Long Term Updates
Date: May, 2016
This 2017 BMW X1 xDrive28i arrived in our long-term fleet 2-months ago, just as warmer weather was also arriving. So quickly, we shed its winter boots for these Bridgestone Potenzas. And since we wanted to get the full X1 experience; we chose to add just about every option package to our long-termer, far more than most buyers will select. And, we’re sure enjoying every one of them, especially the M Sport Package, but it did push this little ute’s price close to 50G’s.
The 2.0-liter I4 turbo has some serious guts, but sometimes is a little laggy in delivering them to you. Mileage is off to a good start at 27.7 miles-per-gallon of Premium. But summer drive time is just kicking in full, so stay tuned to see where the X1 takes us this year.
Date: June, 2017
Speaking of miles, our 2017 BMW X1 has seen 12,000 of them pass beneath its 19-inch alloys; working hard this summer, to help us avoid work. Log book comments include “lots of fun to drive” and “surprisingly useful interior.”
Two gripes so far: despite a very good 29.2 miles-per- gallon, some felt throttle response from the 2.0-liter turbo and 8-speed auto laggy; and after spending a sun-filled day in the saddle, one driver noted that even with the shade closed, the panoramic moon roof lets in too much heat.
Well-done domes aside, our first 5–months with the X1 have been as much fun as we hoped.
Long Term Updates
Date: November 2017
All the leaves may be brown, and the sky gray; but our 2017 Estoril Blue BMW X1 has helped stave off the Autumn blues.
Sharing a platform with Mini, means the X1 is one fun to drive small ute. And, have we ever been driving; tacking another 3,600–miles onto the odo this go-around.
Like the Mini Cooper, its handling prowess comes with a stiffer ride than most rivals. And, we do wish the front seat bottoms were bigger.
During our first 5-months, we’ve heard few complaints about the xDrive28i’s 228-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, which has returned a good 29.9 miles-per-gallon.
It won’t be long, and we’ll be seeing just how well the xDrive drives us through winter weather.
Engine: 2.0L Turbo I4
Horsepower/Torque: 228/258 lb-ft.
Price as Tested: $49,495