Bmw Bmw X1 Estate sDrive 18i [136] M Sport 5dr Step Auto

Servotronic Power Assisted Steering
On board computer
Outside temperature gauge
Service interval indicator
Ambient temperature display
Park assist system
BMW Online services
Tyre puncture warning system
Automatic tailgate opening
BMW Teleservices
Real time traffic information
BMW remote services
Attentiveness assist
Optimum shift indicator
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
Arrow pointers, north up, direction of travel and perspective map displays
Operation by iDrive with direct selection buttons and 8 programmable buttons
Apple CarPlay
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
Characteristic map controlled oil pump system
Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
Integrated hard drive with map data updates via USB interface
Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
BMW ConnectedDrive
Instrument cluster with Black optic display featuring superimposed dials and 5.7" colour display
BMW Navigation system with 8.8" monitor and 800X480 pixel resolution
Anti-roll bars
Performance Control
High precision injection
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Balancer shaft
12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
Double VANOS
Stop/start function
Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
Turbocharger with Valvetronic
Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase
Seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission (DCT)
BMW professional radio includes amplifier power 100w, Two mide range speakers in door trims and two woofers as central bass speaker under front seats
DAB Digital radio
Heated door mirrors
Body colour door mirrors
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Adjustable headlights
Rear window wash/wipe
High level third brake light
Heated windscreen washer jets
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Follow me home headlights
Welcome lighting
Dynamic brake lights
M aerodynamic body styling
LED front fog lights
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Rear fog lights
Model designation
Rear window aerial
Lightweight engineering
Headlight beam throw control
M logo designation in side chrome
Front and rear bumper system
Reversing light in rear light cluster
Automatically dimming rear view mirror
Single chrome exhaust tailpipe
Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators
Body colour wheel arches and side sills
Green tinted heat protection glazing glass
Aero curtain
Roof mouldings in matt black
Front bumper air intakes with dark shadow finisher
Rear bumper with dark shadow and underbody protection in body colour
Front air inlets in matt black with silver finisher matt
Front air guide finished in black silver
Sill cover matt black with matt silver insert
Kidney grille with 14 chrome high gloss black vertical bars
LED direction indicator lights in headlight eyebrow
Two eye face design on light
BMW Icon design LED daytime driving lights
Front sports seats
Front/rear adjustable head restraints
Illuminated glovebox
Anthracite headlining
Luggage compartment lighting
Leather gearknob/gaiter/handbrake grip
Front centre armrest/sliding cover
3 rear headrests
Boot light
Luggage area underfloor compartment
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Steering wheel gearshift paddles
12v power point in centre console
Multifunction steering wheel
LED ambient lighting in door trim
Conditioned based service
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Driver and front passenger heated seats
Rear coded belt buckles
Front door sill finishers with M designation
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Driver/front passenger seat backrest back with luggage net
Front centre interior light over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key
Luggage compartment access via recessed handle below tailgate
Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
Manually adjustment steering wheel column
2 cup holders in front
Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
Anthracite floor mats with M specific designation
M Sport nappa leather 3-spoke steering wheel
Centre armrest in 20 degree part rear seat backrest
Four grab handles integrated in roof linings
Standing free front adjustable armrest and fixed in different positions
Extended lights pack - X1
Extended storage package - X1
Rear door child safety locks
Side impact protection
Rear disc brakes
Front seatbelt force limiters
Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Twin horns
Front ventilated disc brakes
Warning triangle and first aid kit
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Dynamic brake control
Front and rear head airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Electronic parking brake
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Audio/visual collision warning system
Tyre pressure monitor
Brake energy regeneration
BMW emergency call
Brake drying
Battery safety cut-off
Braking readiness
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
Three point seat belts in all belts
Engine immobiliser
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Remote control with integrated key with M specific highlight
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
Low rolling resistance tyres
18" M double-spoke light alloy wheels finished in Ferric grey and burnished - style 570M
CO2 147
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1499
Compression Ratio 2060
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 590
Gears 7
Transmission Automatic
Combined 43.50
Urban 43.50
Extra Urban 42.20
Badge Engine CC 1499
Badge Power 136.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 9.39
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 9.70
Engine BHP 136.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1435
Engine Torque 220.00
Top Speed 126
Front Tyres 225/50 R18
Rear Tyres 225/50 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1598
Length 4447
Wheel Base 2670
Width 1821
Fuel Tank Size 51.00
Weight 2025
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1435
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Will It Suit Me?

