Autoweek drives the 2010 BMW X1

3-Series | November 16th, 2009 by 6
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Just a few weeks ago, the new entry level Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW, X1, made its debut in Europe. Those of us that live …

Just a few weeks ago, the new entry level Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW, X1, made its debut in Europe. Those of us that live in the U.S. would have to wait until 2011 to see the X1. Automobile magazine Autoweek shares with us their impression of this car that BMW has high hopes for.

“BMW has been spectacular in its reinvention during the past decade. It moved away from traditional volume-selling models, often becoming the first European luxury-car maker to enter important new market niches–much to the chagrin of Audi and Mercedes-Benz, which have attempted to follow its lead.

But if you thought BMW had every luxury niche covered, think again. With the arrival of the X1, it has become the first European luxury-car maker to make a compact SUV, setting up a likely sales battle against class favorites such as the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V and, from the Europe perspective, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Ford Kuga.

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Slotting beneath the X3–which will grow in size, performance, features and price when a U.S.-built, second-generation model arrives next year–the X1 represents another part of BMW’s plan to achieve more than 2 million sales annually by 2020. It isn’t set to reach North American showrooms until mid-2011, 18 months after it goes on sale in Europe but ahead of the planned arrival of rivals such as the upcoming Audi Q3, Range Rover LRX and Mercedes BLK.

The exterior shape of the X1 was first revealed on a lightly veiled concept at the 2008 Paris motor show. The new four-door follows the BMW trend toward taut surfacing, edgy detailing and provocative shutline architecture. The smallest of BMW’s X-cars is slightly shorter and narrower but taller than the 3-series Touring, the wagon version of BMW’s most popular model, with which the X1 shares its 108.7-inch wheelbase and much of its mechanical hardware, engines included.”

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6 responses to “Autoweek drives the 2010 BMW X1”

  1. I went to the Los Angeles Auto Show, sadly the X1 is not there. I guess it won’t be released to US anytime soon.

  2. muhammad aftab ahmad says:

    wish to have BMW

  3. Miguel Angel Zarate Llanos says:

    I am a bmw x1 user in Spain.

    From the begining (8 months ago) the car has some difficulties to be driven and the cluth action is very complex.
    The BMW technician in Spain (CuzcoMotor – Madrid) says that it is due to high demultiplication of the speeds change mechanism, when you select the 2º speed.

    There not way to solve the problem. They says to me that the x1 should be driven in a ‘different’ way, but does not explain what is that ‘different way’

    The car has been in the workshop more than 24 days, in two different resellers, and in four stances..
    I understand that this a problem due to special design of the car. This was not indicated to me when I was doing the buy manage actions.. It should made that my decition will change.

    I dont understand how a mark as BMW lets to their sellers not advise to the buyers this characteristics that made the drive so maintain secure a selling.

    My car is an Sdrive18d, with manual speed changer.

    I have another BMW (318Ci) for 8 years and never got any problem with it.

    May you help me, because the Spanish BMW don’t do it, to get a solution for my problem ?

    Regards, Miguel A. Zárate (

    PD: If you have problem in understand my basic English I may explain all the above in Spanish

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