2. BMW X1

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Jim Holder
06 October 2008

2. BMW X1

This is the BMW Concept X1, which closely matches how the X1 baby 4x4 will look when it goes on sale early next year.

The car is designed as an alternative to the BMW 3 Series, and is expected to be priced from around 25,000, making it a premium alternative to the Ford Kuga and Volkswagen Tiguan.

The X1 is aimed at buyers who want a high-up driving position and on-road performance rather than off-road ability.

It does have a part-time four-wheel-drive system, though, which moves power to the front wheels when required, and will use traction control to move power between the wheels.

Launch engines will include a 170bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit and a 177bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Later on, less powerful versions of the same engines may be introduced to the range, as well as more powerful units.

A hybrid version of the X1 could be added to the range at a later date.

Why we didn't like it Its angular styling is odd, and its proportions make it virtually X3-sized, making us wonder why they're bothering.