It's taken the motor industry quite a time to realise that typical buyers like me don't want a fully-fledged 4x4 SUV, even in compact form. They're too expensive and pricey to run. However, we do want the high driving position and purposeful design cues associated with cars like these. We want the best of both worlds. Cars called 'Crossovers' have been developed to meet this need and it's at the top of this little group that the model I'm testing this week resides, BMW's second generation X1. In principle, it'd be ideal for me - but in practice? Let's find out.

Practicalities

In the cabin, there's BMW's usual fine balance between driver focus and practical elegance. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and centre console controls are angled towards the driver, while the controls located in the lower section are surrounded by quality surfaces and are separated from the front passenger side by a smartly-designed bar. Rear seat accommodation will be fine for two adults once they've entered through the rather narrow door apertures and provided that they're under six feet tall. On shorter trips, you can squash up to provide space for a third middle seat occupant provided they're not the whinging sort likely to object to the bulky central transmission tunnel. The designers claim that there's an extra 37mm more kneeroom this time round, a figure you can extend to a limousine-like 66mm if you pay extra for a sliding rear bench which offers 130mm of back-and-forth adjustment. It's annoying that this feature's optional, but otherwise irritations here are few. Some might question BMW's decision to provide only a single 12v socket as a means for rear passengers to charge their various electronic devices - and a few parents might wish that an ISOFIX childseat fastening was provided for the middle seat as well as the two outer ones. Otherwise, there's precious little to criticise here. With the optional seatback tables, it'll even feel rather MPV-like and if you pay the extra for the Panoramic glass roof, the otherwise rather dark cabin can be flooded with a welcome burst of sunlight.

Behind the Wheel

On the move, this second generation X1 feels quite different from its predecessor, with a higher-set driving position that's less sporty but more commanding than before. All the key elements are in place for a decent driving experience and there's a 'Drive Performance Control' vehicle dynamics system that, via three main modes, 'ECO PRO', 'Comfort' and 'Sport', allows you to tweak throttle response, steering feel and stability control thresholds. Gearshift timings too if you've opted for the 8-speed automatic gearbox that I think many X1 buyers will want. You have to have this auto transmission if you go for the 192bhp xDrive 20i petrol version or the top 231bhp xDrive 25d diesel. Otherwise, an auto 'box is an option across the range. X1 buyers get a front-driven 'sDrive' set-up on lower-powered models and a 4x4 'xDrive' layout for the pokier variants that gives you just enough on-demand traction for icy days and muddy tracks. Enginewise, the line-up starts with the three cylinder 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units that BMW has borrowed from the MINI and fits to the base sDrive 18i and sDrive 16d derivatives. Otherwise, you'll be looking at the Bavarian brand's 2.0-litre TwinPower diesel unit. This comes with 150bhp in the 'sDrive 18d' and 'xDrive 18d' models, or with 190bhp in the volume xDrive 20d variant I tried.

