Like its larger siblings the X3 and X5, the 2016 BMW X1 adeptly blends the versatility and higher ride height of an SUV with the fun driving dynamics of a BMW sports sedan. Now in its second generation, this all-new model loses some verve but is roomier inside, beefier outside and offers advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking.
You'll Like The 2016 BMW X1 If...
If you want a small, 2-row luxury SUV that offers zippy road manners, commendable cargo room and good fuel economy, the fully revamped BMW X1 checks all the right boxes. This 2nd-gen model also boasts a more rugged appearance than the previous model.
You May Not Like The 2016 BMW X1 If...
With rear-wheel-drive and 6-cylinder variants gone, the 2016 BMW X1's powertrain is now less powerful and one-size-fits-all: a 228-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder and all-wheel drive. And while $36,000 isn't much by BMW standards, the X1 has a higher starting price than its rivals.
An interesting detail would be the sunroof how its very long.
This car drives smooth, and is quiet. It is not very loud at all, which I like very much so. This car seems very reliable. No automatic start. The seats are nice and comfortable and it has nice seat warming seats. The back opens up automatically. The car has a decent sound system, but it could be much better. I like the rims, they are very nice. I wish there was more room in this car. If you are a very tall person this car is probably not the car for you. My knee sometimes rests against the gear shift. Also there is no touch screen on this it makes it seem much older than it actually is due to not having a touch screen. The back seats are nice and somewhat roomy, but could definitely use more room. The car also has a nice sleek look. The tires are very slim and pretty along with the rims. The acceleration on the vehicle is nice but could also be better. I really like the style of the sun roof. It is long and also has some type of netting and I guess that is so bugs will not be able to get in while. The brand gets people's attention and they also ask what type of BMW that is. Overall I am pleased with this car.
It is very dependable and handles well in snow and slippery roads.
My car handles well in all types of weather. It is very dependable and has a great 3 year 50, 000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. To Dayton I haven't had any problems with it. I have only had to take it in for routine maintenance. It is a very fun zippy car to drive which I love. The only thing it does not have that I wish it did is a digital speedometer. This makes it easier to know exactly how fast I am going which is important because I tend to end up going very fast on the highway and not realize I am doing it.
Why I love my x1 black BMW.
I love my car. It is the perfect size. The trunk is big. I love that I can put it in sport mode. I absolutely love the moon roof. It has heated seats and heated steering wheel as well. It has a roadside help button. It look sporty but also classy. The seats are comfortable and the remote start is great.
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Air Bags > Passenger Side Frontal
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2016-2017 X1 xDrive28i and X1 sDrive28i vehicles. The affected vehicles have an instrument panel that may not allow the front passenger air bag to deploy properly in the event of a crash.
In the event of a crash, if the front passenger air bag does not deploy properly, it can increase the risk of injury.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the instrument panel, free of charge. The recall began May 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Steering > Gear Box (Other Than Rack And Pinion)
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling one model year 2016 MINI Cooper Hardtop 2 Door vehicle manufactured November 24, 2015, and one BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) manufactured October, 19 2015. The steering gearbox may have been manufactured with incorrect parts.
A gearbox malfunction may cause a loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.
BMW will replace the steering gearbox, free of charge. Affected vehicles are located in dealer inventory and will be remedied before customer retail. The recall began on December 28, 2015. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
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