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BMW X1 [F48] (2015 - 2019)

The independent definitive BMW X1 [F48] (2015-2019) video review
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    ONE FOR THE ROAD - & THE MUD (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Introductionword count: 95

    In 2015, this MK2 'F48'-series X1 model aimed to capitalise on the compact SUV sector's popularity, providing potential Qashqai-class buyers with a premium-badged option that was a far more credible choice than its curious rear-driven 'E84' series predecessor. BMW created that original X1 from various bits borrowed from the rest of its product line-up, but this second generation version was freshly designed from the ground up with much more space, sophisticated underpinnings and a hi-tech engine range. It proved to be a strong contender. Here, we evaluate the original 2015-2018-era version of this 'F84'-series X1.

    Modelsword count: 13

    5dr SUV (sDrive16d / sDrive18i / sDrive18d / xDrive18d / xDrive20i / xdrive20d)

    Historyword count: 106

    BMW's original 'E84'-series X1 sold well because it was one of the first compact SUVs with a premium badge, but by 2015, rivals had piled into this lucrative segment and something much more sophisticated was required. This 'F48'-series design was that car. It used the hi-tech UKL chassis the Munich maker had created for its 2 Series five-door models and the third generation MINI Hatch, this platform providing the perfect platform for a considerably more sophisticated X1. This car was smarter and more efficient, plus it got better driving dynamics and much higher build quality. Here, we look at the original 2015-2018-era versions of this model.

    What You Getword count: 286

    This 'F48'-series design was a much bolder and more confident X1, with a street presence vastly different to the rather apologetic look of its first generation predecessor. Large air intakes and a strong 'X' accent to the front bumper added to the more purposeful look, as did the contoured aluminium bonnet that flows into enlarged and more prominent kidney grilles. They're flanked by angular headlamps that can feature all-LED technology, these sitting above round foglamps sited independently in the front bumper. And inside? Well if you come to the car having been familiar with its first generation predecessor, then one of the first things you'll notice is the way that you're seated 30mm higher in this MK2 model, creating a much more SUV-like feeling of roadway command. Look around and the high quality layered fascia is much as it is in the other BMW that shares this one's MINI-derived underpinnings, the 2 Series Active Tourer. It curves around the cabin in a symmetrical wave garnished with textured aluminium, satin chrome inlays and carefully-chosen splashes of bright work. In the back, you really notice the benefit of this MK2 model's extra 90mm of wheelbase length - and the way that the seats are positioned 64mm higher up to give you a better view forward. The designers claim that there's an extra 37mm more knee room in this second generation car, a figure you can extend to a limousine-like 66mm if you get a car whose original owner paid extra for the sliding rear bench which offers 130mm of back-and-forth adjustment. And out back? Well once the powered hatch rises, you're provided with a class-leading 508-litre space, which means there's 85-litres more than the previous model could offer.

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