2020 BMW X1 20d diesel facelift India review

Rodolfo Schellin

fiveth Mar 2020 1:07 pm

BMW’s smallest SUV gets BS6 engines among other tweaks for its 2020 iteration.

What is it?

The entry-stage luxury SUV phase is a single of the most essential segments in conditions of product sales for luxury carmakers in India. 2020 is because of to see a single of the largest rejigs in this phase with the start of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3. That can make this the perfect time for BMW to get a leap on its competitors and provide the up-to-date X1 SUV to India. So is this just a different quite commonly BMW-esque small update, or is it a thing considerably much more?

The 2020 X1 gets alternatively delicate design alterations.

What is new on the exterior?

Let’s commence with the evident – the alterations to the exterior. As seen on virtually each individual new BMW in current situations, the X1 way too now gets a larger kidney grille – a single-piece unit that delivers it in line with its greater brothers, like the X5, X6 and X7. That reported, when the larger SUVs do have a great deal of chrome on those huge grilles, the painted silver vertical slats on the X1’s grille really don’t seem as quality and do leave us wanting much more bling. Other alterations include a new front bumper with repositioned fog-lamps (now horizontal LED strips), and redesigned LED headlamps. Viewed in profile, the up-to-date X1 appears to be pretty considerably the very same as just before, albeit with a new established of seventeen-inch wheels on this sDrive20d xLine variant. Meanwhile, alterations around the rear are delicate with mildly up-to-date LED tail-lamps, a marginally up-to-date bumper and marginally larger exhaust tips.

BMW’s signature kidney grille has been scaled down for the new X1.

What is new on the within?

The alterations on the inside are delicate way too. The 8.8-inch touchscreen can take centre phase, but while the monitor is huge on paper, its placement can make it look smaller sized than it seriously is. The up-to-date system also gets a newer version of BMW’s i-Generate interface and when it performs well, a single should really be aware that it isn’t the most recent version you get on new-generation cars, like the Z4 and three Sequence, which is a indicator of the X1’s classic. Also, when the up-to-date X1 gets wi-fi Apple CarPlay, BMW, as anticipated, still does not offer Android Auto. Other alterations include a new equipment lever (which is nicely built) and configurable inside ambient lights. There is also a bit of distinction-coloured double-stitching on the dashboard that presents it a richer feel, but yet again, the X1’s age is commencing to display, with supplies that just really don’t feel pretty as abundant as in BMW’s newer cars.

Inside alterations are even much more delicate, nevertheless there is much more kit.

Thankfully, there has been no adjust to the X1 when it comes to the sheer amount of money of space that this SUV packs. The two the front and rear seats are still quite spacious and the panoramic glass roof indicates that the inside is generally well lit and feels airy. The ideal-in-class boot packs in an extraordinary five hundred litres of space, and due to the fact it has its very own committed recess below the boot flooring, the pesky space saver doesn’t take in into baggage space as seen in some other luxury cars. To wrap it all up, BMW has supplied two USB-C charging points for rear passengers, in tune with the situations but in scenario you really don’t have the proper adapter nonetheless, there is a regular USB port at the front.

What is it like to travel?

Although the alterations on the exterior and inside are obvious in some situations and delicate in other folks, the alterations below the bonnet are far much more far-reaching. The up-to-date X1, in each in its petrol and diesel guise, is now BS6 compliant. The product we have below is the two.-litre, four-cylinder diesel that can make 190hp and 400Nm of torque – figures that are unchanged from the BS4-spec product. The new engine meets BS6 emission norms by including in a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and selective catalyst reduction (SCR) that employs AdBlue emission reduction additive, which can be crammed through a port upcoming to the gas filler.


Although the figures advise no alterations, there most undoubtedly is a noticeable adjust in the way the engine sounds and drives. For starters, it is quieter in contrast to the more mature unit – each, when at idle, or when remaining pushed challenging – and refinement ranges in common are considerably improved. BMW’s new mapping has also designed the engine a great deal much more linear in conditions of electrical power supply and when that does make it simpler to travel, particularly in traffic, the normal punch that these engines have been so well-known for will now be missed. Nevertheless, if you do want that entertaining and the relentless turbo torque to shift your soul, you can generally toggle the travel manner into ‘Sport’ – shift the gearbox into ‘S’ or use the paddles to go by means of the 8-velocity gearbox. From our tests equipment, the new X1 was essentially more rapidly, accomplishing -100kph in seven.72sec from the more mature model’s 8.07sec, with an even increased gap in kickdown acceleration and it’s well worth noting that the BS4 car we examined had AWD, when this new BS6 car is a front-wheel travel. Speaking about all-wheel travel, BMW will not be giving that on the X1 any more, even on the major-spec M Sport trim stage.

The two.-litre diesel’s linear electrical power supply can make driving in traffic considerably simpler.

The BMW X1 facelift is also a bit much more relaxed. Now when that could possibly be attributed to the xLine’s 225/fifty five R17 tyres, there is most undoubtedly an additional suppleness that the German automaker has additional to the suspension set up. Bump absorption is improved than just before, and while there is still an underlying feeling of the normal BMW firmness, the X1 is now a great deal much more forgiving for bad roads when retaining large-velocity composure.

Really should you get a single?

With these updates, BMW appears to be to have aimed their entry-stage luxury SUV toward a much more various concentrate on viewers. Long gone are the days when a Bimmer would be rigid as nails and the epitome of driving pleasure. As a substitute, it really is replaced by products that are exceptionally well sorted all-rounders and the X1 is just that. It appears to be superior, even with that behemoth grille, has fantastic street manners, is well outfitted and spacious. The product we examined fees Rs 39.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and selling prices on the entire are about Rs 40,000-sixty,000 much more than the outgoing car, dependent on the variant. This is not bad at all, considering the updates and revised engines, and when there is no major-spec AWD product any more, there is now a new foundation SportX product that delivers the entry price down to Rs 35.90 lakh from the prior model’s Rs 38.thirty lakh. For much more on the selling prices of the SUV, head below.


Since there’s no hatchback on offer any more, and the two Sequence Gran Coupe not because of for start right up until afterwards in the yr, this up-to-date X1 can make for a powerful entry point to the BMW manufacturer. Moreover, the Volvo XC40 has been diminished to a single petrol variant, and as Audi and Mercedes-Benz have exhausted their stocks of the latest-generation Q3 and GLA, (and there’s a extended hold out just before the new types appear together) at the minute, BMW has this phase pretty considerably all to alone.

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