2016 BMW X1 vs 2015 BMW X1
About the 2016 BMW X1
If you have two tabs open in your browser, one with a photo of the 2016 BMW X1 and the other with a photo of the current model it will be nearly impossible to spot the differences between the two Bimmers. Or you can learn from my mistakes and save your time. You’ll have to place them side by side to notice the changes. And once you do, they’ll stand out like a sore thumb. Well, maybe not sore thumb, but the more you compare the two compact crossovers the more differences you’ll see from every angle.
The 2016 BMW X1 has new headlights that fit better proportionally than the old ones. A larger arch in the lower bumper helps fill those proportions as well. Fog lights remain below the headlights like tear drops under eyes. Although not by much the 2016 X1 is larger than the current version. While the first-gen X1 looked flat, even squished, with a long hood and a sloped, hatchback-like rear end the new X1 appears leaner and more compact. Tail lights are much cleaner with a smoother transition connecting the two pieces. The old ones looked jagged and awkward. Reflector lights are well placed between the plastic and metal in the rear bumper. It’s a small but nice touch.
Interior is much easier to differentiate. Gone is the dome-like dashboard in favour of a flatter surface. The centre console has been completely redesigned but is still dominated by buttons. This is a good thing considering many automakers are switching to touch screens. The steering wheel has also been reworked to include more buttons and functionality.
As you stare at the 2016 BMW X1 you’ll realize the design has evolved the compact crossover into a cleaner, leaner, and modern vehicle. It’s now a smaller X3, which is a smaller X5. So if you like the Bimmer crossovers you just have to choose the size that fits your needs.