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2014 BMW X1

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Why Buy a 2014 BMW X1?

The Top 10 Reasons Why You May want to Buy a 2014 BMW X1:

The 2014 BMW X1 is a five-door compact crossover. This off-road capable vehicle has impressive comfort and luxury features, and an abundance of safety features. The BMW X1 was awarded top safety pick status by the IIHS.

The X1 is offered with three model trims. The sDrive28i and xDrive28i model trims offer a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged 4-cylinder I-4 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a choice of RWD or AWD. They come with 17-inch wheels.

The xDrive35i has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with AWD. It has 18-inch wheels.

Ten Reasons to Buy a 2014 BMW X1

Reason One

The 2014 BMW X1 has an aggressive and challenging front-end design. The visual impression of this vehicle is quite assertive. This crossover vehicle may have the body of an SUV and station wagon, but the front-end design of this car bespeaks an attitude of advance

With an available horsepower of 240 to 300, and 258 to 300 lb-ft of torque, this midsized vehicle is absolutely capable of backing up this serious expression, and attack the road with force.

The X1's well-balanced proportions make it look larger than it actually is.

Reason Two

The X1 is designed with plenty of cargo space. The X1 offers 25 cubic feet of storage space with the 40/20/40-split rear seats up. When the rear seats are folded down, the cargo area expands to a generous 56 cubic feet.

Reason Three

Most passengers will find the cabin space a comfortable fit. The front provides plenty of headroom and legroom, and the back seat should provide a comfortable ride for two adults or three younger occupants.

Reason Four

The X1 offers a classy, comfortable interior cabin. High-quality materials and sleek design give the X1 a solid finish. The driver is provided good visibility with a high sitting position, and the eight-way adjustable seats are comfortable and supportive.

Reason Five

Test drivers are impressed with the agility, ease of handling, and the smooth comfortable ride that the X1 provides.

Reason Six

The X1 is also admired for its quick, solid performance. The I-4 powered 28i trims achieve 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds, and the V6-powered 35i achieves 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds.

Reason Seven

The BMW X1 has impressive standard luxury, technology and entertainment features that include a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with embedded controls for the powerful eight-speaker audio system, cruise control, and an abundance of technical features.

The X1 series also comes with automatic climate control, dual air conditioning for front passengers, and speed control.

All X1 model trims come with remote keyless entry and power windows and door locks. All X1 model trims are also equipped with faux leather standard upholstery, with the option to upgrade to genuine leather in an assortment of colors. The xDrive35i model has fine wood trim as a standard feature, which is available for the other models.

Reason Eight

The X1 series is equipped with sophisticated safety features. BMW combines speed-sensing steering and four-wheel independent suspension with a comprehensive brake system and an abundance of safety features.

Additionally, the X1s have fully automatic headlights with a delay-off feature along with front and rear fog lights, and daytime running lights.

The X1's also come with a panic button, ignition disable, and BMW's Assist eCall Emergency communication system.

Reason Nine

The X1 has access to features that can be obtained independent of packages.

The navigation system with Bluetooth connectivity and real-time traffic reports can be obtained separately, or with the Ultimate and Technology Packages.

A premium Harmon Kardon sound system is also available independent of packages, or with the Technology, package. Other features that are available independent of packages include a panoramic sun/moonroof and a rearview camera.

Reason Ten

The X1 is offered with intriguing optional packages.

The Ultimate Package includes the navigation system, a rear-view camera, and Park Distance control.

The Premium Package adds a panoramic moonroof, ambient lighting, leather upholstery with power operated front seats and driver's side memory, satellite radio, and interior/exterior automatic dimming mirrors.

A Cold Weather Package adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

The M Sport Package gives the X1 a sport tuned suspension, sporty seats, a leather-wrapped M sport designed steering wheel with paddle shifters, and aerodynamic styling touches on the exterior.

Reasons Not to Buy a 2014 BMW X1


Reason One

Those who prefer a car with a sporty appearance would be happier with another car.

Reason Two

The front fascia presentation may prove too aggressive for some people. The visual impression is definitely aggressive.

Reason Three

A few test drivers say the shift lever is awkwardly located.

Conclusion

The BMW X1 offers an abundance of attractive features along with perfection of performance that is synonymous with the BMW name. This crossover off-road vehicle is a choice pick for anyone looking for a fine automobile with off-road capability, generous cargo space, comfort and safety features, and premium performance.
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