The BMW X1 is unquestionably the best entry-level crossover available from a luxury manufacturer. Although it is not comparable to the X3, its base price is approximately $7,000 lower than that of the X3. But let’s say you want a smaller vehicle with slightly better performance than the X1 xDrive28i, which has 241 horsepower and a 6.2-second zero-to-60 time. The 2024 BMW X1 M35i xDrive meets this need.
Because it is still an X1, the X1 M35i’s styling will largely depend on how you feel about the regular X1. However, we would at least argue that it looks better than the base model due to the sportier bodywork, M accents, spoiler, and quad exhaust. Similarly, although they are appreciated, the interior changes are not revolutionary. We’re certain the game seats are great, in spite of the fact that we could manage without the enlightened M identification on them.
Under the hood, the X1 M35i tells a bigger story. It is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 312 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque in this instance. It has a seven-speed double-clutch transmission and a manual limited-slip differential up front that distribute power to all four wheels. The M35i should be a lot more fun to drive than the standard X1, thanks to its adjustable M suspension, upgraded 15.2-inch brakes, and lightweight alloy brakes that are available as an option.
To the extent that exhibition figures go, BMW says the X1 M35i xDrive will hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, an entire second faster than the base model. It will reach its maximum speed of 130 mph as well, but the maximum speed is increased to 155 mph if you opt for the optional 20-inch wheels with performance tires instead of the standard all-seasons on the standard wheels.
Valuing for the 2024 BMW X1 M35i xDrive begins at $50,895 including objective, which is about in accordance with the somewhat less-strong Mercedes-AMG GLA 35. It just so happens, the GLA 35 likewise has an indistinguishable zero-to-60 time. This October, the X1 M35i will go on sale in the United States.