Vehicle2014 BMW X1 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
ReviewOrdered car and picked up in Munich as an EDP car in June.
M Package, Winter Package.
Nice firm ride and soaks up bumps well.
Drove car 2,850 miles in Germany, Austria, and France.
Top speed driven was 125 mph on the Autobahn -- car was feeling floaty so did not go faster although the engine could handle it.
No issues in Europe over 2,850 miles.
Averaged 25 to 28 mpg.
Back in Calif., I have driven 2,200 miles and averaged from 25 to 27 mpg since being back.
I attribute the same MPG while driving much slower to the lower fuel quality (ethanol)
Best FeaturesVery fast car with the smooth in-line 6 with a nice exhaust note to add. Better quality sound then the 4 cylinder. Steering and suspension are similar to the E90 (with sports package). I have heard complaints about from car magazines about heavy steering but I did not notice this. Sport seats and AWD F/R split is worth buying the M-package.
Worst FeaturesMake some items standard - rear back up camera with out buying an expensive option package. The 2014 335i has and 8 speed AT, why not the 3.5 X1? Biggest Improvements needed? 1) Offer a 6 speed manual transmission. 2.) A diesel option.
on 06/21/14 16:10 PM (UTC)
The X1 3.5i has a six speed transmission because the new 8 speed doesn't fit in this vehicle with the larger/heavier 6 cyl. Its the same reason why xDrive models get hydraulic steering. The electric unit doesn't fit in this older platform.Report it
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