The cabin of this updated BMW X1 remains unchanged in terms of layout but has got new elements and additional features as a part of the mid-life refresh. It is an all-black affair with silver and wood inserts on the dashboard.
Unlike most modern BMWs that are on offer in India, the X1 still gets manual clocks. With clear fonts, white backlighting and a little digital screen for the Eco meter, it’s not bad to look at but will begin to feel dated when Mercedes-Benz and Audi bring in the new GLA and Q3 with full digital displays later this year.
There’s an 8.0-inch touchscreen with a floating display mounted on the dashboard and running an older version of BMW’s i-Drive system. It’s nice to use but lacks some of the intuitiveness of its other German counterparts. Also, there’s no Android Auto on this version of the interface.
You also get a new gear lever and black inserts on the centre console. In the case of the former, the update has been designed for the lever to fit easier in the palm for better access.
Where the X1 manages to score high is the amount of cabin space on offer both in the front and rear. The seats have been set low and so you have a large amount of headroom and this combined with the large glass area as well as dual sunroof makes for a roomy affair within. The X1 has been the segment leader when it comes to legroom and so even for a six-footer like me, sitting comfortably in both rows is not an issue at all.
The front seats are powered and have a two-set memory function while the rear seats have a recline function. The latter can also be folded nearly flat, expanding the boot space by a significant amount. It’s also an easy boot to access with a low loading lip height but lacks an auto close/open function across the range.
In terms of features, BMW has added ambient lighting, two USB Type-C ports in the rear, puddle lamps with the X1 logo as well as auto-dimming exterior mirrors for this version of the X1. You also get a comprehensive safety net that includes six airbags, traction control, TPMS as well as an attentiveness assistant which keeps in check things like your alertness levels by analysing your driving patterns.
However, the cabin feels dated and lacks the extra premium feel seen in some of the X1’s rivals. This is particularly evident in the analogue clocks and older i-Drive system.