BMW’s smallest SUV crossover offers extra appeal


BMW’s second-generation X1, launched in 2015, saw a step change in quality and refinement from the first. Based on the largely front-wheel drive based UKL2 platform, it features transverse engines and a choice of front-drive or all-wheel drive. 

BMW X Series Range


The 2019 X1’s new look is most apparent from the front, where you’ll note the larger one-piece kidney grille as well as a redesigned front bumper incorporating horizontal LED fog lights and LED headlights. At the rear are new enlarged 90mm tailpipes and what BMW describes as a ‘cleaner interpretation’ of the rear LED lights.

Inside, it’s a similar story of a gentle upgrade to the specification of an already-excellent interior. All models get a larger 8.8-inch Control Display as standard while a 10.25-inch display is available as an option.



While the previous generation of the X1 only offered one petrol and three diesel engines, it’s all change for 2019 as the shift towards petrol continues. The two petrol models, the 140hp 18i and 192hp 20i, are both available with either sDrive front-drive or xDrive all-wheel drive. The 18i does 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds and returns up to 42.8mpg, while the more powerful 20i’s figures are 7.4 seconds and 40.9mpg respectively.

Fans of diesel’s greater torque and fuel efficiency have a choice of 18d in either sDrive or xDrive versions, or the range-topping 20d which is xDrive (all-wheel drive) only. Top for economy is the 18d with up to 56.5mpg while the 20d’s figures of 50.4mpg and 7.8 seconds are very impressive – and every modern BMW diesel is Euro6 emissions compliant. 


The X1’s standard-fit 8.8-inch Control Display features BMW Navigation with Real Time Traffic Information, while further options include a 10.25-inch upgrade and a 5.7-inch Black Panel instrument cluster. All models feature a powered tailgate as standard while option packs include Technology Pack 1 with a reversing camera, BMW Icon Adaptive LED lights, enhanced Bluetooth and Wi-Fi spot preparation. The BMW Technology Pack 2 includes Head-Up Display and BMW Navigation Plus.


BMW’s Active Guard safety system includes forward vehicle collision warning, city collision mitigation, brake preconditioning and speed limit information as standard. The optional Driving Assistant Plus includes lane departure warning, front collision warning with brake intervention, high-beam assistant, speed limit info, active cruise control with Stop&Go function and traffic jam assist.


BMW’s X1 competes in the hotly contested the compact SUV crossover sector, and Munich knows it needs to bring its A-game to the battle. BMW’s X1 certainly does so with this design refresh; the model includes bigger and better cockpit displays, more technology and connectivity, comprehensive safety systems and a highly efficient new range of powertrains.

Dimensions (sDrive 18d SE)
Vehicle length 4477 mm / 176.3 in
Vehicle width 1798 mm / 70.8 in
Vehicle height (unladen) 1545 mm / 60.8 in
Wheelbase 2760 mm / 108.7 in
Unladen weight (DIN) 1555 kg / 3428 lb
Engine Cylinders 4
Engine Capacity 1995 cc
Max Torque 320 nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
Max Power 105 kW @ 4000 rpm
Top speed 126 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph / 9.6 sec
Combined Cycle 57.6 mpg
Urban cycle 49.6 mpg
CO2 128 g/km

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