The 2017 BMW X1 xDrive 28i returns will very little changes for the 2017 model year and keeps its confusing naming conventions. Let’s break it down and share 5 things you need to know.
2nd Generation X1
Entering the 2nd year of production, the 2017 BMW X1 is in its 2nd generation. You will notice older models on the road from the prior generation.
The main differences between the generations relate to the newer model having more cargo space, new interior design, sharper exterior design, more headroom and more driving assistance options like a heads-up display, Bi-LED front lights with adjustable beams that move when turning to light the path ahead of you.
X? Drive what?
One of the more confusing things about BMW vehicles are the numerous X and xDrive numbers and letters. Let’s clear these up.
For starters, the X designates the size of the vehicle. For example, BMW offers an X1, soon to be released X2, X3, X4, X5 and X6. Each of these vehicles typically grows in size as you move up. The X1 we are talking about here is a compact SUV whereas the X5 is the largest and can seat 7. The X6 is a tall coupe-like SUV with an odd design and lots of performance.
After you figure out the X, then you are presented with the various versions of the word Drive with letters and numerals. For example, the X1 is available with sDrive28i or an xDrive28i here in the U.S. Worldwide you can get a slew of different ones like: xDrive20i, xDrive20i, xDrive25i, sDrive18d, xDrive20d, xDrive25d, sDrive18i, sDrive16d, etc…
Let’s start with the s or x. These simply refer to rear-wheel drive (s) or all-wheel drive (x). Next, the numbers. This relates to the engine. In our case, it is the 28i engine – a turbocharged inline 4-cylinder.
The X1 is actually pretty straightforward when you break it down like this. Then you add the slew of performance packages like an M line and things get crazy again.
Does it drive like a traditional BMW?
One of the great things about BMW products is how much fun they are to drive. You can really ride the corners and hit the accelerator to create a much more engaged driving experience than other brands. Can a BMW SUV keep the same driving dynamics? The short answer is yes.
After spending a week behind the wheel, it is clear the 2017 BMW X1 xDrive28i has the heart of a BMW in it. It handles well and is a fun to drive SUV.
Plus, the 28i engine still has some get up and go with a 6.3s 0-60 time in our all-wheel drive tester thanks to 228 HP.
Where other luxury brands may spend more on interior finishes and comfort, the BMW X1 keeps true to its brand heritage with its renowned driving dynamics.
Is the 2017 BMW X1 xDrive28i a Good SUV as well?
On the flip side, it is still an SUV and needs to perform there as well. Is it still a good SUV? That answer is not so clear.
Again after driving it for a week, we noticed the interior wasn’t as good as others for hauling around the family. Behind the wheel, the small seats caused some discomfort and the rear seating area isn’t as large as we would like.
The rear cargo space can still hold a set of golf clubs, but it is a bit limited. While the 2nd-row seats slide and fold down to create 58.7 inches of cargo space, the amount of room just didn’t stand out to us as being that impressive.
One of the truly interesting things about the 2017 BMW X1 is how competitively it is priced in the marketplace. The facts are most SUVs these days are going to push into the $30k price range and the BMW X1 starts at $35,100.
Our fully equipped model added a slew of options to push the price to $46,430, yet this is comparable to its competitors. Unlike other makers who package their safety tech as add-ons, BMW truly gives you options with a power sliding moonroof, keyless entry and a few other goodies, not musts, offered in a $3,250 premium package. Also, the $1,150 driving assistance package, $650 cold weather package and $2,150 in upgraded interior finishes and exterior color aren’t really that necessary. Remove the uncomfortable sports seats ($400), navigation and upgraded stereo speakers ($2,475) and yes, you could own a BMW for less than $40k.
A 2017 BMW X1 for under $40k you say? Yes, it is possible. It is just going to be challenging to find a dealer who would order one with no options. Happy hunting!