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BMW X1 xdrive 23d auto

Bril­liant to drive and has that su­perb BMW build qual­ity. My X1 can han­dle tow­ing eas­ily; the ac­cel­er­a­tion is ex­cel­lent with a car­a­van sit­ting be­hind, and while the econ­omy suf­fers in such cir­cum­stances, that’s to be ex­pected. The twin­turbo en­gine gives you plenty of torque when you need it and it has no trou­ble with hills or mo­tor­ways. Ted

BMW X1 xdrive 20d

Af­ter pur­chas­ing my new X1 I de­cided to up­grade the car­a­van to a Bai­ley Pageant S6 Bur­gundy. The X1 is bril­liant: it tows like a dream and suf­fers no ill ef­fects from side winds. It’s also ex­cel­lent at stand­ing starts on hills. A New­man

BMW X1 xdrive 18d auto

I tow a 2002 Abbey Aven­tura 320 (1360kg MTPLM) with my X1, so the weight ra­tio is spot on. The eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box is a de­light and gives fan­tas­tic per­for­mance. On a re­cent trip, I towed from South Wales to North Devon via the no­to­ri­ous A361 (which is a killer for econ­omy) and re­turned 28mpg+. Is this my best tow car? Well, it is cer­tainly up there. I’ve towed the same car­a­van with a Land Rover Free­lander, a Ford Mon­deo and a Saab 9-3. The BMW is as sure­footed as the Free­lander and as pow­er­ful as the Saab. Driv­ing solo, there is no com­pe­ti­tion. Tim

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