BMW

BMW X1 DIESEL ESTATE sDrive 18d M Sport 5dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2142 g/km

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BMW's second generation X1 brings fine handling and a touch of class to the growing Crossover market that's suiting people who want an SUV feel without its associated costs. June Neary reports

Will It Suit Me?

It's taken the motor industry quite a time to realise that typical buyers like me don't want a fully-fledged 4x4 SUV, even in compact form. They're too expensive and pricey to run. However, we do want the high driving position and purposeful design cues associated with cars like these. We want the best of both worlds. Cars called 'Crossovers' have been developed to meet this need and it's at the top of this little group that the model I'm testing this week resides, BMW's second generation X1. In principle, it'd be ideal for me - but in practice? Let's find out.

Practicalities

In the cabin, there's BMW's usual fine balance between driver focus and practical elegance. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and centre console controls are angled towards the driver, while the controls located in the lower section are surrounded by quality surfaces and are separated from the front passenger side by a smartly-designed bar. Rear seat accommodation will be fine for two adults once they've entered through the rather narrow door apertures and provided that they're under six feet tall. On shorter trips, you can squash up to provide space for a third middle seat occupant provided they're not the whinging sort likely to object to the bulky central transmission tunnel. The designers claim that there's an extra 37mm more kneeroom this time round, a figure you can extend to a limousine-like 66mm if you pay extra for a sliding rear bench which offers 130mm of back-and-forth adjustment. It's annoying that this feature's optional, but otherwise irritations here are few. Some might question BMW's decision to provide only a single 12v socket as a means for rear passengers to charge their various electronic devices - and a few parents might wish that an ISOFIX childseat fastening was provided for the middle seat as well as the two outer ones. Otherwise, there's precious little to criticise here. With the optional seatback tables, it'll even feel rather MPV-like and if you pay the extra for the Panoramic glass roof, the otherwise rather dark cabin can be flooded with a welcome burst of sunlight.

Behind the Wheel

On the move, this second generation X1 feels quite different from its predecessor, with a higher-set driving position that's less sporty but more commanding than before. All the key elements are in place for a decent driving experience and there's a 'Drive Performance Control' vehicle dynamics system that, via three main modes, 'ECO PRO', 'Comfort' and 'Sport', allows you to tweak throttle response, steering feel and stability control thresholds. Gearshift timings too if you've opted for the 8-speed automatic gearbox that I think many X1 buyers will want. You have to have this auto transmission if you go for the 192bhp xDrive 20i petrol version or the top 231bhp xDrive 25d diesel. Otherwise, an auto 'box is an option across the range. X1 buyers get a front-driven 'sDrive' set-up on lower-powered models and a 4x4 'xDrive' layout for the pokier variants that gives you just enough on-demand traction for icy days and muddy tracks. Enginewise, the line-up starts with the three cylinder 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units that BMW has borrowed from the MINI and fits to the base sDrive 18i and sDrive 16d derivatives. Otherwise, you'll be looking at the Bavarian brand's 2.0-litre TwinPower diesel unit. This comes with 150bhp in the 'sDrive 18d' and 'xDrive 18d' models, or with 190bhp in the volume xDrive 20d variant I tried.

Value For Money

This second generation X1 range is priced between £27,000 and £36,000, with the mid-range xDrive 20d model I tried - the one most buyers will want - needing a budget starting from just over £32,000, about the same as you'd spend on a 4WD 320d version of BMW's 3 Series Touring estate. Overall, we're talking of figures that see this second generation X1 pitched a little more expensively this time round - which is significant. At the bottom of the range, BMW offers its three cylinder MINI-derived engines in the front-driven 136bhp sDrive 18i and 116bhp sDrive 16d models, with either six speed manual or automatic transmission. I decided though, to focus on one of the four cylinder units the range was initially launched with, these being the powerplants most customers want and the ones that can be ordered with 4WD. The four cylinder line-up is focused around BMW's familiar range of 2.0-litre TwinPower diesel units, the starting point being a 150bhp '18d' variant that can either be ordered in 'sDrive' front-driven form or, for a £1,500 premium, in 'xDrive' 4x4 guise. With the remaining versions, provision of the xDrive system is non-negotiable and in concert with the 190bhp diesel I tried, it's a set-up that makes the xDrive 20d model a strong package. The 231bhp xDrive 25d version offers an even pokier alternative and across the 2.0-litre diesel range, there's the usual £1,550 option of the company's 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. For the few buyers who'll be looking at fuelling from the green pump, there's a single automatic-only 192bhp xDrive 20i petrol variant.

Could I Live With One?

There are plenty of people ready to be cynical about lifestyle SUVs and the Crossover models that copy them but reality is that without these kinds of models, the 4x4 market would have petered out here long ago. With this MK2 model X1, BMW has looked carefully at this sector and produced a product carefully designed to suit. There are premium prices true, but it's decent value and provides most of what you get in a BMW 3 Series Touring in a better value package. On that basis, it gets my vote.

