Spruced up BMW X1 arrives

2012-10-18 15:32

CAPE TOWN - Since its introduction in 2010, BMW has sold 4800 units of its most compact X model locally. In 2012 the X1 receives exterior and interior enhancements along with a revised engine line-up.

The engine range comprises three petrol (sDrive18i, sDrive20i, xDrive20i and xDrive28i) and two diesel units (sDrive20d, xDrive20d and xDrive25d).


Depending on the model variant, power is transferred via brand-typical rear-wheel drive or via the BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Either option is available to three of the engine variants of the new BMW X1.

The new BMW X1 also offers customisation options in the form of three style packages – xLine, Sport Line and an M Sport package.


At the front the X1 receives changes to the head and fog lights and increased body-coloured painted surface areas. You’ll also notice a chromed accent across the top of a headlight while the indicators are now integrated into the new side mirrors.

The rear of the X1 shows new design tweaks along the bumper, taillights and repositioned reflectors.

The front and rear surfaces painted in body colour now take up a larger area and new colours are also available.

The interior receives a number of changes. The side of the centre console is now shallower and finished in a new material while the audio and climate controls have a gloss-black surface.

The new model comes as standard with a storage compartment in the centre of the instrument panel. In vehicles featuring an optional navigation system, this houses the display for the iDrive system. Chromed accents on the side surrounds of the onboard monitor highlight this equipment feature.


The entry-level X1 sDrive18i is powered by a 2.0 four-cylinder petrol capable of 110kW at 6400rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm at 3600rpm. Average fuel consumption is rated at 7.7 litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 180 g/km.

The remaining 2.0 petrol units are equipped with the automaker’s TwinPower Turbo.

The sDrive20i and xDrive20i models produce 135kW at 6250rpm and 270Nm from 1250 - 4500rpm, respectively, Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures are 7.1 litres/100km and 165 g/km (sDrive20i) and 7.7 litres/100km and 179 g/km (xDrive20i).

The top-of-the-range petrol xDrive28i boasts output figures of 180kW/350Nm and can sprint from 0-100km in 6.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is 7.8 litres/100km and CO2 emissions are 179 to 182 g/km (depending on the tyre format selected).

The four-cylinder diesel engines available to the new BMW X1 offer a choice of two output levels and the TwinPower Turbo package.

The 2.0 diesel powerplant in the sDrive20d and xDrive20d, is capable of 135kW/380Nm. The sDrive20d has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.9 litres/100km and 129g/km, while the sDrive20d has a claimed fuel consumption of 5.5 litres/100km and an emission rating of 145g/km.

The top of the range 2.0 diesel (xDrive25d) is capable of 160kW/450Nm rocketing the new X1 from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. Fuel consumption in rated at 5.9 litres/100km and CO2 emissions are 154 g/km.

All engines are coupled as standard with a new six-speed manual or can be mated to an eight-speed auto, with exception of the sDrive18i. The entry-level petrol option can be coupled to a six-speed auto.


The new X1 marks the debut of Eco Pro mode for the compact crossover. The mode supports a economy-optimised driving style by adjusting the accelerator mapping and shift characteristics of the auto-equipped models. The output of electrically operated functions such as the seat heating, climate control and exterior mirror heating are regulated. A display informs the driver of the extra range earned through these measures.

All model variants come equipped with brake energy regeneration. Manual models feature an optimum shift indicator and stop/start function is available on all transmissions.

Four of the seven engines available to the new X1 in South Africa can transfer their power to the road through xDrive all-wheel drive. The top-of-the-range petrol and diesel engines are equipped with xDrive exclusively.

As an option, the all-wheel-drive model variants can be specified with the performance control system for controlled braking along with torque compensation. This provides a corrective measure against understeering on slippery surfaces or in particularly spirited cornering.

All models are fitted with 17” steel or alloy wheels as standard. The range of optional alloys in 17, 18 and now 19” spec has been extended.


The xLine kit comprises design tweaks to the front and rear, side skirt covers, air intake and kidney grille slats. The kit adds special 18” alloy rims.

Inside, special BMW xLine lettering has been added, a sports leather steering wheel, ambient lighting with varying colours, as well as exclusive interior trim strips in copper. The xLine kit adds new leather seats.

Drivers can also opt for Nevada leather upholstery and a wood finish for the interior.


The Sport Line package features a front and rear underguard, side skirt covers, air intakes and kidney grille slats in gloss black high-gloss, while the exhaust is finished in chromed black. The package adds special 17” or 18” light alloys with two-tone surfaces and entry strips with “BMW Sport” lettering.

The interior benefits from sport seats upholstered in anthracite-coloured fabric with red accents, a sports leather steering wheel and gear selector lever with red stitching.

The interior trim has a gloss-black finish and the floor mats sport red piping. Optionally drivers can choose leather sports seats in a choice of two colours, while interior aluminium trims are an optional extra exclusive to the BMW Sport Line.

Both BMW style packages are offered as an alternative to the entry-level version. An M Sport package is also available as an option for the new X1.

Standard model
Six-speed Manual Transmission

sDrive18i - R342 400
sDrive20i - R365 700
sDrive20d - R381 300
xDrive20i - R411 600
xDrive20d - R427 200
xDrive28i - R458 600
xDrive25d - -

Six-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic

sDrive18i - R359 000

Eight-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic

sDrive20i - R383 700
sDrive20d - R399 300
xDrive20i - R429 600
xDrive20d - R445 200
xDrive28i - R476 600
xDrive25d - R468 600

Sport Line
Six-speed Manual Transmission

sDrive18i - R367 000
sDrive20i - R390 300
sDrive20d - R405 900
xDrive20i - R435 200
xDrive20d - R450 800
xDrive28i - R482 200
xDrive25d - -

Six-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic
sDrive18i - R383 600

Eight-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic
sDrive20i - R408 300
sDrive20d - R423 900
xDrive20i - R453 200
xDrive20d - R468 800
xDrive28i - R500 200
xDrive25d - R492 200

Six-speed Manual Transmission

sDrive18i - R360 900
sDrive20i - R384 200
sDrive20d - R399 800
xDrive20i - R426 300
xDrive20d - R441 900
xDrive28i - R473 300
xDrive25d -  –
Six-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic
sDrive18i - R377 500

Eight-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic
sDrive20i - R402 200
sDrive20d - R417 800
xDrive20i - R444 300
xDrive20d - R459 900
xDrive28i - R491 300
xDrive25d - R483 300

M Sport Line
Six-speed Manual Transmission

sDrive18i - R382 200
sDrive20i - R405 500
sDrive20d - R421 100
xDrive20i - R449 600
xDrive20d - R465 200
xDrive28i - R496 600
xDrive25d - -

Six-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic
sDrive18i - R398 800

Eight-speed Automatic Transmission Steptronic
sDrive20i - R423 500
sDrive20d - R439 100
xDrive20i - R467 600
xDrive20d - R483 200
xDrive28i - R514 600
xDrive25d - R506 600

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2012-10-19 10:25

    Half a mill for a 2 litre diesel???

      hansen.bv - 2012-10-19 10:46

      Drive it and you will know why! I have the current version xDrive 20D and love it

  • ryan.woods.739978 - 2012-10-19 14:25

    Waste of Money!!

  • JannieJammerGat - 2012-10-23 18:55

    These are bottom of the range cars for BMW X series (i.e Middle class cars), at half a million it`s overpriced and it`ll be worth half that in 2 years time.Just checked-out autotrader a 2010 20d x-drive with 45000km is going for R279990.

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