2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i Review

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We warned you this was coming. After a half century spent in the righteous pursuit of driving excellence—rear-wheel drive, spunky four- and six-cylinder engines, near-50:50 weight distributions—BMW clicked its corporate turn signal to veer off in a dastardly direction. The kidney-grilled, Hofmeister-kinked X1 xDrive28i featured here is the first of a troop of front-drive-based BMWs destined for the land of the brave.

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Why is this happening? Because U.S. buyers want crossovers—boxy vehicles made out of car parts—and the more the better. In 2015, more than 4 million were sold, and they’re expected to top the combined sales of compact and mid-size sedans this year. Responding, BMW ­swallowed its sporting pride to feed America’s ravenous crossover appetite.

The previous X1 was a wagon in drag; its replacement is tall enough not to be confused with a car. By moving to a front-drive platform [see sidebar below], BMW achieved some notable gains while stomaching inevitable sacrifices.

And yet, this X1 still drives like a car while serving as a truck. BMW has wisely configured it to go toe to toe in the thriving premium compact-crossover cat­ego­ry with arch rivals Audi Q3, Lexus NX, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by A.J. Mueller

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