally sized for the urbanite, the compact BMW X1 has been packaged with a fuel-efficient engine that’s more than capable of providing a dynamic drive.
Together with the Auto Start / Stop function as standard, the eight-speed automatic transmission mated to both efficient 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines are able to provide for an accelerative performance.
This is demonstrated by the rear-wheel driven petrol-powered BMW X1 sDrive20i reaching 100kph from standstill in just 7.7sec and 8.0sec for the diesel-powered all-wheel-drive BMW X1 xDrive20d, before reaching their top speed of 205kph.
The marriage between transmission and engine for the BMW X1 clearly helps provide the urbanite with an exhilarating drive yet able to be frugal with its consumption at 6.7L (petrol) / 5.4L (diesel) per 100km on the combined cycle.
For those who enjoy the occasional indulgence of the great outdoors, the all-wheel-driven BMW X1 xDrive20d would be the necessity with 184hp and 380Nm of torque (petrol variant - 184hp and 270Nm) from its 2.0L common-rail direct injection BMW Advanced Diesel engine.
The BMW X1 xDrive20d would not only prove to be a long-distance runner with its frugal engine, but also its capability with its all-wheel-drive system, raised seat height and more ground clearance that would be ideal when tackling most rugged terrains.
On tarmac, the BMW X1 is in its element with the BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system continuously looking to maintain optimum traction between the front and rear wheels and further enhancing agility and cornering grip for that spirited drive.
While the BMW X1 has the ability to take on roads less travelled, part of the BMW X1’s characteristic styling-DNA is its elegant stance that commands admiration, while exuding modern-day styling that’s perfect for that formal occasion.
Within the cabin, the redesigned driver-centric centre console with a new sports steering wheel librates more room for the front-passenger to manoeuvre, allowing for a more comfortable enjoyment of the sophisticated yet sporty premium ambience.
Visibility from within sets the BMW X1 apart with its elevated seating position, that’s between a regular sedan and an SUV, providing that ability to peer past the long sleek hood to the road ahead.
With the BMW X1’s luggage capacity at 420 litres, folding the rear seat’s backrests down expands it to 1,350 litres - much to the rejoice of sports enthusiasts and campers who will also enjoy the generous side pockets on the inside of the doors.
Even with a compact design, the BMW X1 has made available ample legroom for passengers in order to ensure that comfort is derived from every drive.
The BMW X1 sDrive20i is priced on-the-road without insurance at RM238,800 while the BMW X1 xDrive20d costs RM30,000 more at RM268,800.
As standard, the BMW X1 comes complimentary with the BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI) – allowing owners to forget about the cost of maintaining, servicing or repairing any wear-and-tear for three years or up to 60,000km (whichever comes first).
Seen as one of the most desirable SAV today, the BMW X1 is available for viewing and/or test-drives at all BMW Authorised Dealers or for more information, log on to www.bmw.com.my or call BMW Voice at 1 800 88 3000.
With dynamism, sophistication and performance, the BMW X1 brings a keen sense of spontaneity to the table - now take a seat and let the adventures begin.