For the moment the BMW X1 appears to be the smallest premium SUV available on the market. The Audi Q3 is on its way and the LRX junior Range Rover will be produced. It is a small SUV with city friendly proportions. Buyers of the BMW X1 get to choose between three versions of the acclaimed 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine that’s featured in its 3-Series and 1-Series lines. With the two less powerful units, they must also decide whether to specify xDrive four-wheel-drive or sDrive rear-wheel-drive. The entry-level option is the sDrive18d which has the 143bhp version of the third-generation common-rail turbo diesel engine. The xDrive18d has four-wheel-drive and the same engine. Next is the sDrive20d and xDrive20d which use a 177bhp version of the same powerplant. The range-topping model is the xDrive23d which has twin turbochargers and generates 204bhp as a result. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard on the BMW X1 but the xDrive23d is also available with a sports automatic featuring wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
All BMW X1 models come in SE trim but is possible to upgrade the interior with BMW’s Design package. This includes leather sports seats, Anthracite headlining and upmarket wood trim finishes. There are two satellite navigation options available which add the latest iDrive control interface to the BMW X1.
The BMW X1 141bhp sDrive18d SE boasts 54.3mpg and 136g/km, and costs £22,660 this includes 17-inch alloys, climate control and parking sensors as standard. The boot is spacious and the rear bench folds forward to increase the space without folding the chairs flat. BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technology is present in all of the BMW X1 models and includes Brake Energy Regeneration, gear shift indicators and enhanced aerodynamics. Auto Start-Stop technology is also available on all manual models which stops the engine when the vehicle is stationary to improve economy.