If you’re trying to figure out which BMW can help you rediscover the JOY of driving – consider the BMW X1. We have it sitting pretty in the Budds’ Oakville showroom, a crossover vehicle that effortlessly combines style and elegance.

Style on the outside

BMW_X1_1Taking cues from the BMW X5, the X1 commands a double take – with its gently rising lateral lines, giving it a sleek profile that is unmistakably BMW. Short front and rear overhangs and a sloping rear windshield offer a stance that is sporty without being too aggressive.

Elegance on the inside

The X1’s interior is all class from the cockpit to the cabin.  Sharing the ergonomic beauty of the BMW 3 Series, it’s geared towards making the driving experience truly unforgettable. The controls are intuitive and easy to reach and the clean, subtle lines of the cabin lead the driver’s eye continually toward the road.

All around performance and grace BMW_X1_2

The 2011 BMW X1’s xDrive28i is the first TwinPower turbo equipped four cylinder engine in the line-up. The 2.0 litre engine is modeled after BMW’s venerable in-line 6 cylinder power plants; but has fuel economy ratings of just 7.9 litres per 100 km. It also has the power you expect from BMW, with more than 240 horsepower and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds.

The xDrive system puts all that power to the ground through all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with BMW’s Steptronic technology. The transmission delivers light but responsive gear changes and xDrive automatically adjusts to the terrain and road conditions, so you always have the maximum traction available in every situation.

Overall the X1 proves you can still have performance and power in a vehicle that can give you savings at the pump too. Why not give it a test drive?

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