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BMW updates X1 off-roader

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BMW has given its smallest off-roader, the X1, a complete overhaul with a new design, updated engines and a revised four-wheel drive system. This all-new model measures in at 53mm taller than the previous version and looks much more like a traditional 4x4, with a boxier, more SUV-like silhouette than its less imposing predecessor. 

Three turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engines and one turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol motor will be available at launch, offering up between 189bhp and 228bhp. The petrol X1 and the two more powerful diesels come with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system as standard, while the least powerful diesel comes with BMW’s trademark rear-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the petrol and 25d include an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard, while the other models are available with both transmission options.

Thanks to its larger dimensions, the new X1 offers greater interior space than before, with extra headroom for passengers, while knee, shoulder and elbow room have also been increased, making it a more viable family car. The front seats have also been raised by 36mm, while the rears are up by 64mm for a more off-roader-esque raised seating position. The boot is also larger by around 20 per cent.

Standard equipment on all models includes automatic headlights and wipers, sat nav with a 6.5-inch display, an automatic tailgate and three-part split-folding rear seats. xLine trim, meanwhile, adds unique silver exterior trim and underbody protection, high gloss black interior trim, leather seats with heating for those in the front and LED headlights.

Sport Line trim, on the other hand, features black trim inside and out, underbody protection and sports seats with colour accents. Range-topping M Sport specification includes a striking bodykit and 18-inch alloy wheels, an ‘M’ sports steering wheel, aluminium trim and heated cloth and Alcantara sports seats.

Most economical is the two-wheel drive 18d diesel, which returns 68.9mpg claimed economy, and emits just 109g/km of CO2, putting it into the £20 annual car tax band. At the other end of the scale is the 228bhp four-wheel drive 25d diesel, which sprints to 62mph in a rapid 6.6 seconds and returns official fuel economy of 56.5mpg.

The updated X1 goes on sale at the end of October. Prices will be announced closer to the launch date.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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