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BMW X1 ESTATE

sDrive 20i [178] M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Tech II]

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Fuel Type Petrol
Co2
Co2 151.00g/km
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Transmission Automatic
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Top Speed 140mph

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BMW X1 sDrive 20i [178] M Sport 5dr Step Auto [Tech II]

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    7
  • Comfort
    7
  • Space
    8
  • Styling
    7
  • Build
    7
  • Value
    6
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    9
  • Depreciation
    7
  • Insurance
    9

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

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.

Driver Convenience

  • Ambient temperature display
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Arrow pointers, north up, direction of travel and perspective map displays
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Automatic tailgate opening
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Navigation plus system
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW remote services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Characteristic map controlled oil pump system
  • Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Head up Display
  • Instrument cluster with Black optic display featuring superimposed dials and 5.7" colour display
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Integrated hard drive with map data updates via USB interface
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • On board computer
  • Operation by iDrive with direct selection buttons and 8 programmable buttons
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Park assist system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Real time traffic information
  • Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
  • Service interval indicator
  • Servotronic PAS
  • Tyre puncture warning system

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Adjustable headlights
  • Aero curtain
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • BMW Icon design LED daytime driving lights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body colour wheel arches and side sills
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front air guide finished in black silver
  • Front air inlets in matt black with silver finisher matt
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Front bumper air intakes with dark shadow finisher
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing glass
  • Headlight beam throw control
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High level third brake light
  • Kidney grille with 14 chrome high gloss black vertical bars
  • LED direction indicator lights in headlight eyebrow
  • LED front fog lights
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • M logo designation in side chrome
  • Model designation
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear bumper with dark shadow and underbody protection in body colour
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear window aerial
  • Rear window wash/wipe
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Roof mouldings in matt black
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Sill cover matt black with matt silver insert
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes x2
  • Two eye face design on light
  • Visible VIN plate

Interior Features

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • Anthracite floor mats with M specific designation
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Boot light
  • Centre armrest in 20 degree part rear seat backrest
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Conditioned based service
  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats
  • Driver/front passenger seat backrest back with luggage net
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof linings
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front centre armrest/sliding cover
  • Front centre interior light over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • 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
  • M Sport nappa leather 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Standing free front adjustable armrest and fixed in different positions
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
  • Welcome lighting

Packs

  • Extended lights pack - X1
  • Extended storage package - X1

Safety

  • 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)
  • 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 differential lock control (EDLC)
  • 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
  • Three point seat belts in all belts
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • 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 bolts
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Remote control with integrated key with M specific highlight
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button

Technical

  • 12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
  • 51 Litre fuel tank
  • Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase
  • Anti-roll bars
  • Balancer shaft
  • Double VANOS
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • High precision injection
  • Performance Control
  • Seven speed sport dual clutch automatic transmission (DCT)
  • Stop/start function
  • Turbocharger with Valvetronic
  • Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve

Trim

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel

Wheels

  • 18" M double-spoke light alloy wheels finished in Ferric grey and burnished - style 570M
  • Low rolling resistance tyres

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    129
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    210
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    214
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    210
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    149

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1988
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.6
  • Engine Code
    B48A20M1
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    6.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    42.8

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    178
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    sDrive i
  • Coin Series
    M Sport [Tech II]
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    30E
  • Manufacturers 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
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    7.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    178
  • Engine Power - KW
    131
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    207
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    28.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    280
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1350
  • Top Speed
    140

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 570
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1598
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4447
  • Wheelbase
    2670
  • Width
    1821
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2060

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    51
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2065
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1550
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    505
  • Max. Loading Weight
    570
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1495
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.4

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