Complete buyers guide to the BMW X1

Brought into the market back in 2009, the X1 is BMW’s entry-level SUV. Even with their expanding range of SUVs over the years, the X1 remains its smallest crossover offering to date.

Proven to be a popular choice for SUV drivers, its now in its second generation and follows suit from the original. If you’re looking into the X1, here’s everything you need to know below…

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Powertrains to choose from

Currently on the X1, two petrol and two diesel engines are available to choose from. The base model (sDrive18i) being a 1.5-litre petrol outputting 38bhp with a choice of either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic.

For drivers wanting higher performance, the more powerful petrol badged sDrive20i and xDrive 20i options have 2.0-litre 187bhp engines with an option of two or four-wheel drive.

Choosing diesel, powertrains include a 147bhp 2.0-litre engine that has 350Nm of torque and a range-topping 187bhp 2.0-litre – only available with four-wheel drive.

The BMW X1 offers a good amount of performance and economy, the 187bhp diesel can manage 0-60mph in 7.8 seconds with a claimed fuel consumption of 48.6mpg which is a decent figure when considering a car of this size.

Looking ahead, a new plug-In hybrid model named xDrive25e is due to go on sale in 2020.

Trim options on offer

BMW offers four trim levels to choose from – SE, Sport, xLine and M Sport. There are four trim options to choose from on the BMW X1 regarding which price/performance level you’re looking for: SE, Sport, xLine, M Sport. Details for each trim option is available below.

SE – Starting From £28,795

Going for the base level trim, the SE comes with a good amount of equipment; a powered tailgate, LED headlights, taillights and dual-zone climate control. While also including cruise control including a braking function.

Sport – Starting From £30,545

Stepping up to the sport version, a little bit more pricey but the racey features such as 18-inch Sport allow wheels, exclusive sport front and rear bumpers, Sport front seats with contract stitching on the instrument panel for the cabin will definitely not go unnoticed.

xLine – Starting From £31,545

The xLine definitely has a more rugged feel to it, focusing more on the off-road exterior styling. Including Dakota leather upholstery, heated front seats and electric folding exterior mirrors.

M Sport – Starting From £32,345

One to get the hearts racing, the top of the range M Sport brings M Aerodynamic exterior styling with an aluminium interior trim with Estoril Blue finisher complimented with an M Sport leather steering wheel

What about personalisation?

Wheel options are great for personalisation across the trim levels, each option has a selection based on its focus. The M Sport would get a racier choice of options compared to other options, while xLine models are more inclined to be towards off-road-ready style rims.

One thing to keep in mind is that when choosing from the trim level options list, this can have an effect on your colour choices. The M Sport having less to choose from compared to other trims. Although Black Sapphire metallic, Alpine White and Mineral Grey Metallic are an available option across the model list.


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