BMW launches refreshed X1 compact SUV

BMW's refreshed X1.
BMW's refreshed X1.

BMW has launched its updated X1 range with a revised engine line-up.

Some minor tweaks have been made to the BMW X1 inside and out, while three of the four engines are new. But the headline act is a segment-leading eight-speed automatic transmission.

For $2693 you can have the silky smooth self-shifter. And given the buyer demographic is heavily skewed toward women, BMW expects about 80% to be fitted with the auto box.

It's an extra string to the X1's bow, and especially important given this is BMW's number one "conquest" car. Since its foray into the Australian market more than two years ago, the X1 has lured more buyers from other brands than any other Beemer.

While there have been a fair share of 3-Series owners jumping into the X1, more than half are coming from other brands - most of them not in the premium bracket.

Many of the X1 buyers are stepping up in price but down in size, coming from the likes of the Holden Commodore, Toyota Camry as well as the Honda CR-V.

When the X1 was initially launched it owned the market, but in the past year Audi and Range Rover has muscled in on the turf - and the Rangie Evoque has been selling in big numbers.

Prices have risen $400 across the range. That can be attributed to the now standard floor mats, and some buyers may have already snaffled new models at the cheaper price without the tailored carpet.

All four engines are 2.0-litre units (two petrol and two diesel in two levels of tune) - the all-wheel drive offerings have higher outputs with the hero xDrive28i twin turbo petrol the fastest from 0-100kmh in a swift 6.1 seconds while the base sDrive18d takes 9.6.


Model: BMW X1 sDrive20i

Engine: 2.0-litre twin turbo four-cylinder generating maximum power of 135kW @ 5000-6250rpm and peak torque of 270Nm @ 1250-4500rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

Consumption: 6.9 litres/100km (manual, combined average)

CO2: 162g/km.

Performance: 0-100kmh in 7.4 seconds (m); top speed 220kmh.

Bottom line: $46,900 (plus on-roads).

Model: BMW X1 xDrive28i.

Engine: 2.0-litre twin turbo four-cylinder generating maximum power of 180kW @5000-6500rpm and peak torque of 350Nm @ 1250-4800rpm.

Transmission: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

Consumption: 7.8 litres/100km (manual, combined average).

CO2: 182g/km.

Performance: 0-100kmh in 6.1 seconds; top speed 240kmh.

Bottom line: $58,200 (plus on-roads).



Model: BMW X1 sDrive18d.

Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel generating maximum power of 105kW @ 4000rpm and peak torque of 320Nm @ 1750-2750rpm. 

Transmission: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

Consumption: 4.9 litres/100km (manual, combined average).

CO2: 128g/km.

Performance: 0-100kmh in 9.6 seconds; top speed 202kmh.

Bottom line: $44,900 (plus on-roads).


Model: BMW X1 xDrive20d.

Engine: 2.0-litre turbo diesel generating maximum power of 135kW @ 4000rpm and peak torque of 380Nm @ 1750-2750.

Transmission: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.

Consumption: 5.5 litres/100km (manual, combined average).

CO2: 145g/km.

Performance: 0-100kmh in 8.1 seconds; top speed 215kmh.

Bottom line: $54,900 (plus on-roads).


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