Value For Money

This second generation X1 range is priced between £27,000 and £36,000, with the mid-range xDrive 20d model I tried - the one most buyers will want - needing a budget starting from just over £32,000, about the same as you'd spend on a 4WD 320d version of BMW's 3 Series Touring estate. Overall, we're talking of figures that see this second generation X1 pitched a little more expensively this time round - which is significant. At the bottom of the range, BMW offers its three cylinder MINI-derived engines in the front-driven 136bhp sDrive 18i and 116bhp sDrive 16d models, with either six speed manual or automatic transmission. I decided though, to focus on one of the four cylinder units the range was initially launched with, these being the powerplants most customers want and the ones that can be ordered with 4WD. The four cylinder line-up is focused around BMW's familiar range of 2.0-litre TwinPower diesel units, the starting point being a 150bhp '18d' variant that can either be ordered in 'sDrive' front-driven form or, for a £1,500 premium, in 'xDrive' 4x4 guise. With the remaining versions, provision of the xDrive system is non-negotiable and in concert with the 190bhp diesel I tried, it's a set-up that makes the xDrive 20d model a strong package. The 231bhp xDrive 25d version offers an even pokier alternative and across the 2.0-litre diesel range, there's the usual £1,550 option of the company's 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. For the few buyers who'll be looking at fuelling from the green pump, there's a single automatic-only 192bhp xDrive 20i petrol variant.

Could I Live With One?

There are plenty of people ready to be cynical about lifestyle SUVs and the Crossover models that copy them but reality is that without these kinds of models, the 4x4 market would have petered out here long ago. With this MK2 model X1, BMW has looked carefully at this sector and produced a product carefully designed to suit. There are premium prices true, but it's decent value and provides most of what you get in a BMW 3 Series Touring in a better value package. On that basis, it gets my vote.

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Servotronic Power Assisted Steering
On board computer
Outside temperature gauge
Service interval indicator
Ambient temperature display
Park assist system
BMW Online services
Tyre puncture warning system
Automatic tailgate opening
BMW Teleservices
Real time traffic information
BMW remote services
Attentiveness assist
Optimum shift indicator
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
Arrow pointers, north up, direction of travel and perspective map displays
Operation by iDrive with direct selection buttons and 8 programmable buttons
Apple CarPlay
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
Characteristic map controlled oil pump system
Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
Integrated hard drive with map data updates via USB interface
Front axle single joint with specific axle kinematics to minimise drive influences on steering + provide increased rigidity agile driving behaviour
BMW ConnectedDrive
Instrument cluster with Black optic display featuring superimposed dials and 5.7" colour display
BMW Navigation system with 8.8" monitor and 800X480 pixel resolution
Anti-roll bars
Performance Control
High precision injection
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Balancer shaft
12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
Double VANOS
Stop/start function
Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
Turbocharger with Valvetronic
Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase
Seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission (DCT)
BMW professional radio includes amplifier power 100w, Two mide range speakers in door trims and two woofers as central bass speaker under front seats
DAB Digital radio
Heated door mirrors
Body colour door mirrors
Body colour door handles
Body colour bumpers
Adjustable headlights
Rear window wash/wipe
High level third brake light
Heated windscreen washer jets
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Follow me home headlights
Welcome lighting
Dynamic brake lights
M aerodynamic body styling
LED front fog lights
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Shark fin antenna
Visible VIN plate
Rear fog lights
Model designation
Rear window aerial
Lightweight engineering
Headlight beam throw control
M logo designation in side chrome
Front and rear bumper system
Reversing light in rear light cluster
Automatically dimming rear view mirror
Single chrome exhaust tailpipe
Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators
Body colour wheel arches and side sills
Green tinted heat protection glazing glass
Aero curtain
Roof mouldings in matt black
Front bumper air intakes with dark shadow finisher
Rear bumper with dark shadow and underbody protection in body colour
Front air inlets in matt black with silver finisher matt
Front air guide finished in black silver
Sill cover matt black with matt silver insert
Kidney grille with 14 chrome high gloss black vertical bars
LED direction indicator lights in headlight eyebrow
Two eye face design on light
BMW Icon design LED daytime driving lights
Front sports seats
Front/rear adjustable head restraints
Illuminated glovebox
Anthracite headlining
Luggage compartment lighting
Leather gearknob/gaiter/handbrake grip
Front centre armrest/sliding cover
3 rear headrests
Boot light
Luggage area underfloor compartment
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
Steering wheel gearshift paddles
12v power point in centre console
Multifunction steering wheel
LED ambient lighting in door trim
Conditioned based service
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Driver and front passenger heated seats
Rear coded belt buckles
Front door sill finishers with M designation
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Driver/front passenger seat backrest back with luggage net
Front centre interior light over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key
Luggage compartment access via recessed handle below tailgate
Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
Manually adjustment steering wheel column
2 cup holders in front
Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
Anthracite floor mats with M specific designation
M Sport nappa leather 3-spoke steering wheel
Centre armrest in 20 degree part rear seat backrest
Four grab handles integrated in roof linings
Standing free front adjustable armrest and fixed in different positions
Extended lights pack - X1
Extended storage package - X1
Rear door child safety locks
Side impact protection
Rear disc brakes
Front seatbelt force limiters
Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Twin horns
Front ventilated disc brakes
Warning triangle and first aid kit
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Dynamic brake control
Front and rear head airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Driver/front passenger side airbags
Electronic parking brake
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Audio/visual collision warning system
Tyre pressure monitor
Brake energy regeneration
BMW emergency call
Brake drying
Battery safety cut-off
Braking readiness
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
Three point seat belts in all belts
Engine immobiliser
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Remote control with integrated key with M specific highlight
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
Low rolling resistance tyres
18" M double-spoke light alloy wheels finished in Ferric grey and burnished - style 570M
CO2 147
Euro Emissions
NOX N/A
CC 1499
Compression Ratio 2060
Cylinder Layout In - Line
Cylinders 4 Cylinder
Fuel Delivery Turbo
Number of Valves 590
Gears 7
Transmission Automatic
Combined 43.50
Urban 43.50
Extra Urban 42.20
Badge Engine CC 1499
Badge Power 136.00
NCAP Rating
Vehicle Homologation Class N/A
0 to 60 mph (Sec) 9.39
0 to 62 mph (Sec) 9.70
Engine BHP 136.00
Engine KW
Engine PS 1435
Engine Torque 220.00
Top Speed 126
Front Tyres 225/50 R18
Rear Tyres 225/50 R18
Spare Tyre TYRE REPAIR KIT
Height 1598
Length 4447
Wheel Base 2670
Width 1821
Fuel Tank Size 51.00
Weight 2025
Roof Load Limit
Towing Weight Braked 1435
Towing Weight Unbraked 750
Number Of Seats 5

