BMW

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

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2149 g/km

One in every ten BMWs sold is an X1 and that figure's set to rise as the compact SUV segment continues to grow. This improved version of the 'F48'-series MK2 model aims to capitalise on this sector's popularity, providing potential Qashqai-class buyers with a premium-badged option that's now an even classier choice. Efficiency, practicality and cabin quality are all strongpoints. So will this revitalised X1 continue to hit this segment's sweet spot? We tried an xDrive20d variant in order to find out.

X MARKS THE SPOT

The X1 is BMW's premium compact SUV and the second generation version of this model has been much improved. Jonathan Crouch looks at the xDrive20d version.

Ten Second Review

One in every ten BMWs sold is an X1 and that figure's set to rise as the compact SUV segment continues to grow. This improved version of the 'F48'-series MK2 model aims to capitalise on this sector's popularity, providing potential Qashqai-class buyers with a premium-badged option that's now an even classier choice. Efficiency, practicality and cabin quality are all strongpoints. So will this revitalised X1 continue to hit this segment's sweet spot? We tried an xDrive20d variant in order to find out.

Background

Today, it's hard to imagine a BMW line-up without an X Series range of performance-minded SUV models. The Bavarian brand calls these 'SAV's or 'Sports Activity Vehicles' and these days, they account for over a fifth of the company's worldwide sales, with the starting point of the line-up the model we're going to look at here - a substantially improved version of the 'F48'-series second generation X1. This car has sold in its hundreds of thousands; in 2018 alone, almost 280,000 X1 models found new owners, which made this car the segment's sales leader. But the Bavarian maker is well aware that the competition is gaining ground. Hence the need for a significant package of X1 changes to keep pace, creating the car we're going to look at here. It's smarter inside and out and better connected too. Sounds promising. Let's check out this rejuvenated X1 in xDrive20d form.

Driving Experience

You don't primarily buy a compact SUV of this kind to throw it about, though if you do so here, you'll actually find that this car is slightly more interesting to drive than most of its class counterparts. Why? Well because all the key elements are in place for a decent driving experience: namely a low centre of gravity, a wide track, optimised weight, a stiff body structure and, as you'd expect from a BMW, near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Don't get us wrong; this car isn't one you'd take out and drive just for the fun of it, but if you do have to push on in this BMW, there's a bit more to the experience than is the case with most rivals. As before, the engine you choose will dictate whether your X1 is available in either front-driven 'sDrive' guise or all-wheel-driven 'xDrive' form. The 4x4 'xDrive' layout gives you just enough on-demand traction for icy days and muddy tracks. We tried the xDrive20d diesel version, which uses the brand's 2.0-litre Twin-Power diesel unit in a 190hp state of tune, which boosts torque to 400Nm. This variant has a significantly higher braked towing capacity than other models in the range, rated at 2.0-tonnes. The 'xDrive20d' gets from rest to 62mph in 7.4s en route to 136mph and uses a standard 8-speed automatic gearbox. Whatever engine you choose in your X1, you'll find it designed to work with a standard vehicle dynamics system that these days is very familiar to BMW drivers, 'Drive Performance Control', the rocker switch for which you'll find down by the gearstick.

Design and Build

If you happen to be familiar with the original version of this MK2 model, the first thing you'll notice is this improved model's larger grille, which sees the two kidney-shaped intakes now meeting in the middle. The lights flanking this aperture are different too, piercing full-LED beams featuring for the first time. Things have also been spruced up lower down, the previous rather bland arrangement (circular fog lamps and blanked-off corner outlets) replaced by a more confident intake design with smaller rectangular LED fog lamps. And up-front in the cabin? Well this is the part of the X1 that we think will really sell this car to potential buyers. Look around and the high quality layered fascia curves around the interior in a symmetrical wave garnished with textured aluminium, satin chrome inlays and carefully-chosen splashes of brightwork. As before, there's a slightly raised seating position that places you perfectly in front of a set of semi-digitalised dials. The changes made as part of the facelift package are really of the detail kind - things like new upholstery options and the addition of contrast stitching on the instrument panel. Of more significance is the adoption of a larger central media screen for the iDrive infotainment system, being 8.8-inches as standard, with a larger 10.25-inch 'BMW Navigation Plus' touchscreen display available at extra cost. The rear seat is enhanced by the availability of a sliding rear bench which offers 130mm of back-and-forth adjustment - though you have to pay extra for it. Out back, there's a 508-litre boot.

