Am I falling in love with an X1?

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I have previously, in these pages castigated BMW for its 1 Series, which I charitably called “fugly”.  And it was!  However, the latest X1 caught my eye the other day.  A well proportioned smart looking vehicle.

The styling cue for me is the vertical grille, which seems to be across the board and certainly freshens up the frontal aspect of the 5 series as well.

Local X1’s get the 2 liter petrol engine delivering 110 kW at 6,400 RPM and 200 Nm torque at 3,600 RPM, or the turbo diesel, which is probably the best option with the eight-speed auto transmission.

New BMW X1.New BMW X1.

The eight-speed automatic transmission Steptronic ensures soft changes and reduces background noise at high speeds, but also significantly reduces fuel consumption and includes the Auto Start Stop function.

Power steering is electric and the energy it requires has previously been extracted by Brake Energy Regeneration from the braking and kinetic energy (KERS).

For all those people who need to be close to their smartphone, the X1 has the BMW ConnectedDrive which integrates many of the features offered by your smartphone into your car via the Bluetooth interface of the X1.

The petrol X1 is just under 2.5 million list price, while the diesel is just under 2.8 million, according to the BMW information.  I could be interested!