It’s been over a decade since BMW introduced the first X1 in 2009. Now in its third generation, the 2023 BMW X1 xDrive28i arrives with more size in all directions, a redesigned interior and exterior, and a reworked engine among other features.
Let’s take a look:
The compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) rides on a 22-mm longer wheelbase with wider tracks front and rear, allowing it to grow from its predecessor in length by 43 mm, width by 24 mm, and height by 44 mm. Added dimensions make room for a bolder exterior design with two tight kidney grilles up front and more eye-catching plastic cladding around the fender and wheel arches adding a rugged element. Headlights and taillights remain L-shaped but have been reconfigured slightly, while the long roofline with Satin Aluminum roof rails flows into a rear spoiler that hangs out over the glass. (Optional High-Gloss Black roof rails are available with the M Sport Package.)
Eighteen-inch alloy wheels come as standard, but upgrading to the xLine design or M Sport Package unlocks the optional 19-inch or 20-inch non run-flat tires. And BMW has added a good number of new exterior finish options like Blue Bay Lagoon, Cape York Green, Utah Orange, Space Silver, and BMW Individual Frozen Pure Grey.
Under the hood sits a revised 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine now using a Miller cycle and making 241 hp between 4,500-6,500 rpm and 295 lb-ft of torque between 1,500-4,000 rpm. This powerplant is capable of pushing power through the new 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which replaces the outgoing model’s 8-speed auto, to compel the X1 from 0-100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. All-wheel-drive now comes standard, with the front-wheel-drive model going the way of the dodo (at least for now).
And BMW hasn’t just improved the SAV’s straight-line movement either, but added components to the front and rear axle to up agility and dampening, and reduce body movement. They’ve also made the X1 available solely in AWD. Marking another first, Adaptive M Suspension (and the accompanying sport steering) is also now optionally available, adding mechanically controlled adjustable and frequency-selective damper, and lowering ride height by 15 mm.
Inside, there’s more interior space than ever, too, which provides a supremely comfortable ride when combined with the new standard seats or optional sport seats, both finished in perforated Sensatec and a variety of colours and contrast stitching.
Passengers may note a quieter cabin thanks to improved aerodynamics (0.27 coefficient of drag), or a more lively cabin if they’ve opted for the optional Harman Kardon 12-speaker sound system with tweeters embedded in the door trim.
The brand’s collection of modern tech is now packaged in iDrive 8, accessible via the BMW Curved Display and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, a camera- and radar-based system that features Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, and more. Other interior adjustments include slim air vents incorporated into the dash and a new toggle-style gear selector lever that sits next to flush buttons for Start-Stop, volume control, and My Modes button that accesses the various driving modes.
BMW’s Live Cockpit Plus also comes standard, offering BMW Maps, Bluetooth, four USB-C ports and a 12V power socket in the centre console and cargo area.
For more information on the 2023 BMW X1, including how to book a test drive in the GTA, contact Policaro BMW today.