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Michael

BMW X1 M Sport 18d X-drive

When I got to the dealership to drop my car in for a service it was freezing cold. Knowing I had a further 30 minutes commute yesterday morning I asked them to give me something with heated seats, I got an X1.

First off it doesn't look that bad in sporty spec and the ridiculous 19 inch wheels certainly help. Shame it's white but what isn't these days?

It's no surprise you feel like you're sat on rather than in this car but the driving position is spot in otherwise. Interior is again okay, some of the lower plastics are a bit average, and the lidded glovebox on top of the dash is very cheap, but this isn't a bad place to be and for urban driving the moderate height increase is welcome.

To drive though, those wheels are way too big. When they drop into a pothole you know about it. It's a bit fidgety, too. Otherwise it steers well and roll is well contained. There are no problems with traction given the wealth of rubber, permanent four wheel drive and moderate power. One with that was a bit weird, and I can't say Iv'e noticed on an x-drive car before, is the shift in power to the different axles was very noticeable producing an annoying amount of driveline shunt particularly if it was booted out of corners.

I can see whey people would buy these even if it wouldn't be my first choice.

When I got back to the car imagine my surprise as somebody else had parked their lesser X1 right behind - behold the beauty:

Racing Teatray

My best man rented an X1 18d whilst over in Italy for our wedding the other w/end and he and his wife complained that it was utterly gutless. To be fair, he drives an A6 Allroad 3.0TDi and his wife has an A3 2.0T quattro, but they clearly weren't fans.
Mark

Those wheels are lovely.
Twelfth Monkey

It's a proper muttley!
PhilD

Re: BMW X1 M Sport 18d X-drive

michael wrote:


When I got back to the car imagine my surprise as somebody else had parked their lesser X1 right behind



I think the lesser looks better!
PG

Re: BMW X1 M Sport 18d X-drive

PhilD wrote:
michael wrote:


When I got back to the car imagine my surprise as somebody else had parked their lesser X1 right behind



I think the lesser looks better!


+1

It also looks about half as tall and half the size. Has the new X1 really grown that much?
Michael

It's lesser by virtue of it being an SE, not M Sport. It's actually a newer car given it's a 64 plate. Exactly the same size as the one I had but I suppose the painted plastic cladding on the M Sport increased the visual bulk.
PhilD

Dr. Hfuhruhurr



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFTgkibl7DU
Nice Guy Eddie

My missus rather likes these, I really do not therefore trying to talk her into an A3 or CX-5 when change time comes.
Andy C

Hateful things . Urgh
Martin

One of my team looked at leasing one, as she's going to have to hand her (118d) company car back.  She wasn't impressed, preferring the ix35 she drove straight afterwards.  It does look better in M Sport trims (as all BMWs do!), but it's still a munter, especially in white.

Those wheels would look better on a 3 Series Coupe, Mark!
Michael

Whilst I was in the dealership I found myself talking about 5 Tourings. We were discussing the finance offer printed on the bonnet of a 5 series that I assumed was a 520d. I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was a 535d.
Martin

michael wrote:
Whilst I was in the dealership I found myself talking about 5 Tourings. We were discussing the finance offer printed on the bonnet of a 5 series that I assumed was a 520d. I was pleasantly surprised to learn it was a 535d.


Was it a reasonable deposit and mileage limit?
Michael

to my untrained eye the deposit looked fine but the mileage limit was too low. They're doing some figures...
Martin

michael wrote:
to my untrained eye the deposit looked fine but the mileage limit was too low. They're doing some figures...


Excellent! You get a much bigger discount on the 6 cylinder cars which closes the gap.  The monthly payments do start to ramp up when you increase the mileage, but at least you won't need 30k pa!
Roadsterstu

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
My missus rather likes these, I really do not therefore trying to talk her into an A3 or CX-5 when change time comes.


I dislike them very much indeed. Personally I find the driving position weird, the interior average and they just feel heavy and huge when in fact they are neither.

Ugh.
gooner

michael wrote:
to my untrained eye the deposit looked fine but the mileage limit was too low. They're doing some figures...


Sounds rather ominous Michael...
Frank Bullitt

There's no getting away from it, that is one ugly munter of a vehicle, either with the nasty bodykit or not.
Roadrunner

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFTgkibl7DU


One of my all-time favourite comedy moments.

Oh, and the X1 is shit and Michael should get a 535d.

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