2024 BMW X1 M35i xDrive makes the enthusiast's compact CUV even better

2024 BMW X1 M35i xDrive makes the enthusiast's compact CUV even better

In our First Drive of the new, third-generation BMW X1, we held out hope for a more powerful, sportier variant. The base xDrive28i model is the driver’s choice in the entire segment, making a bit more oomph and more focused handling an enticing carrot. Here’s what we asked for, the 2024 BMW X1 M35i xDrive, an M Performance version of the entry model. The turbocharged two-liter four-cylinder has been amped up from 241 horsepower to 312 horsepower, torque holds steady at 295 pound-feet. The same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sends power to all four wheels, here given the secondary control mechanism of paddle shifters, and it includes a mechanical limited-slip differential to improve footing on the steering axle. BMW cites a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds, a full second quicker than the xDrive28i.

A few firsts come with the new sport activity vehicle. There’s never been an M Performance model adorned with the quad pipes famous from full-fat M cars until now. This is also the first M Performance vehicle to give buyers the option of M Compound brakes with four-piston front calipers on a 15.2-inch vented rotor and a single-piston floating caliper on a 13-inch rotor in back. Additional visual giveaways include an M kidney grille and more air intakes in the front fascia, black mirror caps, punched-up rockers, a new hatch spoiler and those four 3.1-inch pipes set into a cosmetic diffuser inlay. 

Handling upgrades come courtesy of the standard sport steering and Adaptive M Suspension. The M Sport Boost Function, enabled by pulling the left paddle shifter for at least one second, puts all of the adaptive chassis tech into their sportiest modes. A relocated wheel slip sensor cuts reaction time for the dynamic stability control system, enhancing the SUV’s reflexes. The car rides on standard 19-inch M alloys, three 20-inch designs fill the options menu.  

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Inside, occupants sit under and anthracite-colored headliner, the instrument panel wears Alcantara trim, there’s dark aluminum “hexacube” trim throughout, the driver works an M leather steering wheel and set of M pedals. Standard Sensatec seating is trimmed with Alcantara. The BMW Curved Display and its head-up display work iDrive 9 and display M-specific graphics. Tech like navigation, Harmon Kardon premium audio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and wireless charging come standard.    

Pricing starts at $49,900 plus a $995 destination fee, making for a total of $50,895 before options — a $10,800 step above the X1 xDrive28i. The U.S. launch is expected to begin this October. 

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