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DRIVING WITH DAN

2020 BMW X1

By DAN WIESE

The changes are small except for the grille, which is now big
It’s summertime, and BMW’s X1 is
grillin’.
Among the biggest changes to the
updated 2020 edition of BMW’s compact
crossover is its notably larger grille -- a
change not to be taken lightly. After all,
there are few styling cues in the automotive
world more iconic than BMW’s twinkidney grille. And, as far as BMW fans
are concerned, stylists mess with it at their
peril.
In the case of X1, that grille’s twin
kidneys have (gasp!) become one. That
is to say, the formerly separate “kidney”
sections are now spliced together via a bit
of hourglass-shaped chrome trim, with the
result being one big, bright, shiny grin on
this small crossover. The reaction of the
Bimmer faithful will be interesting to see.
Other exterior changes include new
tinted LED taillights with L-shaped light
bars, twin tailpipes that boast a diameter
nearly an inch bigger than before, new
18- and 19-inch wheel designs and three
new “metallic” paint colors: Storm Bay,
Jucaro Beige and Misano Blue. (Who
comes up with these names?) Alas, fans of
Estoril Blue Metallic (who comes up . . .
?) will be in mourning. That color’s been
discontinued.
Inside, X1 updates include a standard
infotainment display with navigation and
Apple CarPlay talent that grows from 6.5
inches to 8.8. There are also minor interior
trim enhancements. (Hey, the lower dash
and door panels now color-match if you
spring for the optional Dakota leather
package. Hot dog!)
As before, X1 can be had with frontor all-wheel drive, the front-driver called
sDrive28i while the all-wheel drive edition
wears the moniker xDrive28i.
Regardless, every 2020 X1 will be
powered by a carried-over 2.0-liter turbo
four that lays down 228 hp and 258 lb.-ft.
of torque through an also-standard eightspeed automatic transmission.
In the biggest mechanical upgrade, that
eight-cog auto shifter, BMW says, has

Brand Ave. Studios Contributing Writer
drivingwithdan@gmail.com

2020 BMW X1
DRIVE FORMAT: sDrive28i: Frontwheel drive; xDrive28i: all-wheel
drive
BASE PRICE: N/A (for reference,
base price for the 2019 model is
$35,945 for a FWD model, $37,945
for an AWD model)
ENGINE: 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4
HORSEPOWER: 228 at 5000 rpm
TORQUE: 258 lb.-ft. at 1450 rpm
RECOMMENDED FUEL: Premium
TRANSMISSION: Eight-speed
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY BMW

The most obvious change in the updated 2020
BMW X1 is its more robust grille.

Limit Information and Auto High Beam
function.
OPTION PACKAGES INCLUDE:

been improved with revised gear ratios for
enhanced routine-driving performance
while, at the same time, boasting smoother
shifts that are “almost imperceptible.”
BMW says the front-driver will reach 60
mph in 6.6 seconds while the AWD model
makes the same trip in 6.3 ticks.
Among X1’s standards are 18-inch
wheels, power tailgate, rear-view camera,
power seats and a suite of active safety
nannies, including Lane Departure
Warning, Pedestrian Warning with
braking, Frontal Collision Warning, City
Collision Mitigation with braking, Speed

• Convenience, which brings along
power-folding mirrors, universal
garage-door opener, Comfort Access
keyless entry, panoramic moonroof,
auto-dimming interior and exterior
mirrors, adjustable lumbar support,
LED fog lights and satellite radio.
• Premium, which includes all of
the above plus heated steering wheel
and heated seats, LED headlights with
cornering lights, head-up display and
upgraded navigation.
• Luxury, which adds Dakota leather
and a choice of interior accent trims.
• M Sport, which offers a choice of
18- or 19-inch wheels, each shod with
specific tires, a choice of standard or
M sport suspension, paddle-shifters
for the transmission, sport bucket
seats, and unique interior and exterior
styling cues.
Among X1’s a la carte options: Active

automatic
EPA MPG: Not yet certified
WHEELBASE: 105.1 inches
LENGTH: 175.5 inches
CARGO (rear seat up/down): 27.1
cu. ft./58.7 cu. ft.
CURB WEIGHT: sDrive28i: 3,554
lbs.; xDrive28i: 3,713 lbs.
WHERE BUILT: Leipzig, Germany

Cruise Control with Stop & Go, sport
buckets, park assist, Harman-Kardon
Premium Sound, heated seats, heated
wheel, Dakota leather and exterior metallic
paint.
Look for the updated 2020 X1 to arrive
in showrooms late this year. BMW has yet
to announce pricing, but we figure, with
the changes as modest as they are, this X1
won’t venture too far north of its current
base price: $35,945 for a front-driver,
$37,945 for an AWD model.
This content was produced by Brand Ave. Studios.
The news and editorial departments of the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch had no role in its creation or display.
For more information about Brand Ave. Studios,
contact tgriffin@stltoday.com.

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