A week after first seeing it, I finally got to drive out of the parking lot with the 2017 BMW X1. The engine in this car is turbo diesel, something I’m noticing whenever I accelerate, it definitely responds.

After driving home on Friday, I hooked up the mobile hands-free kit to one of the air vents, unbeknownst to me when doing so I inadvertently turned off the stereo; I spent ages trying to fix Bluetooth afterwards thinking something had gone wrong with syncing, ugh! The speakers in the car are wonderful, definitely suited to my techno music, though one annoyance is it resetting volume each trip, I haven’t found yet if I can change this behaviour.

I started reading the owner’s manual that evening, a rarity for me, opening the front page to a QR code that told me this manual was downloadable as an app, I’m in love! A great app to, checks which model you have and downloads content specific to that car. There’s videos (linked to a YouTube channel) and animations to explain concepts, plus a searchable detailed manual; well made and thought out.

Living in Western Australia a hot summer is just something you suck up and experience for way too long, a handy feature inbuilt to the keys is pressing the open button for an extended period, this then opens all your windows and sun roof to vent some of that hot air; pressing lock for similar periods works in reverse.

Unlike many cars nowadays the BMW comes with a central-console joggle to control your car’s screen. It takes a bit of getting used to, but you get there eventually. There’s a million options to navigate here, though most likely multimedia and navigation are most likely used. I’ve never had an in-car navigation system before, always relying on my iPhone, so the complexity of specifying a destination surprised me a little. This system will be useful as previously the iPhone apps have proven unreliable on occasion. The instructions were quite “formal” by comparison other systems I’ve used in hire cars or even Siri, though easily understood.

So nice to have it and drive!

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