The X1 isn’t your typical slick, sleek BMW that oozes luxurious style. From the outside it’s a little boxier than usual and as it’s known as the more responsible, practical family member of BMW’s X clan, the exterior reflects that. Not that I mind. If you’re choosing cars based on sophisticated looks you might go for the Mercedes but this car looks like it has some rough-ready driving to it. Always a good thing, depending on what you’re after.
Inside is fairly similar, with the practicality coming through in the pebble-finish leather seats which will wear a lot better than smooth leather. There are high gloss accents along the centre console to bring in the premium factor, and it’s all nicely designed with a scooped centre along where the cupholders sit.
There is a leather steering wheel that feels good under the hands, and this car had the panoramic sunroof optioned in (an extra $1890) that extends all the way to the back and makes it feel like there is almost a complete glass roof above, tinted though, so it’s not like the sun is shining down on you. Just lovely light.
This model also had the M Sport package fitted (extra $2400) which includes a high gloss Shadow Line, roofliner and roofrails amongst other things, and then it’s an extra $750 for the Sport seats in the front which do make for a very comfortable drive.