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All-new BMW X1 on sale in October

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BMW’s smallest offroader, the X1, has been with us for 6 years now, with 40,000 UK customers buying it since its debut.

 With a few years under its belt, BMW has decided it’s time for an all-new X1, due to go on sale in October 2015

 Naturally the car has grown a little bit over its predecessor, most obviously in terms of height. The roofline is 53mm higher than it was before, which means there’s more space in the cabin. Alongside an improvement of 85 litres to the load space – up to 505 litres – there’s increased headroom, shoulder room and knee room for all occupants.

Four engines will be available at launch, three diesel and one petrol. The least powerful – and most frugal – is the 150hp diesel found in the 18d model. This can be specified with either conventional front wheel drive (sDrive) or BMW’s four-wheel drive system (xDrive) which is fitted as standard to the rest of the range. In front-wheel drive flavour it will return 68.7mpg when paired with the 6 speed manual – falling slightly if you opt for the 8 speed automatic.

 In the middle of the range are the 20i petrol and 20d diesel. Both of these cars offer 190hp and 0-60mph in around 7.5 seconds, though the diesel is around 20% more economical with a 58mpg return compared to 45mpg in the petrol.

 Those after performance will want to opt for the 25d model, which packs a 231hp version of the 2.0 diesel engine. This is good for a 6.6s 0-60mph time and still has fuel economy figures of 56.5mpg combined.

 Trim levels will be familiar, with the SE, xLine, Sport Line and M Sport trims. Even the entry level model though includes automatic tailgate, front fog lamps, remote-controlled central locking and keyless engine ignition, electric window controls, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a leather steering wheel adjustable for height and reach, and a rain sensor including automatic headlight control

 When the new X1 goes on sale in October, prices will start at £26,780.


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