This is the new 2019 BMW X1. It has been given a range of styling updates, while a new plug-in hybrid model will join the line-up in 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about this small BMW SUV.
2019 BMW X1 SUV
brand-new xDrive25e plug-in hybrid
Price and release date
from £28,795; on sale now
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2019 BMW X1 price and release date
The 2019 BMW X1 starts at £28,795, which buys you a two-wheel drive sDrive18i petrol car in SE spec. That’s a price rise of a few hundred pounds for the current model. Go for the four-wheel drive, 190hp xDrive20d in M Sport trim and you’re looking at over £38,000. The car is available to order now.
2019 BMW X1 styling
As with all recently updated BMWs, the 2019 BMW X1 gets a new grille. Thankfully, it doesn’t get the gaping whale shark maw of the luxury BMW X7 SUV, but the grille is bigger than before and merges in the middle, much like the grilles on the new BMW 1 Series and BMW 3 Series.
The front of the X1 also gets sharper-looking LED headlights, and there are also LED fog lamps on the front bumper. Plus, the door mirrors now have lights that project an X1 logo onto the ground, while the rear LED lights have been upgraded too, and an LED bar goes across the boot lid.
2019 BMW X1 engines
The 2019 BMW X1 gets two diesel and two petrol engines. The petrols start with the 140hp 1.5-litre sDrive18i, which comes with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto gearbox. You can also get a 190hp 2.0-litre petrol that is called sDrive20i when it comes with two-wheel drive and xDrive20i when it has four-wheel drive.
If you prefer a diesel, there’s a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel with 350Nm of torque that comes in two- or four-wheel drive and gets either a six-speed manual or eight-speed auto. The range-topping 190hp 2.0-litre diesel is four-wheel-drive only and comes with an eight-speed Sport auto gearbox.
2019 BMW X1 specs
The 2019 BMW X1 has four trim options to choose from: SE, Sport, xLine and M Sport. The SE version gets 17-inch alloys, an automatic tailgate and BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system with a 9-inch touchscreen. You can upgrade to a 10-inch screen, as well as being able to spec a heads-up display, which projects information onto the windscreen so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.
Sport and xLine trims get bigger alloys, a sports steering wheel and a snazzier interior. M Sport cars get their own suspension set-up, their own roof rails, their own 18-inch alloy wheels and some extra styling tweaks that BMW says helps aerodynamics.
2020 BMW X1 plug-in hybrid
A plug-in hybrid version of the 2019 BMW X1, called the BMW X1 xDrive25e, will go on sale next year. It comes with a 125hp petrol engine combined with a 95hp electric motor that BMW says is good for 31 miles of electric-only driving. The car will have three driving modes: Max eDRIVE which, funnily enough, maximises electric-only driving; SAVE BATTERY mode while uses the petrol engine so that you save battery power for later on in your journey; and AUTO eDrive, which sits in the middle of the other two modes.
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