The BMW X1 has quickly risen to become one of the most important models of the Bavarian brand.
Combining premium quality, impressive handling and ample practicality, the X1 has been the German brand’s best-selling product since its introduction – now with a new and improved model. is looking to catch up with its predecessor.
With a sharper and more modern design, a fresh high-tech interior and a range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as hybrid and electric powertrains, the new X1 is sure to arrive when it arrives in Oz before the end. five.
But when it comes to successful rivals like Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, can the new X1 return to the top?
The two-variant BMW X1 series 2023 will start from $53,900 plus on-road costs when the new generation model lands locally at the end of this year.
The starting price mentioned above will get you the X1 sDrive18i, which has a three-cylinder petrol engine and front-wheel drive.
The sticker goes up to $65,900 for the X1 xDrive20i, bumping the number of cylinders to four and adding four-wheel drive. The price of the all-electric iX1 xDrive30 is yet to be confirmed, but we expect it to have a sticker starting with the number 8.
Price of BMW X1 2023:
- BMW X1 sDrive18i: $53,900
- BMW X1 xDrive20i: $65,900
- BMW iX1 xDrive30: $TBA
Price does not include road costs
X1 shares many things with 2 Series Active Tourerand the interior is the clearest example of that.
The overall design is fairly simple, centered around a curved screen that covers about half of the dashboard, along with a floating center console that houses a toggle-style drive selector and a few buttons and switches.
Between the two is an upright wireless charging pad with a clip to hold your phone in place, but aside from the steering wheel and a few vents, that’s pretty much it.
Of course, immediately, attention will be focused on the curved screen, which is divided into two halves.
Behind the steering wheel is a digital instrument cluster that is easily configurable and can show the driver exactly what they need to see the way they want. The sharp display and modern, easy-to-read graphics make it more user-friendly than anything else on the market.
The same goes for the touchscreen infotainment system that makes up the other half of the screen seamlessly. Like the tools, it’s sharp and modern, with configurable menus and sensible placement of icons and screens.
It’s a pity BMW didn’t include the iDrive rotary controller you get in the new version 3 seriesthis will allow the driver to navigate the screen without having to look away from the road – but that’s a minor criticism.
Overall, the screen is much better than most competitors’ products, and that’s a good thing, since it comes with more responsibility.
With the arrival of the new infotainment system, BMW has removed nearly all buttons from the dashboard, moving most of the controls to the touchscreen. That includes the operation of the air conditioner, which is now done using a small taskbar at the bottom of the screen.
The controls are always there, which immediately makes BMW’s system better than some of its rivals, but it’s still more of a hassle than having a bunch of physical switches on the dashboard . And it’s not like the BMW can’t convert well.
Finally, the X1’s cabin is incredibly well-built, with premium materials and tough engineering on display all around. Every aspect feels premium and luxurious, as well as powerful enough to prolong the life of the vehicle.
Traditionally, BMW hasn’t always been able to compete with Audi in terms of quality, but the X1 runs the Q3 really close.
It doesn’t just match Audi in terms of quality. BMW has made the X1’s cabin larger in every way, so there’s enough room for 4 adults and a trunk 540 liters.
Admittedly the hybrid and electric versions have less luggage room, but even the all-electric iX1 still has 490 liters of trunk space – roughly the same as a 3 Series Touring car.
Whichever version of the X1 you choose, you’ll at least get something as generous as its rivals, if not than therefore.
The X1 engine range is very wide, including two diesels, two petrol and two plug-in hybrid options, as well as the all-electric iX1.
Everything starts with sDrive18iuse one 1.5 liter turbocharged petrol engine with 100kW and front-wheel drive. On it is xDrive23iprovided by a Turbo 2.0 liters with mild hybrid technology and all-wheel drive, bringing 150kW.
For those who prefer diesel engines, there is a sDrive18d model with 110kW with all-wheel drive, mild hybrid xDrive23d version with 155kW. The petrol and diesel range will be split into mid-range 20i and 20d models.
