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1404 2014 Bmw X1 Xdrive28i March Update
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2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i - Visiting Ohio

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"The X1 would be the ideal road trip car for a couple or a small family"

Our 2014 BMW X1 xDrive28i is certainly no stranger to road trips and weekend journeys, but for the first time in months, we were finally able to stretch its legs without running into a winter storm. Associate Web editor Eric Weiner recently had a chance to pilot our X1 Four Seasons vehicle down to Akron, Ohio, a round trip of roughly 390 miles.

“Although I traveled alone almost the entire time I spent trekking to Akron and back this past weekend, I can see how the X1 would be the ideal road trip car for a couple or a small family,” says Weiner. “There’s a fair amount of usable space, but the crossover feels in no way chunky or cumbersome. I barely qualify this as a crossover, since the low driving position and easy ingress and egress make the X1 seem more like a small wagon to me.

“The X1 drives quite smoothly on the highway with practically silent gear changes and very mild road noise. But if you shift it into sport and punch the throttle, the engine hum and turbo whine – to say nothing of the added physical punch -- help create a satisfyingly sporty driving experience. Steering is nicely weighted and there’s just the right amount of feedback to make cornering feel engaging. Throttle response is very direct yet I still found it easy to modulate my speed on the highway.”

“The appeal of the BMW interior is that it is simple and clean, and it doesn’t distract the driver with bright lights, colorful graphics, and hundreds of buttons. I do think that the infotainment system could use an upgrade. At least for me, the amount of different screens is clunky to use. Also, voice recognition does not work automatically—you have to preload recordings into the system in order for it to recognize commands.”

There surely will come a time when we notice that the 2014 BMW X1 is meant to be something other than a 3-series with a hatchback and all-wheel drive, but it didn’t happen this month.

2014 BMW X1 Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
Body style 4-door hatchback
Accommodation 5-passenger
Construction Steel unibody
Base price (with dest.)$33,425
Price As tested $41,075
Engine 16-valve DOHC turbocharged I-4
Displacement 2.0 liters (122 cu in)
Power 241 hp @ 5000-6500 rpm
Torque 258 (369 w/overboost) lb-ft @ 1250-4800 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Drive All-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy 22/33/26 (city/hwy/combined)
Steering Hydraulically assisted
Lock-to-lock 3.3 turns
Turning circle 38.7 ft
Suspension, Front Strut-type, coil springs
Suspension, Rear Multilink, coil springs
Brakes F/R Vented discs
Wheels 17-inch aluminum
Tires Goodyear Eagle LS2
Tire size 225/50R-17 94H
Headroom F/R 41.3/39.7 in
Legroom F/R 41.4/34.9 in
Shoulder room F/R 55.0/54.6 in
Wheelbase 108.7 in
Track F/R 59.1/60.2 in
L x W x H 176.5 x 70.8 x 60.8 in
Passenger capacity 98.0 cu ft
Cargo capacity 27.6/63.3 cu ft
Weight 3726 lb
Weight dist. F/R 50.6/49.4 %
Fuel capacity 16.6 gal
Est. fuel range 430 miles
Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)
    • STANDARD EQUIPMENT
    • Halogen fog lights
    • LED taillights
    • Matte-black roof rails
    • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Leatherette-trimmed interior
    • Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    • Cruise control
    • Bluetooth
    • USB port
    • Automatic climate control
    • Adjustable front armrest
  • Packages & Options
    • Midnight Blue metallic paint
    • $550
    • Cold weather package
    • $700
    • Retractable headlights washer Heated steering wheel and front seats
    • Servotronic steering
    • $250
    • Ultimate package
    • $6150
    • Homelink Keyless entry and ignition Rearview camera Panoramic sunroof Auto-dimming rearview mirror and exterior mirrors Power front seats w/lumbar support Front and rear parking assist Interior ambient lighting Navigation Voice control SiriusXM satellite radio and traffic w/one-year trial subscription BMW Online and BMW Apps
    K. Mahoney
    In referrence to Voice Commands in the X1 you are are wrong:  You absoulutely do not need to "pre-load" recordings into the system for it to recognize voice commands.  No BMW has ever required this to be done, and none requires this now.  Do you just make this stuff up?  Because it didn't come from the owner's manual.
    Eric Weiner
    @K. Mahoney Not making anything up, but I should have clarified-- I was referring to how the system works for making hands-free phone calls with voice commands. 
    Directly from page 206 of the owner's manual: "Depending on how your vehicle is equipped, it may be necessary to create your own voice phone book." The software asks you to record a name from your phonebook and then record the phone number to save in the system.Not all cars require the user to do this.

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