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The BMW X1 is BMW’s newest baby in its Sports Activity Series, joining the likes of the X5, the X6, and the X3. [firstpara] Like those three, the X1 is a crossover SUV, which, for the uninitiated, is a kind of vehicle that looks like a traditional SUV but feels, handles, and rides like a car.

We’d say that the X1 fits the definition of a crossover SUV perfectly, except that it’s a lot more stylish and flamboyant than your traditional SUVs.

The X1, with its bold, almost brash body design clearly shouts a statement of sporty manliness. The curves of the hood and engine compartment lid look striking, while the BMW kidney grille balances the look with its traditional stateliness.

Likewise, the car’s other design elements such as the wheel arches and the long wheelbase, and the eye-catching rear end give the car a huge dose of personality that allows it to stand out in the highway. The X1 is fresh and sporty, without losing points on class and elegance.

The X1 also feels, handles, and rides like a car—although the car we’re talking about here might be a little more expensive than your average typical Japanese sedan. The X1 is a BMW after all, that typifies the luxury carmaker’s slogan: “Sheer Driving Pleasure.”

Emphasizing easy drive-ability, the BMW X1 is equipped with the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which allows the car to be as agile as a normal sedan.

It is powered by a 2-liter diesel engine that delivers 177 horsepower, and utilizes BMW’s EfficientDynamics tehnology which allows for high fuel economy. Combine those with the car’s higher seating position and sporty dashboard panel, and the X1 is able to provide the driver with a fun and engaging driving experience.

So don’t be fooled by the BMW X1’s hefty presence, because once you’re inside its luxurious cockpit, and you start to drive, you’ll quickly realize just how pleasurable it is to take this car for a spin. It isn’t cheap at P3,890,000, but if you have the money, the BMW X1’s combination of car and SUV characteristics makes it a very attractive alternative to traditional luxury sedans.

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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