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Munich's best selling compact SUV is now capable of 31 electric-only miles in PHEV guise
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28 May 2019

BMW’s most popular global SUV, the X1, has been given a mid-life makeover, bringing tweaked looks and – for the first time outside of China – a plug-in hybrid version. 

Given that BMW shifted nearly 287,000 examples of the X1 last year, leading the segment, it’s no surprise that visual updates aren’t the most extensive. 

The kidney grille is now larger, in line with its newer siblings, while reshaped lights and bumpers front and rear aim to freshen the X1’s look. Larger diameter exhaust tailpipes, growing from 70mm to 90mm, complete the redesign.

The M Sport variants also has more styling changes to differentiate it more than before, including a 10mm drop in ride height, larger air intakes and body-coloured styling additions. 

Features such as larger brake discs for the M-Sport variants are also added, alongside new colour and wheel choices for the rest of the range. 

Interior revisions are limited to new materials and upholstery targeted at boosting perceived quality. New contrast stitching is available for the higher-end trim variants, while three new upholstery options feature. 

An optional lighting package brings gives the cabin an ambient glow with six colour choices. The 6.5in, 8.8in and 10.25in (depending on spec) infotainment screens are unchanged. 


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The big story under the bonnet is the introduction of the xDrive25e plug-in variant. On sale in March 2020 (a few months after standard models), it uses a 123bhp, 162lb ft three-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 94bhp, 112lb ft electric motor powering the rear wheels for four-wheel drive. 

A 9.7kWh battery pack gives a claimed 31-mile electric-only range. Fuel economy and emissions data is yet to be confirmed.

Alongside that, BMW has added a top-flight 228bhp xDrive25i X1 variant, which is capable of 0-62mph in 6.5sec. However, it won’t be offered in the UK, leaving the current 189bhp xDrive 20i as the most powerful model in the range. Prices for the updated X1 start at £28,795.

The new X1's unveiling follows the reveal, three days ago, of the radically reinvented 1 Series hatchback. Sporting more overt styling changes than its SUV sibling, the Volkswagen Golf rival has made the switch to a front-wheel drive platform in the name of interior space and practicality. 

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28 May 2019

 Yes, if it’s on motobility, didn’t like the previous gen cars shape, but this is quite nice, fingers crossed, I like the X2 also.....

29 May 2019
BMW certainly enjoying making their cars look worse & worse recently. I don't think they really have a clue styling wise anymore. (GRILLE) (GRILLE)

Also, March 2020 for the PHEV version, what's the point in that? No one is going to specifically wait for it, and it's actual range of like 20miles. Again a disappointment that we're seeing laziness from the germans on the BEV front.

29 May 2019

Not an SUV fan but this looks quite good and the enlarged grill looks better on this than on the 1series hatch.

29 May 2019
si73 wrote:

Not an SUV fan but this looks quite good and the enlarged grill looks better on this than on the 1series hatch.


Not been a fan of BMW's 'my grill is bigger than yours' current styling obsession, but on this it looks alright.

On the 1 series it doesn't look good partly because of the over-slanted positioning of the headlights and partly because the cat-fish gobby lower vents. The fact that 1 series is also the dumpy looking - instead of lean and sleek - doesn't help its case either.

29 May 2019

Says major makeover so maybe they should have updated that dash, it's really looking dated and 'low rent'

29 May 2019
So either no diesel option or Autocar has chosen to omit them from this article.

29 May 2019

According to MSN there'll be 2 versions of 2.0 diesel, although I'm not sure if they'll be coming to the UK, my guess is they will.

29 May 2019

Quite like the current X1 but have always thought has looked better in the M Sport trim which does with out the SUV cues and when d badged manages to look an unpretentious practical hatch, that new grill though, the old one looked a bit too big, the new one just looks worse.

29 May 2019

Anyone have Bangle’s phone number?

This is extrordinarily ugly.....

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