2017 BMW X1 xLine Xdrive18d from UK and Ireland
High standard fit and finish with poor brakes and a lacklustre engine
Since the day I’ve had it the brakes have been awful. The pedal travels far too deep, and at times it feels like a car from 1960. When the brakes warm up a little, travel improves, but the pedal remains spongy. I will be taking it back to the dealer as it’s not something you expect from a new car, and a premium badged one at that. The 18d engine is very sluggish and tractor like both in performance and noise, and hence lacks refinement. The engine is 150bhp, and compared to VAG 2.0 TDI engines with less HP, it disappoints.
For a car I paid over £30k for, I expected a lot better and was promised a lot better. The instrument panel is from the 80s; very basic and not even a coolant temperature gauge. A small digital readout which reminds me of the e36 BMW my dad had in 1993. No folding mirrors either.
The handling is decent, the interior is nicely put together with typical German high standard fit and finish. The seats are comfortable leather and are heated. It has an electronic tailgate and huge boot space, which is very useful. My only problem is I’m put off of driving it due to the aforementioned problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 24th March, 2018
26th Apr 2018, 01:55
The brake pedal can be easily a problem at the assembly of the car, even just a problem of air inside the lines. The main dealer should be able to fix the issue. Just don't take "oh, it's normal, that's how it is supposed to be" as an answer. Ask them to try another car or even just rent one for a day at a rental, to compare.