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BMW loses its principles

BMW loses its principles

08.01.2016
The tested car is two-faced like two-faced Janus! So here is the contrast – inside, it is a family car, but the character is for a racer.

It has been said that the cars of the first series will be front drive. Farewell, a classic BMW, farewell, unique identity and style.

Cabin

The New X1 is more striking with a more spacious cabin. Its spaciousness has been improved, particularly there is more space for the driver and front row passenger and it is more comfortable for tall people,too. Looking at the seats and distance between them, there is only one thing to say: it is for slim not for "square" people.

The rear row is becoming close to minivans. The phobia of confined space, which is felt in the previous models, has disappeared. It is roomy, cosy and the boot has become bigger (505l). You can transport larger things if you fold the seats. Three-zone adjustment solution is very pragmatic and comfy.

The engineers of the BMW have got the feel of the role that we have found folding tables behind the front seats. A strange solution, indeed, but perhaps, the fans of the style "minivan from BMW" will be found. There have definitely been attempts to make the interior more elegant and stylish – curtains to cover cup holders, lever of the gearbox, but they have failed.

Let's drive?

The "baby crossover" gives adrenalin. The powerful turbo diesel with 190hp is great. The body control is kept well, the steering is sharp, minimum of body rolling, maximum dynamics. The car is for brutal drive!

So here is the contrast – inside, it is a family car, but the character is for a racer. Impossible to understand...

The suspension does not give much comfort on the road, you feel every imperfection of the road and start looking for flat parts. If you follow this way for a month, you will become an ace of avoiding holes. The steering wheel is responsive and good for sharp manoeuvres.

First snow gave a sea of impressions from drifting. The X1 joined the game and proved to be a fighter in this discipline. But ask yourself: have you seen many drifting mums with shopping bags in the boot and kids in the cabin? Don't think so, but BMW market researchers offer front wheel drive for them.

The tested car is two-faced like two-faced Janus! On work days it is exemplary and model, and you will see ladies at the wheel grumbling about the "soft" suspension. At weekends, you will see its true nature – aggressive, adrenalin and goose bumps – the head of the family is experiencing sensations. So if you have a choice, choose car rent without a driver: sensations are guaranteed!

The Bavarian is nice and pleasant, but its evident discord upsets the positive feeling. Our verdict – marketing department has tried too hard! The third series is better in all parameters, the X3 is the one we go for.

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