You might feel left out in the current automotive landscape if you're a hot-hatched fan. With the rise of SUVs and crossovers, the traditional hatchback has been losing ground to taller, bulkier, and less agile competitors. But what if you could have the best of both worlds? What if you could enjoy a hot hatch's performance, handling, and fun in a more spacious, practical, and versatile package? That's exactly what BMW has done with the all-new BMW X1 M35i xDrive.
The BMW X1 M35i xDrive is the latest addition to the BMW X family of Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs), which combine an SUV's characteristics with a BMW's driving dynamics. The BMW X1 M35i xDrive is also the first model to wear the M Performance badge in the compact segment, meaning BMW M GmbH, the high-performance division of BMW, has developed it.
What Makes It Special?
The BMW X1 M35i xDrive is not your average crossover. It's a potent machine that can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds, thanks to its 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that delivers 306 horsepower and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. That's more power and torque than any other four-cylinder engine in the BMW Group.
The engine is paired with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission that offers quick and smooth shifts and a launch control function for optimal acceleration. The transmission also features paddle shifters on the steering wheel for manual control.
But power is nothing without control, and that's where the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system comes in. The xDrive system distributes the engine's power between the front and rear wheels according to the driving situation, ensuring optimal traction and stability on any road surface. The system also works with the M Sport differential, which can lock the front axle to reduce understeer and improve cornering agility.
The BMW X1 M35i xDrive also boasts a specially tuned M Sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 10 mm (0.4 inches) compared to the standard X1, enhancing its sporty stance and handling. The suspension is complemented by an M Sport steering system that offers precise and direct feedback and an M Sport brake system that provides powerful and consistent stopping power.
What Does It Look Like?
The BMW X1 M35i xDrive is not only fast but also stylish. It has a distinctive appearance that sets it apart from other X1 models, thanks to its exclusive design elements.
The front end features a larger kidney grille with a mesh design, flanked by LED headlights with hexagonal daytime running lights. The bumper has larger air intakes and a Cerium Grey finish for the lower edge trim. The side profile reveals 19-inch or optional 20-inch M light alloy wheels in a double-spoke design, also finished in Cerium Grey. The side skirts, mirror caps, and window surrounds are also painted in this color.
The rear end showcases a sporty spoiler on the roof edge and an apron with a diffuser insert and two exhaust tailpipes in Cerium Grey. The tailgate bears the M35i lettering, while the rear lights feature LED technology.
The BMW X1 M35i xDrive is available in nine exterior colors, including two new ones: Misano Blue metallic and Storm Bay metallic.
What About The Interior?
The interior of the BMW X1 M35i xDrive is equally impressive, offering high comfort, quality, and functionality. The cabin is spacious and versatile, with plenty of room for five passengers and their luggage. The rear seats can be folded down in a 40:20:40 split, expanding the trunk capacity from 505 liters (17.8 cubic feet) to 1,550 liters (54.7 cubic feet).
The driver-oriented cockpit features an ergonomic layout and intuitive controls. The instrument cluster has a 5.7-inch digital display that shows key information such as speed, rpm, fuel level, and navigation directions. The center console houses an 8.8-inch or optional 10.25-inch touchscreen display that runs the latest BMW Operating System 7.0, which offers various online services and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The interior also boasts several M Performance elements that enhance its sporty flair. These include:
- An M leather steering wheel with shift paddles
- Sport seats with integrated headrests and Alcantara/Sensatec upholstery
- Aluminum Hexagon Anthracite trim with Pearl Chrome accent strips
- An M footrest and M pedals
- M door sill finishers
- An M gear selector lever
- An M driver's foot mat
The BMW X1 M35i xDrive also offers a range of optional features that can further elevate its comfort, convenience, and safety. These include:
- A panoramic glass roof that floods the cabin with natural light
- A head-up display that projects key information onto the windshield
- A Harman Kardon surround sound system that delivers a premium audio experience
- A wireless charging pad that keeps your smartphone battery topped up
- A Driving Assistant Plus package that includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane change warning, and more
How Much Does It Cost?
The BMW X1 M35i xDrive is the most expensive model in the X1 lineup but also the most rewarding. It offers a unique combination of performance, practicality, and personality that is hard to find in the compact segment.
The BMW X1 M35i xDrive has a starting price of $47,450 in the US, €54,900 in Germany, and £43,315 in the UK. These prices include destination and handling fees but exclude taxes and other charges.
If you're looking for a hot hatch for the SUV era, the BMW X1 M35i xDrive is the one to get. It's a versatile, dynamic, stylish SAV that will thrill every drive. Don't miss your chance to experience it for yourself. Visit your nearest BMW dealer today and book a test drive. You won't regret it.