Alongside the launch of the new 1 series BMW has released details of the new X1, BMW’s smallest SAV. With a raised ride height and seating position giving drivers a more commanding view of the road, it should appeal to many consumers. As far as design goes it falls into line with most of the new generation of SAV/SUVs from BMW. Purposeful crease lines and bold signature BMW Kidney grill make it unmistakably a BMW.
Three new powertrain options will be available from the onset with 2 diesel versions and a petrol model starting with the X1 sDrive 16d. The 16d is powered by the new 85kw/270nm 1.5l 3 cylinders that can be found in the new 116d 1 series. Performance is rated at average with 11.5 seconds required to complete the 0-100kmh sprint but it makes up for this in its low consumption of the only 4.4l per 100km. The top of the line diesel is represented by the X1 xDrive 25d, with the 2.0l four-pot diesel providing 170kw and an impressive 450nm of torque. This model is also equipped with BMW’s xDrive 4wd system that allows it to accelerate to 100kmh in a fairly rapid 6.6 seconds, as quick as most hot hatches. It still manages to sip fuel at a claimed 5.2l per 100km.
The petrol powered model uses BMW’s 2.0l Twinpower turbo petrol combined with the 8-speed Steptronic and xDrive to shave a further 0.1 seconds off the 25d’s sprint time. 170kw and 350nm are the claimed outputs for the 25i whilst consuming 6.8l per 100km. My pick of the bunch would definitely be the 25d as the performance is the same with much lower fuel consumption but there is also a couple of hybrid versions on the way.
Life on the inside.
The central theme of the X1 interior is comfort and technology, the latter includes as standard a 6.5-inch centrally positioned screen.
If a navigation system is specified, either an 8.8-inch or the new 10.25-inch Touch Control Display comes as part of the package. Another head-turning element of the cockpit is the modern black-panel technology included as standard in every BMW X1 for the instrument cluster. It comes with a 2.7-inch TFT Info Display in base trim or a 5.7-inch TFT Info Display if a navigation system has been specified.
The BMW X1 is offered with three new upholstery variants. New for cars with the Base equipment level and optional sports seats are the cloth/Sensatec combination in Anthracite with Grey accenting. On Sport Line cars, this specification comes as standard with Grey accenting or as an option with Orange accents. The BMW X1 M Sport now comes as standard with Micro Hexagon fabric/Sensatec upholstery in Black with M piping. No fewer than 13 colour and material combinations are available for the interior of the BMW X1.