  • Rear window wash/wipe
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing glass

  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Brake drying
  • Braking readiness
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Front ventilated disc brakes
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Brake energy regeneration

  • Anthracite floor mats with M specific designation

  • Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Anti-roll bars

  • Apple CarPlay

  • BMW remote services
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
  • Park assist system
  • Servotronic Power Assisted Steering

  • Automatic tailgate opening

  • Tyre puncture warning system
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • On board computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Ambient temperature display
  • Service interval indicator
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • Instrument cluster with Black optic display featuring superimposed dials and 5.7" colour display
  • BMW Navigation system with 8.8" monitor and 800X480 pixel resolution
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Arrow pointers, north up, direction of travel and perspective map displays
  • Operation by iDrive with direct selection buttons and 8 programmable buttons
  • Characteristic map controlled oil pump system
  • Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
  • Integrated hard drive with map data updates via USB interface

  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel

  • Double VANOS
  • Stop/start function
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • High precision injection
  • 12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
  • Balancer shaft
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • DOHC valvetrain with two upper camshafts
  • Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase

  • DAB Digital radio

  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes x2
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M logo designation in side chrome
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Rear window aerial
  • Model designation
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Body colour wheel arches and side sills
  • Kidney grille with 14 chrome high gloss black vertical bars
  • Aero curtain
  • Roof mouldings in matt black
  • Front bumper air intakes with dark shadow finisher
  • Rear bumper with dark shadow and underbody protection in body colour
  • Front air inlets in matt black with silver finisher matt
  • Front air guide finished in black silver
  • Sill cover matt black with matt silver insert

  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Headlight beam throw control
  • Adjustable headlights
  • High level third brake light
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED direction indicator lights in headlight eyebrow
  • Two eye face design on light
  • BMW Icon design LED daytime driving lights

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning

  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • 12v power point in centre console
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Leather gearknob/gaiter/handbrake grip
  • Front centre armrest/sliding cover
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • Conditioned based service
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
  • Luggage compartment access via recessed handle below tailgate
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
  • M Sport nappa leather 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Centre armrest in 20 degree part rear seat backrest
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof linings
  • Single turbo charger

  • Front centre interior light over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Boot light
  • Welcome lighting

  • Extended lights pack - X1
  • Extended storage package - X1

  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Audio/visual collision warning system
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Twin horns
  • Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Side impact protection
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Three point seat belts in all belts

  • Standing free front adjustable armrest and fixed in different positions
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats
  • Driver/front passenger seat backrest back with luggage net
  • Front/rear adjustable head restraints
  • Front sports seats
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat

  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control with integrated key with M specific highlight
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning

  • Eight speed sport automatic transmission
  • Performance Control

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

  • 18" M double-spoke light alloy wheels finished in Ferric grey and burnished - style 570M

  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • CO: 0.098
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.026
  • HC+NOx: 0.059
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • CO2 (g/km): 114
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 139
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 142

  • Engine Code: B47C20U1
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 57.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 70.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.6

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • Coin Description: sDrive d
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 74
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 77
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 24E

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 258
  • Engine Torque - NM: 350
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.4
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 35.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 570
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2060
  • Height: 1598
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4447
  • Width: 1821
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1540
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2125
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 505
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 585
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1550
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • Collision mitigation braking system: Included

  • Adaptive suspension: £150
  • M sport suspension: Included

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £0
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming: Included

  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention: Included
  • Active cruise control with stop and go function: £0
  • Reversing camera: £0
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Traffic jam assist: £0

  • Fineline stream wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £120
  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish: £0
  • Brushed aluminium interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £0
  • Aluminium hexagon interior trim with estoril blue finish: Included

  • 51 Litre fuel tank: Included
  • Larger fuel tank capacity (61 litres): £50

  • BMW professional radio includes amplifier power 100w, Two mide range speakers in door trims and two woofers as central bass speaker under front seats: Included
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600

  • Individual metallic paint: £560
  • High gloss shadow line roof rails: Included
  • Matt aluminium roof rails: £0
  • Car jack: £0
  • Electric dual tilt/slide panoramic glass sunroof: £1,000
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Solid paint: Included
  • High gloss shadow line: Included
  • Satin matt aluminium exterior trim: £0
  • Bike rack preparation: £180

  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £0
  • LED Headlights: Included

  • Luggage compartment separating net: £150
  • Heated steering wheel: £0

  • Driving assistant plus pack - X1: £1,150
  • Technology pack 1 - X1: £900
  • Comfort pack 2 - X1: £1,000

  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £560
  • Metallic - Misano blue: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Individual metallic paint - Storm Bay: £560

  • Sliding rear seat bench: £350
  • Manual height adjustable front seats: Included
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £230
  • Electrically adjustable front seats - driver seat with memory: £0

  • Comfort access system: £0

  • Towbar with detachable ball: £600

  • Dakota leather - Black with blue stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Oyster with grey stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Mocha with contrast stitching: £0

  • Space saver spare wheel (Reduces boot capacity by 85 litres): £150
  • Tyre mobility system: Included

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