There are also two petrol plug-in hybrids on the way, both of which are capable of running about 90 kilometers on electric power alone. The base 25e will have a slightly higher range – around 92 km – while the more powerful 30e will have a range of 88 km.
Then there’s the iX1 EV, which uses two electric motors and a 64.7kWh battery to cover a range of 413 to 438km on a single charge, while still delivering 230kW and snappy performance.
So far, BMW Australia has only confirmed sDrive18i and xDrive20i . engine variants for the local market, as well as the electric iX1. Mild hybrids and plug-in hybrids won’t be here, at least from launch.
The BMW X1 has always been the best car in its class when it comes to performance, and the new model is no different.
There are compromises, thanks in part to the car’s height, but the X1 manages to feel engaging and entertaining at the same time stable and safe – and it accomplishes all of that without having to turn around. again.
Sure, it’s not the most comfortable on four wheels, but it feels very mature in the way it drives. Even in the M Sport trim, which comes with a sportier suspension and 19-inch alloy wheels, the X1 can still handle most bumps.
You can still feel them going through the wheels, but they’re not too sharp or jarring – that’s never annoying.
And it’s still as angular as most hot hatchbacks. Even the basic front-wheel drive versions feel nimble and snappy in a way similar to the X1’s dimensions.
This car shouldn’t be fun to drive, but precise steering, ample traction and impressive body control all ensure it’s a pleasure to drive.
And it’s also well-suited to business when you want fewer babies, with good visibility to drive around town and a fine-tuned engine that makes long distances less tiring and stressful than those on the road. what they can do.
Highlights of X1 sDrive18i:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Adaptive LED headlights
- Electric tailgate
- Keyless entry and start
- 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
- Satellite navigation with augmented reality view
- Apple CarPlay Wireless, Android Auto
- BMW Live Cockpit Professional
- Parking Assistant Plus
- Reverse Assistant
- Professional Connection Pack
- Disk recorder
- Mirror package with anti-glare function, auto-dipping
- Head-up display
- Sensatec leatherette upholstery
- Sensatec-coated instrument panel
- Front sport seats
- Leather steering wheel
- Dual-zone climate control
- Automatic headlights
- Rain wipers
- 4 x USB-C ports
- 2 x 12V . power sockets
Additional X1 xDrive20i:
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Front heated seats
- Electric front seats
- Driver assistance specialist
- including Driving Assistant and Lane Control
Enhancement Bundle: $6000 sDrive18i, $4000 xDrive20i
- Metallic Paint
- Panoramic sunroof
- Harmon/kardon sound system
- Sliding rear seat
- Professional Driver Assistance (sDrive18i)
- Electric front seats (sDrive18i)
M Sports Package: $3000 (xDrive20i)
- 19-inch M Sport alloy wheels
- Adaptive M suspension
- M aluminum Hexacube Interior
- US leather steering wheel
- M decorated with high-gloss Shadow Line
- M High gloss roof rails
The new BMW X1 has yet to be tested by ANCAP or Euro NCAP.
Standard safety equipment includes:
- AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Blind spot monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Lane keeping assist
- Safe exit warning
- Traffic sign recognition
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
- Surround view camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
Australia’s X1 range will be powered by three-year, unlimited km . warranty.
Unlike most industries, including most luxury brands, BMW hasn’t switched to a five-year, unlimited-kilometer warranty.
BMW Australia has not confirmed service pricing for the new X1 or iX1. Stay tuned for updates.
The new X1 may be very different from its predecessor, but the end result is still the same.
With a breadth of capabilities, impressive technology and a wide range of models to choose from, BMW has something for everyone.
Even with so many luxury cars in this sector of the market, that makes it the best in the business.
This is still the car that all other premium compact SUVs will have to weigh, measure, and be most likely to be found as desired.
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