BMW

BMW X1 DIESEL ESTATE xDrive 18d M Sport 5dr [Tech Pack II]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2147 g/km

The X1, BMW's most compact sports utility vehicle, has been quite a success in the UK. This improved MK2 model aims to build on that, being smarter and better equipped and now offering the option of plug-in petrol power. Will this revitalised X1 continue to hit this segment's sweet spot?

AN X CLOSER TO THE SPOT

The improved second generation version of BMW's smallest SUV, the X1, seems a much stronger all-round proposition. Jonathan Crouch checks it out..

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The X1, BMW's most compact sports utility vehicle, has been quite a success in the UK. This improved MK2 model aims to build on that, being smarter and better equipped and now offering the option of plug-in petrol power. Will this revitalised X1 continue to hit this segment's sweet spot?

Background

The first generation version of the X1, BMW's smallest SUV - which the Munich maker insists on calling an 'SAV' (or 'Sports Activity Vehicle') - had a troubled birth. First launched in 2009, it was initially criticised for its looks and for not driving as a Beemer should. Yet its popularity endured among its buyers and in 2015, its fans were rewarded with a second generation version which proved to be taller, roomier and cheaper to run. That's sold well but since 2015, a range of tough competitors have arrived in to the marketplace for premium compact SUVs, including cars like the Volvo XC40, the Jaguar E-PACE and the Lexus UX. So BMW has improved the the second generation X1. Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

The MK2 model X1 uses BMW's efficient generation of four-cylinder engines. Plus the brand's intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which distributes the engine's power between the front and rear axles as the situation requires, has been upgraded. Most buyers though, will be happy with front-wheel-drive. There's also a wide track, short overhangs and the usual 50:50 weight distribution. The petrol range only comes with sDrive 2WD and starts with the 140hp 1.5-litre sDrive 18i model available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch auto. The petrol alternative is the 2.0-litre X1 sDrive20i, which delivers a total power output of 192hp and can only be specified with a seven-speed Sport dual-clutch automatic. There's also an xDrive 25e petrol/electric plug-in hybrid version. Here, a BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, which generates 125hp and peak torque of 220Nm, powers the front wheels, while an electric drive system with rated output of 95hp and torque of 165Nm channels its power to the rear wheels. The interplay of the two power sources produces an intelligent, part-electric version of BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology. Most X1 sales though, are made with the two 2.0-litre diesel variants. There's a 150hp 2WD sDrive18d diesel variant, offered with either sDrive 2WD or xDrive 4WD and available with an 8-speed Steptronic auto gearbox as an alternative to the usual slick 6-speed BMW manual stick shifter. Or you can have an xDrive-only 190bhp 4WD xDrive20d model, which comes only with eight-speed Sport automatic transmission that enables it to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.8s and go on to a top speed of 136mph.

Design and Build

This second generation 'F48'-series X1 remains unmistakably a BMW and has been updated with a larger BMW kidney grille and standard full-LED headlights. The front bumper now boasts integral LED foglamps and all model variants feature larger air intakes. Another change can be found at the driver's-side exterior mirror, which projects a two-tone LED 'X1' image when the car is unlocked. At the rear, there are revised LED tail light and redesigned inlays on the apron. The four-cylinder variants get twin tailpipes. Inside, 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. The updated interior details include contrast stitching on the instrument panel, which is black on its upper section and adopts the car's individual upholstery colour lower down. There's also an updated Navigation system with either an 8.8-inch screen or the optional 10.25-inch Touch Control Display. Either way, this allows access to the sixth generation of BMW's iDrive infotainment system that introduces touchscreen control for the Control Display alongside the iDrive Controller and optional intelligent voice control. A head-up display is also available. Boot capacity remains at a practical 505-litres. It can be upped to as much as 1,550-litres by folding down the standard 40:20:40 split rear seat. A 60:40 split-rear bench is an option that can come with individual elements able to slide the seat forward or back by up to 13cms.

