I replaced my 325 ixt wagon with a new X1. The cars have allot in common and it feels familiar from the first drive. The hardest thing to get used to is the engine shutoff feature when you come to a s...
I replaced my 325 ixt wagon with a new X1. The cars have allot in common and it feels familiar from the first drive. The hardest thing to get used to is the engine shutoff feature when you come to a stop. It is unnerving, annoying and you must remember to defeat it at startup by pressing a button as the shutdown feature is the default setting. My dealer just told me that there is a way for the service department to re-program the car to permanently disable this and I plan on doing that soon.
The additional ride height is welcome as a daily driver is exposed to high curbs, parking stops and entrance aprons that can bottom out most performance cars, yet it does not seem to affect the handling as the X1 is still much lower with a fairly low CG compared to the larger SUV's. The X1 is still fun to drive, can accelerate surprisingly quickly and can be tossed into corners and keep it's composure. The seating position has more room than the older 3 series and lots of legroom.
My criticisms are minor. I miss the separately opening window in the tailgate that the wagon has. I also would like the rear compartment to extend back a few more inches, after all this is not a car that will be used for heavy off-road use so exit angle for rough terrain is not really a consideration, so there is no need to chop the back so short. Also, the roof rails are the new aero styled type that renders all of my Yakima products obsolete, so it will require buying all new attachments and crossbars for the new style.
Overall, the X1 is a great all around, versatile daily driver. For the BMW purists, you will miss the sound and smoothness of the traditional inline six, but the twin turboed 4 works great, just a little raspier, and the 8 speed autobox is really surprisingly versatile from just cruising to spirited driving, the transmission reads your mind.