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14 February 2013

Refreshed BMW X1 arrives

BMW updates the X1 with a tweaked engine, improved quality and subtle styling changes

Ashish Masih
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BMW has just updated the very car that helped it become the number one luxury car brand in India, the X1. The company has done away with the petrol engine and the new X1 will only come with the 2-litre diesel, which makes 181bhp. The single biggest change though is the arrival of the 8-speed automatic gearbox, which replaces the six-speed unit that was available on the old car. Prices start at Rs 27.90 lakh for the base version while the SportLine and xLine versions cost an identical Rs 32.50 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).

During our brief drive over the specially built off-road track, we also noticed that ride quality has improved a lot

All versions come with climate control, multiple airbags and an MP3 stereo. The other two versions get different alloys, side skirts, different slats in the grille, leather seats and controls on the steering wheel among other things. The xLine gets matt wood finish inserts on the dashboard to differentiate it from the other two versions.

One of the biggest customer grievances from the last car - interior quality - has been addressed. The new car gets classy aluminium inserts in an all-black cabin which looks extremely classy and much better than the low-rent interiors of the last car.

During our brief drive over the specially built off-road track, we also noticed that ride quality has improved a lot. There is no firmness in the ride even over patchy surfaces. However, the X1 still can't hold a candle to the Audi Q3 in the rear legroom department.

Overall, a much improved car over the last one but we still can't figure out why BMW has left out the easy-on-the wallet petrol version. What do you think?

Tags: bmw, x1

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