A new BMW X1 xDrive25d tops the revised UK line-up of BMW’s compact soft-roader
3 May 2012

A new BMW X1 xDrive25d tops the revised UK line-up of BMW’s compact soft-roader, when order books open in July.

The new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel-powered model gets 215bhp and 332lb ft and can crack 0-62mph in 6.8sec, while boasting economy and CO2 emissions figures of 51.4mpg and 145g/km. The £31,860 model replaces the xDrive23d model in the X1 range.

Other engines include the 141bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel for the X1 sDrive18d and X1 xDrive18d, and an uprated 181bhp 2.0-litre four-pot for the X1 sDrive20d and X1 xDrive20d. There’s also a lower-powered 161bhp version of that engine in X1 sDrive20d Efficient Dynamics, which has economy figures of 62.8mpg and 119g/km.

The revised BMW X1, first seen at the New York motor show last month in its UK specification, features subtle 1-series-inspired styling changes at the front and rear, but the real changes are inside where there’s a new centre console and higher-quality materials used to lift cabin ambience.

Prices for the facelifted BMW X1 start from £24,660 for the entry-level sDrive18d model in SE trim.

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3 May 2012

How time flies. Seems like this only came out yesterday and it's already getting a facelift.

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2 October 2012

sad they never made a proper M version.

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3 May 2012

Autocar: "the real changes are inside where there’s a new centre console and higher-quality materials used to lift cabin ambience"

Real changes indeed? Other than a couple of bits of chrome and some soft touch plastic, the interior looks almost identical to the old model. Sounds like this is a statement from a press pack. You can do better than that, Autocar.


3 May 2012

0-62 in 6.8 secs in a 2 litre diesel turbo, soft off-roader with 4 wheel drive (I think) is so impressive. That's a third of a second quicker than the A3 sportkback 2 litre petrol turbo for god's sake.

 

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3 May 2012

[quote xxxx]0-62 in 6.8 secs in a 2 litre diesel turbo, soft off-roader with 4 wheel drive (I think) is so impressive. That's a third of a second quicker than the A3 sportkback 2 litre petrol turbo for god's sake[/quote]

Needs to be quick, you wouldn't want anyone to be able to recognise you in this munter as you drove past!

3 May 2012

Just wondering if some of the improvments in fuel economy and 0-60mph are provided by a new 8 spead auto gearbox, the old model 'only' had 6 speeds. Otherwise, a 0.5 second improvement in the 0-60mph time produced from the addition of 11 bhp more, would look a bit odd...

3 May 2012

A great shame BMW UK refuses to import the AWD 2.0d 3-series estate...

3 May 2012

The 'xDrive25d' boasts very impressive figures, but the whole package just isn't that convincing for me.

3 May 2012

I would replace my Forester turbo with one of those in a heart bit.

4 May 2012

[quote Ioanides]I would replace my Forester turbo with one of those in a heart bit.[/quote] Which bit of your heart ;) But seriously, these things are growing on me. I like the jacked up estate look, and in the right colour and not too much bling I can see the attraction. I started thinking they were a junior X3, but when I think of it as above I can see it being useful to me to get up forest tracks with a bit extra ground clearance and 4wd - perfect for towing my trials bike. Saw an Audi A4 Allroad and it isn't high enough, and A6 version too dear. What else is there?

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