2015 BMW X1 | new car review

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by
2015 BMW X1
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AEDAED 160,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

A hatchback on steroids? Or a Sports Utility Vehicle with not a lot of Utility? All we know is, the 2015 X1 is a Compact Premium SUV that is smaller and slightly more affordable than the X3.


Interior design is up to set standards.


Exterior styling isn't everyone's cup of tea.


I understand the X1 is the cheapest offering in BMW’s SUV range, but what I don’t understand is what the designers were thinking when they got around to designing the German SUV. Up front, with distinctively recognisable headlights and fog lamps placed millimetres below them, an upturned chin, and a broad kidney grille, it looks passable. The mediocrity continues on the side with an ascending line that begins at the front fender and fades as it nears the end of the rear door. But the rear? There’s no way it’d pass off as even satisfactory… not with those lights at least!

2015 BMW X1 front


Thankfully, the interior is closer to familiar territory we’ve come to associate with BMW. A combination of wood trim, plastic, leather, and other soft touch materials come together to create an uncluttered and smart dashboard. With reasonably comfortable seats in the front and rear, and decent headroom to go with,  seating up to 4 people is an easy task.

2015 BMW X1 interior


Left the office and haven’t got internet on your phone? Well, with unlimited access to the World Wide Web from the driver’s seat and everywhere else, that’s a dilemma of the past. The 2015 BMW X1 offers the opportunity to surf the web on the Control Display and use the iDrive Controller as an ideal alternative to a computer mouse and all its functions.

2015 BMW X1 side

What’s on offer?

BMW has put a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder unit into the X1. It may not sound like a lot, but it’s enough to generate 150 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque. Mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission, the X1 channels power to the rear wheels and charges to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds.

2015 BMW X1 side

Summing it…

Far from stunning on the exterior, but typical BMW on the interior. The 2015 BMW X1 is definitely more of a city runabout than a SUV you’d want to venture off the beaten path with.

2015 BMW X1 rear


Specifications2015 BMW X1 sDrive 18i2015 BMW X1 sDrive 20i2015 BMW X1 xDrive 28i
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre 4 cyl2.0 litre Twin turbo 4 cyl2.0 litre Twin turbo 4 cyl
Max Power
150 hp @ 6,400 RPM184 hp @ 6,250 RPM245 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Max Torque
200 Nm @ 3,600 RPM270 Nm @ 4,500 RPM350 Nm @ 4,800 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h10.4 secs7.5 secs6.4 secs
Top speed200 km/h205 km/h205 km/h
PriceAED 160,000AED 180,000AED 205,000

2 Responses to 2015 BMW X1 | new car review

  1. Zaran Tarapore

    Zaran Tarapore Reply

    January 27, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Hi Salim,

    If you convert the stated price into US Dollars, you’re looking at approximately $43,560.



  2. salim Reply

    January 26, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    How mony this car in dolar thanks

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