Bimmerfest Member Review Of Their 2014 X1 M Sport
With about 900mi on my new X1 I thought I'd share my thoughts of the vehicle. So to start with the conclusion: I love the X1. It certainly has its quirks, and is rather expensive as specced, but all in all it's very comfortable, has stellar performance, it's an absolute pleasure to drive and looks good too.
Now for the details…....
The car: 2014 x28i - Le Mans Blue
Line, Packages & Options:
- M Sport Line
- Premium Package
- Technology Package
- Lighting Package
- Heated seats
- Upgraded Harman Kardon stereo
A little history – I got bored with my 2010 Audi A4 2.0 Quattro….... sweet ride overall, beautiful car, but I just didn't find it to be terribly fun to drive. So after keeping my eyes open for a while I finally found a car that really caught my interest….... small (I like small), yet versatile, fun to drive, european as I just have a preference euro cars, decent on gas, fast, good in the snow…..... Yeah that would be the X1.
Never had a BMW before, so before settling on the X1 I just had to try the 3 series, so I also test drove the 328 xdrive….... found it to be a stunningly beautiful car (more attractive than the X1 in my opinion), but not as fun to drive as the X1 mostly due to the Audi A4 like and very bad steering feel. So given it was way more expensive than the X1 with the same engine, a no brainer for me to go with the X1. Buying experience was good, got terrific trade in on my Audi and a reasonable discount.
If I had it to do over again maybe I'd order the exact car I wanted from Germany, which would be exactly the same as the one I got from dealer inventory, except instead of having premium and technology I'd get ultimate….... this would be cheaper and better. Very stupid that New England area dealers don't order them this way, but my dealer was not unique….... most of the Boston area inventory also favored tech + premium over ultimate. Unless someone can explain this to me I see it as a deliberate rip off. This is the only real negative in the whole experience. But I can certainly live without a backup camera.
So back to the car….... well I love the ride. It's a little stiff, but I knew it would – I purposely got the M Sport line….... Zero regrets about that - I like it, corners really well, really fast. It feels very responsive. The steering is the best of any car I've had in several years – this, plus the engine are real highlights of the car. I've read that in the US they are now including servotronic power assist steering for "free" - thank god I got my car before this went into effect. I doubt I'd have bought an X1 without this fully hydraulic steering feel - it's the car's strongest point. But besides that, it's quick. The sports seats are fantastic, another highlight for me for sure. I like the inside overall. It's not quite as refined as my Audi I traded in, but it's close. Some stuff better some stuff worse….... but I do find it to be a good upgrade over the A4 overall. It's a much faster car, much better handling, with a lot more driver engagement.
Some other positives, the Xenon lights rock. They're so bright that people flash me thinking I have my high beams on, lol. Totally worth it. Upgraded HK stereo is decent, even good….... but nothing to write home about….... not sure I'd recommend that upgrade honestly. Moonroof is amazing. I like a lot of the little things like electric folding mirrors. Autodimming external mirrors also a nice small thing. All this adds up to be a pretty complete car.
I like the auto stop/start feature. I must be the only one. Read the reviews and this got absolutely skewered so I expected to hate it, but I don't at all. It could be a bit better, sure, but I think it's pretty well done. I like how it doesn't engage when you're in sport mode.
I am blabbing too much so let me just mention a couple of negatives really quick – I think the iDrive is pretty confusing. I am getting half decent at it, but it isn't as intuitive as it should be. To be fair though it has tons of flexibility and functionality.
I also think there are too many cheap materials for a car costing more than forty grand. The lift gate should be powered. A little more wind noise than it should have, again at this price. I'm not convinced mileage will be as good as advertised. And the cup holder, nuff said. So I can't say this car is without compromises. But they're not huge cons at all.
Well that's my review. I don't know if my X1 is a hatch or a small SUV. But I can say so far I am very happy with it. I hope I can avoid speeding tickets….....
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