Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Active Guard
  • Ambient temperature display
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Automatic tailgate opening
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW remote services
  • BMW teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator, front and rear
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Navigation system + 8.8" monitor
  • On board computer
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Park assist system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Real time traffic information
  • Service interval indicator
  • Servotronic PAS
  • Speed limit info display
  • Stop/start button
  • Tyre puncture warning system

Entertainment

  • 2 USB Power socket for rear seat
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection located in centre console
  • USB/audio interface

Exterior Features

  • Adjustable headlights
  • Aero curtain
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body colour front bumper underbody protection
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators
  • Exclusive front door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Fingertip control / anti-trap function on electric window
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front air guide finished in black silver
  • Front air inlets with high gloss black finisher
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing glass
  • Headlight beam throw control
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High gloss shadow line
  • High level third brake light
  • Kidney grille with 14 chrome black vertical bars
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Model designation
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear bumper underbody protection in body colour with high gloss black insert
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear window aerial
  • Rear window wash/wipe
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Roof mounldings in matt black
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Sill cover finished in body colour and matt black
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes x2
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 3 spoke sport leather steering wheel
  • 4 grab handles
  • 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Automatic light activation
  • Black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Boot light
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Driver + passenger vanity mirrors
  • Driver/front passenger seat backrest back with luggage net
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Extended storage
  • Foldable rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders and storage compartment
  • Front and rear door armrests
  • Front centre armrest/sliding cover
  • Front sports seats
  • Front/rear adjustable head restraints
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Leather gearknob/gaiter/handbrake grip
  • LED ambient lighting in door trim
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Luggage compartment access via recessed handle below tailgate
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Velour floor carpets
  • Welcome lighting

Packs

  • Storage package - X1

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Audio/visual collision warning system
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking readiness
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Front ventilated disc brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Auto door lock when driving
  • 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
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Remote control with integrated two key

Technical

  • 12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
  • Anti-roll bars
  • Balancer shaft
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Electronic differential lock
  • High precision injection
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Performance Control
  • Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve

Trim

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel
  • High gloss black centre console

Wheels

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

Emissions

CO

0.098

CO2 (g/km)

114

HC

HC+NOx

0.059

Noise Level dB(A)

66

NOx

0.026

Particles

0.0001

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1995

Compression Ratio

16.5:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

84

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

90

Engine Code

B47C20U1

Engine Layout

NORTH SOUTH

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

8 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

64.2

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

70.6

EC Urban (mpg)

57.6

General

Badge Engine CC

2

Badge Power

150

Based On ID

Coin Description

sDrive d

Coin Series

Sport

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

23E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

6

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

90

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

87

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

74

NCAP Safety Assist %

77

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

24

Service Interval Mileage

18000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9.4

Engine Power - BHP

150

Engine Power - KW

110

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

258

Engine Torque - MKG

35.7

Engine Torque - NM

350

Engine Torque - RPM

1750

Top Speed

127

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/50 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/50 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

DOUBLE SPOKE

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1598

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4447

Wheelbase

2670

Width

1821

Width (including mirrors)

2060

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

51

Gross Vehicle Weight

2125

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1550

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

505

Max. Loading Weight

585

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1800

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

750

Minimum Kerbweight

1540

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.4

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Summary

To buy this X1 in its original form, you needed to be sold on the idea of a BMW and be possessed of a budget not quite generous enough to get yourself the kind of larger X3 model you'd ideally have chosen. In this much improved second generation form however, this car has set its sights a little higher. 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 far smoother and more sophisticated 8-speed automatic gearbox. Plus you get ride quality that's arguably best in class. It all adds up to a car now very well worth short-listing if you're looking for a satisfying ownership proposition amongst the many compact SUVs and Crossovers now on sale. It still isn't an obvious choice. But now, it's one you might just enjoy making.

Background

The original 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 has endured among its buyers. Now its fans are being rewarded with a second generation version which is taller, roomier and cheaper to run. There's a fresh range of engines and gearboxes, an improved 4x4 system and plenty of up-to-date tech. And it's available with front-wheel drive....

Driving Experience

The MK2 model X1 uses BMW's more 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. The Munich maker promises that its baby SUV's ride and comfort has been 'noticeably' improved and its sporting credentials beefed up by the increased rigidity of the body and chassis. There's also a wide track, short overhangs and the usual 50:50 weight distribution. Engine-wise, the mainstream range offers one petrol option and three diesel units, all of which are 2.0-litres. The sole xDrive20i petrol variant is powered by a 192bhp four cylinder unit that only comes mated to eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission. It sprints from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds. Also auto-only is the powerful 231bhp xDrive 25d diesel version. Most X1 sales will be made further down the range with the lesser diesel variants. There's the choice of a 190bhp 4WD xDrive20d model. Or, if you can't stretch to that, a 150bhp 2WD sDrive18d diesel option. The 2WD '18d' makes 62mph in 9.2s, a figure the 4WD '20d' variant improves to 7.6s. With the xDrive 20d, there's the option of that Steptronic auto gearbox as an alternative to the usual slick 6-speed BMW manual stick shifter.

Design and Build

This MK2 model X1 is unmistakably a BMW, its front defined by the large upright kidney grille, a three-section lower air intake and a characteristic 'four-eyed' look formed by the twin circular headlights and foglamps. This second generation design has grown most notably in height - it's more than 53mm taller than its predecessor - which obviously helps to create more room inside. In that 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. The instrument cluster, consisting of two circular instruments and framed by a small binnacle, also helps the driver to focus on the driving experience. Meanwhile, the iDrive operating system's control display comes in the form of a 6.5-inch (or optional 8.8-inch) freestanding monitor. Satnav is standard. Although the new X1 is slightly shorter overall than its predecessor, there is, as we've said, more space for passengers and luggage. The seating position has been raised - by 36mm in the front and 64mm in the rear - and there's increased headroom, shoulder, elbow and knee room. Boot capacity has increased by 85-litres to a much more 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

Expect to find pricing at similar levels to that of the previous MK2 model, which means a typical span in the £25,000 to £35,000 bracket. The standard specification is pretty complete, running to include BMW's iDrive operating system with its high-resolution 6.5-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. The various 'xLine', 'Sport Line' 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. 'M Sport' models are fitted with a model-specific aerodynamic package and 18-inch or optional 19-inch light alloy wheels. The 'xLine' and 'M Sport' models get full-LED headlights for low and high beam, an optional feature for 'Sport Line' models. Options across the range include a panoramic glass roof, a DAB radio, a larger control screen and a Head-up display.

Cost of Ownership

The good news for prospective owners is that the BMW's increased performance has been matched with lower fuel consumption and emissions - up to 17% lower, depending on the model. The 2.0-litre petrol X1 xDrive 20i model is quick, but its official combined cycle fuel consumption is 44.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 146g/km. Turbocharging and common-rail direct injection imbue the preferable diesel engines with improved efficiency. With auto transmission as standard, the 231bhp xDrive 25d diesel variant posts a combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 56.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 132g/km. The 190hp xDrive 20d diesel posts figures of 57.6mpg and 128g/km. Of course, you'd expect a switch to front wheel drive to yirld you lower running cost, and sure enough, the base sDrive 18d diesel variant provides exactly that, returning 68.9mpg and 109g/km. xDrive18d models and xDrive20d will be launched in November, also with the six-speed as standard. All these figures assume that you've chosen to use the standard 'Drive Performance Control' system in its most frugal 'ECO PRO' setting.