Market and Model

X1 pricing starts from around £29,000, but for the xDrive20d we tested, you'll need from around £35,000. There are four trim levels - 'SE', 'Sport', 'xLine' and 'M Sport', each one with its own unique styling and equipment package. With this more powerful model, you have to have the xDrive 4x4 set-up. And you also have to have auto transmission - a torque converter 'Sport' auto 'box. Even the thriftiest 'SE' trim level gives you plenty of kit. To be specific, 17-inch V-Spoke alloy wheels, LED headlamps, LED front fog lights, an automatic tailgate, roof rails, Park Distance Control front and rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors, an alarm, auto headlamps and wipers and a chrome-finished exhaust pipe. Inside, the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest is standard-fit, plus there are niceties like two-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control with a speed limiter and a 'Sport' multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel. In addition, there's the 'Drive Performance Control' system that, via 'ECO PRO', 'Comfort' and 'Sport' modes, allows you to alter throttle response, steering feel and, on an auto model, gearchange timing, all of it better suiting the way you want to drive. You'll want to know about infotainment too. All X1 models come with the usual BMW iDrive system that in standard form now features an 8-inch colour screen, your access point for Bluetooth with audio streaming, Navigation and a decent quality six-speaker DAB stereo.

Cost of Ownership

If you're looking at the 190hp xDrive 20d derivative, then you can expect up to 50.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 123g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. Or, to put it another way, you can expect to be able to go around ten miles further on every gallon that you would in a directly comparable Audi Q3 40 TDI and put out 23g/km less CO2. What else? Well as usual with a BMW, there's a condition-based service indicator on the dash to advise you when your car needs a garage visit, but new to me was the clever 'TeleServices' feature that comes as part of the BMW 'ConnectedDrive' services you can access through the iDrive infotainment system. Via this, before each service appointment is due, your X1 can put in a 'TeleServices' call to your nominated BMW service centre, complete with detailed information on vehicle condition. On to the warranty package. BMW offers a warranty that lasts for three years, no matter how many miles you complete. As for residual values, well industry specialists CAP reckon these will be very strong indeed. Depending on specification, after three years of use, your X1 should still be worth just over 50% of what you originally paid for it. You'll struggle to find a class rival that can better that. We'll finish with insurance. The xDrive20d is rated at group 28 or 29.

Summary

And in summary? Well we can see why this X1 is the best selling contender of its kind. The brand might continue to prefer not to call this an 'SUV' but the truth is that amongst compact models, this X1 continues to epitomise the kind of car that term now defines in today's market. It delivers all the key elements needed from a modern fashion-led compact family crossover, especially in this xDrive20d form. But it also has an essential dose of that BMW 'want one' factor that's done so much for the Munich maker's sales. You'll need to be convinced of that to choose one, but if you are, you'll find this Bavarian model difficult to ignore in this over-crowded sector. The X Factor? You might well think this car has it.

  • 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+)
  • Braking readiness
  • Brake drying
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • 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

  • BMW remote services
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Park assist system
  • Servotronic Power Assisted Steering
  • 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
  • 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
  • BMW Navigation plus system
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Arrow pointers, north up, direction of travel and perspective map displays
  • Operation by iDrive with direct selection buttons and 8 programmable buttons
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • Instrument cluster with Black optic display featuring superimposed dials and 5.7" colour display

  • 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

  • Balancer shaft
  • High precision injection
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Double VANOS
  • Stop/start function
  • 12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
  • 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
  • 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
  • Model designation
  • Rear window aerial
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • M logo designation in side chrome
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Lightweight engineering

  • Headlight beam throw control
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • 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
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Leather gearknob/gaiter/handbrake grip
  • Front centre armrest/sliding cover
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Anthracite headlining
  • 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
  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
  • M Sport nappa leather 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Conditioned based service
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof linings
  • Centre armrest in 20 degree part rear seat backrest
  • 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

  • Audio/visual collision warning system
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • 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
  • Driver/front passenger seat backrest back with luggage net
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • 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
  • 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
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Remote control with integrated key with M specific highlight

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

  • 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: 0.094
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.024
  • HC+NOx: 0.061
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • CO2 (g/km): 122
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 177
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 182
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 152
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 149

  • 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): 55.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 64.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.9

  • 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): 9.4
  • 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: 1610
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2190
  • 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: 580
  • 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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