Will It Suit Me?

It's taken the motor industry quite a time to realise that typical buyers like me don't want a fully-fledged 4x4 SUV, even in compact form. They're too expensive and pricey to run. However, we do want the high driving position and purposeful design cues associated with cars like these. We want the best of both worlds. Cars called 'Crossovers' have been developed to meet this need and it's at the top of this little group that the model I'm testing this week resides, BMW's second generation X1. In principle, it'd be ideal for me - but in practice? Let's find out.

Practicalities

In the cabin, there's BMW's usual fine balance between driver focus and practical elegance. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and centre console controls are angled towards the driver, while the controls located in the lower section are surrounded by quality surfaces and are separated from the front passenger side by a smartly-designed bar. Rear seat accommodation will be fine for two adults once they've entered through the rather narrow door apertures and provided that they're under six feet tall. On shorter trips, you can squash up to provide space for a third middle seat occupant provided they're not the whinging sort likely to object to the bulky central transmission tunnel. The designers claim that there's an extra 37mm more kneeroom this time round, a figure you can extend to a limousine-like 66mm if you pay extra for a sliding rear bench which offers 130mm of back-and-forth adjustment. It's annoying that this feature's optional, but otherwise irritations here are few. Some might question BMW's decision to provide only a single 12v socket as a means for rear passengers to charge their various electronic devices - and a few parents might wish that an ISOFIX childseat fastening was provided for the middle seat as well as the two outer ones. Otherwise, there's precious little to criticise here. With the optional seatback tables, it'll even feel rather MPV-like and if you pay the extra for the Panoramic glass roof, the otherwise rather dark cabin can be flooded with a welcome burst of sunlight.

