Reviews

2017 BMW X1 Walk Around

Given its height and shape of the greenhouse, it looks like the crossover it is, and not a stylish BMW wagon. But the nose is pure BMW, with twin-kidney grille and cat’s eye headlamps, with icing-like sculpting on the sides and high taillamps. Dark cladding wraps around the rear and touches the low air intakes up front.

Interior

The dashboard looks smart, with its big round analog gauges, but the standard interior materials look and feel cheaper than you expect in a premium vehicle. And the front seats are woefully inadequate in thigh bolstering and thin on back support. We haven’t tried the sport seats, but they have to be better than the base seats. The back seats might actually be more comfortable.

There’s good headroom thanks to the height, and generous legroom in the rear for a subcompact, although not enough width back there for three adults. They’re easy to climb in and out of, thanks to wide door openings. You can opt for a rear seat that reclines and slides rearward by five inches.

Cargo space is good for a subcompact, but less than a compact crossover. It’s 27.1 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 58.7 cubic feet with it down. That’s more than the Audi Q3 or Range Rover Evoque, but way less than a Honda CR-V or Toyota RAV4.

We like the optional wood trim and leather with contrasting stitching, and the head-up display, and the 8.8-inch touchscreen that’s mounted on top of the center console festooned with audio and climate buttons. The screen comes with a touchpad on the iDrive knob.

The low dashboard and fairly thin windshield pillars allows excellent visibility.

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