Over the years the SUV has been very successful, but US drivers, as well as their European counterparts are more conscious about how much fuel our vehicles consume. This trends shows no sign in slowing down, and therefore you will see many vehicles being developed with less emissions, as well as losing a few pounds in the process.
Take the 2014 BMW X1 parking footprint, it’s almost the same as the Range Rover Evoque, Ford Escape, which has a roofline several inches shorter than standard-size SUVs. BMW seems to be doing a good job in covering various markets, such as the compact, SUV, CUV, sedan, coupe and convertible.
To give you an idea of size, the X1 is around 6-inches shorter than the X3, and while the wheel-base is going to be smaller than that of the X3, it’s still more than ample for you and your passengers. As you would imagine you will sit higher than a sedan, which is of great appeal to so many drivers, as they don’t want to be as high as a full-size SUV because of issues with body roll, but they want to sit just higher than a sedan, as this gives them a more commanding view of the road ahead.
We already know that there is a decent amount of room for passengers, but there are a few space issues, such as cargo space, which is also a huge issue if you have gone from the Range Rover Sport down to the Range Rover Evoque. If you were hoping for more cargo space than a sedan, then you will be left feeling a little disappointed with the X1. A full 2014 BMW X1 review can be found over at The Car Connection.
In the past I have not be impressed with vehicles like the 2014 BMW X1 because they are designed more for on-road than off, and so a four-wheel drive system seemed pointless, as well as taking more fuel to run as well. However, Land Rover understood this, and so released a 2WD version of the Range Rover Evoque, which made me rethink my opinion, just a bit.