Behind the Wheel

On the move, this second generation X1 feels quite different from its predecessor, with a higher-set driving position that's less sporty but more commanding than before. All the key elements are in place for a decent driving experience and there's a 'Drive Performance Control' vehicle dynamics system that, via three main modes, 'ECO PRO', 'Comfort' and 'Sport', allows you to tweak throttle response, steering feel and stability control thresholds. Gearshift timings too if you've opted for the 8-speed automatic gearbox that I think many X1 buyers will want. You have to have this auto transmission if you go for the 192bhp xDrive 20i petrol version or the top 231bhp xDrive 25d diesel. Otherwise, an auto 'box is an option across the range. X1 buyers get a front-driven 'sDrive' set-up on lower-powered models and a 4x4 'xDrive' layout for the pokier variants that gives you just enough on-demand traction for icy days and muddy tracks. Enginewise, the line-up starts with the three cylinder 1.5-litre petrol and diesel units that BMW has borrowed from the MINI and fits to the base sDrive 18i and sDrive 16d derivatives. Otherwise, you'll be looking at the Bavarian brand's 2.0-litre TwinPower diesel unit. This comes with 150bhp in the 'sDrive 18d' and 'xDrive 18d' models, or with 190bhp in the volume xDrive 20d variant I tried.

Value For Money

This second generation X1 range is priced between £27,000 and £36,000, with the mid-range xDrive 20d model I tried - the one most buyers will want - needing a budget starting from just over £32,000, about the same as you'd spend on a 4WD 320d version of BMW's 3 Series Touring estate. Overall, we're talking of figures that see this second generation X1 pitched a little more expensively this time round - which is significant. At the bottom of the range, BMW offers its three cylinder MINI-derived engines in the front-driven 136bhp sDrive 18i and 116bhp sDrive 16d models, with either six speed manual or automatic transmission. I decided though, to focus on one of the four cylinder units the range was initially launched with, these being the powerplants most customers want and the ones that can be ordered with 4WD. The four cylinder line-up is focused around BMW's familiar range of 2.0-litre TwinPower diesel units, the starting point being a 150bhp '18d' variant that can either be ordered in 'sDrive' front-driven form or, for a £1,500 premium, in 'xDrive' 4x4 guise. With the remaining versions, provision of the xDrive system is non-negotiable and in concert with the 190bhp diesel I tried, it's a set-up that makes the xDrive 20d model a strong package. The 231bhp xDrive 25d version offers an even pokier alternative and across the 2.0-litre diesel range, there's the usual £1,550 option of the company's 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. For the few buyers who'll be looking at fuelling from the green pump, there's a single automatic-only 192bhp xDrive 20i petrol variant.

Could I Live With One?

There are plenty of people ready to be cynical about lifestyle SUVs and the Crossover models that copy them but reality is that without these kinds of models, the 4x4 market would have petered out here long ago. With this MK2 model X1, BMW has looked carefully at this sector and produced a product carefully designed to suit. There are premium prices true, but it's decent value and provides most of what you get in a BMW 3 Series Touring in a better value package. On that basis, it gets my vote.

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Actual Monthly Cost using our maintenance based on your contract terms
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To potentially save money, have peace of mind and ease of budgeting, choose add maintenance to proceed.

*Figures are a representative example and may vary depending on driving style and conditions please speak to a member of the sales team for more information

Blue Chilli Car Leasing believes all customers should have the opportunity to take advantage of fixed maintenance cover.

So what are the benefits?

  • Planned fixed cost budgeting
  • No unexpected maintenance costs
  • Protection from rising inflation costs

What’s included?

  • Mechanical and electrical repairs or replacements, including associated parts and labour due to fair wear and tear
  • Bulbs, Batteries, Exhausts, Cam belts, Wiper blades, Alternators, Starter Motors
  • MOT tests
  • Premium Branded tyre replacements including valve and balance*

*Some of our partner funders do not cover damage through punctures or vandalism/deliberate damage. Please ask if you require more details.