Market and Model

X1 pricing starts from around £29,000 but most variants are sold in the £30,000-£35,000 bracket. The standard specification is pretty complete, running to include BMW's iDrive operating system with its high-resolution 8.8-inch colour display, a six-speaker audio system, plus a USB socket. Also standard are LED daytime driving lights, an automatic tailgate, front foglamps, remote-controlled central locking and keyless ignition, plus electric windows, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors and a leather steering wheel adjustable for height and reach. Options across the range include a panoramic glass roof, a DAB radio, a larger control screen and a Head-up display. The various 'SE', 'xLine', 'Sport' and 'M Sport' trim levels are differentiated by different colour grilles, side skirts and air intakes, as well as by various different kinds of sports seat. The 'M Sport version' comes equipped with upgraded M Sport suspension and the M Aerodynamics package. It also features Heated Front Seats, Folding Exterior Mirrors, Extended Lighting as well as Dakota Leather upholstery as standard. The front apron, side skirts, wheel arch trim, diffuser and cladding on the BMW X1 M Sport come in body colour. Particularly eye-catching are features such as air intakes for the newly designed bumper (with Air Curtain Technology) that are even larger than on the other model variants.

Cost of Ownership

Alet's get to the WLTP-rated fuel and CO2 figures. In manual form, the sDrive 18i petrol model manages up to 42.8mpg and up to 149g/km of CO2. The 2.0-litre petrol X1 xDrive 20i model is quick, but its official WLTP combined cycle fuel consumption is up to 40.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of up to 156g/km. Turbocharging and common-rail direct injection imbue the preferable diesel engines with strong efficiency. For the xDrive 18d, it's up to 51.4mpg and 145g/km in manual guise. For the sDrive 18d, it's up to 55.4mpg and up to 133g/km in manual form. The xDrive20d auto manages up to 49.6mpg and up to 148g/km. All these figures assume that you've chosen to use the standard 'Drive Performance Control' system in its most frugal 'ECO PRO' setting. If you want to do better, then you need to ask your dealer about the xDrive 25e petrol/electric plug-in hybrid version. This blends its petrol engine with a 9.7 kWh battery that enables it to cover more than 32 miles on electric power alone. The stats are up to 166.2mpg and up to 40g/km.

Summary

In second generation form, the X1 set its sights a little higher in terms of quality and drive dynamics and has reaped the rewards in this growing market. This revised version builds on that step forward. Yes, there are smarter and more purposeful-looking SUVs and Crossovers you could buy for the same kind of money, but against those, this BMW offers a range of unique selling points. It's alone in this segment in offering the option of a rewarding rear-wheel drive layout. And a smooth and sophisticated 8-speed automatic gearbox. Plus you get ride quality that's arguably best in class. It all adds up to a car very well worth short-listing if you're looking for a satisfying ownership proposition amongst the many premium compact SUVs and Crossovers now on sale. It still isn't an obvious choice. But now, it's one you might just enjoy making.

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

  • 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

  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
  • BMW remote services
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Park assist system
  • Servotronic Power Assisted Steering
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Electro hydraulically controlled multi plate clutch in rear axle
  • Energy efficient operating strategy
  • Variable and stepless distribution of drive torque between front and rear axle

  • Automatic tailgate opening

  • Tyre puncture warning system
  • BMW Online services
  • On board computer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Ambient temperature display
  • Service interval indicator
  • Head up Display
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • BMW Navigation plus system
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • 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
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • Instrument cluster with Black optic display featuring superimposed dials and 5.7" colour display
  • 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

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

  • DAB Digital radio

  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes x2
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • M logo designation in side chrome
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Rear window aerial
  • Model designation
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • 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

  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Headlight beam throw control
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • 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
  • 12v power point in centre console
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Leather gearknob/gaiter/handbrake grip
  • Front centre armrest/sliding cover
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • Gearshift lever with M designation
  • Conditioned based service
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • M Sport nappa leather 3-spoke steering wheel
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
  • 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
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof linings
  • Single turbo charger
  • Centre armrest in 20 degree part rear seat backrest

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

  • Standing free front adjustable armrest and fixed in different positions
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • 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
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Remote control with integrated key with M specific highlight
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment

  • Performance Control
  • Transmission of power to rear axle via front axle differential and two-part cardan shaft
  • xDrive intelligent four wheel drive system

  • 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): 68
  • CO: 0.126
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.035
  • HC+NOx: 0.069
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • CO2 (g/km): 125
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 147

  • 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: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 53.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 64.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 48.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.8

  • 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 [Tech II]
  • Coin Description: xDrive 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): 9.3
  • 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: 1585
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2170
  • 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

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

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

  • Reversing camera: £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

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

  • 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
  • Bike rack preparation: £180
  • 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

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

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

  • Comfort pack 2 - X1: £1,000
  • Technology pack 1 - X1: £900

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

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Individual metallic paint - Storm Bay: £560

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

  • 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

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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