2023 BMW X1 sDrive18i overview

The X1 could be the smallest BMW, however it’s a large deal for the marque.

It was BMW’s second best-seller in Europe in 2022 behind the three Sequence, and the ageing previous-generation mannequin was a constant vendor in Australia even up till final yr, inserting fourth behind the bigger X3, X5 and the three Sequence.

Now there’s an all-new one, and a few of us would argue this generational overhaul was lengthy overdue. Using on the newest BMW-Mini front-drive structure, which permits for all types of electrification, the X1 has successfully jumped two generations in relation to design and expertise.

Right here we’re testing the ‘entry-level’ 2023 BMW X1 sDrive, which runs a three-cylinder petrol engine and front-wheel drive, in comparison with most rivals which have four-cylinder energy from the bottom degree.

That’s to not say this ‘base’ mannequin feels underdone – removed from it, in actual fact. Whereas positioned because the entry level, the X1 sDrive18i is packaged like a mid-spec providing, which we’ll undergo on this overview.

So is that this the one to get? Let’s discover out.

How a lot does the BMW X1 sDrive18i price?

On check we have now essentially the most reasonably priced X1 variant within the sDrive18i, which is priced from $53,900 earlier than on-road prices.

That makes the brand new BMW greater than $3000 dearer than the entry-level Audi Q3 35 TFSI ($50,600), however properly beneath the Mercedes-Benz GLA200’s beginning value of $63,200 earlier than on-roads.

Different premium small SUV options embody the Lexus UX250h (from $53,820), Mini Countryman (from $46,405) and Volvo XC40 (from $53,490).

You would additionally logically cross-shop the bottom X1 with high-spec variations of mid-size SUVs such because the Cupra Formentor VZ ($59,490 drive-away), Mazda CX-5 G35 Akera ($54,000), Kia Sportage GT-Line 1.6T AWD ($49,720), the Peugeot 3008 GT 1.6T ($53,414) and Skoda Karoq Sportline 4×4 ($50,990 drive-away).

I’d throw within the Volkswagen Tiguan too, given it’s often a rival for the X1 abroad, however proper now you’ll wrestle to get your fingers on the five-seat mannequin as manufacturing winds down forward of an all-new mannequin.

2023 BMW X1 pricing:

  • BMW X1 sDrive18i xLine: $53,900
  • BMW X1 xDrive20i xLine: $65,900
  • BMW X1 xDrive20i M Sport: $68,900

Costs exclude on-road prices

What’s the BMW X1 sDrive18i like on the within?

Wow, what an enchancment over its predecessor.

Lower than 12 months in the past I reviewed the previous-generation X1 that was nonetheless being bought as a brand new automobile, and this new mannequin’s inside feels about two or three generations brisker.

Not lagging behind the broader line-up, the X1 comes customary with BMW’s eighth-generation iDrive infotainment and shows. It options the BMW Curved Show, incorporating a ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster in addition to a ten.7-inch central touchscreen.

Our check automobile was fitted with the non-obligatory Enhancement Package deal ($4615), which provides electrical entrance seats with reminiscence, a really good 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, in addition to a powered panoramic sunroof – all nice additions making this selection package deal a must have.

The tall, boxy proportions and non-obligatory panoramic roof make for a really spacious and ethereal really feel up entrance, bolstered by glorious perceived high quality due to the excessive ratio of sentimental, padded surfaces and accent stitching.

It additionally has a really minimalist, open plan cabin with a floating centre console packing loads of cupboard space, together with a enjoyable wi-fi charging pad design that has a retractable harness which appears to be like such as you’re locking your cellphone in on a rollercoaster – cute!

It’s price noting options like heated entrance seats and a heated steering wheel can be found as subscription-based choices – you are able to do a one-off fee for a lifetime inclusion. Obtainable by means of the ConnectedDrive Retailer, heated entrance seats can be found for $29 a month, whereas a heated steering wheel is $19 a month.

Forward of the driving force you could have the newest BMW steering wheel design, which adopts a smaller hub and thinner rim than we’re used to from the Bavarian marque, however it’s lovely to carry and appears very sensible.

Then there’s the brand new 10.25-inch digital cluster, which is a world away from the previous automobile’s dated analogue dials. Whereas the digitised setup brings the X1 into the fashionable age, the eighth-generation iDrive’s pores and skin isn’t my favorite. There’s extra format choices, however they’re extra variations of the identical line-graph look.

I might have cherished to see BMW do a digital tackle basic dials, very like Audi does in numerous methods. Given how BMW has usually been fairly fanatic centered, a extra standard choice would have been welcome.

Sitting atop the dashboard and alongside the digital cluster is a brand new 10.7-inch touchscreen, which once more is an effective couple of generations forward of the previous mannequin’s venerable iDrive 6 interface.

That includes excessive decision, snappy responses, and the newest options we’ve seen elsewhere within the BMW vary, the X1’s infotainment is completely extra fashionable than earlier than, and greater than a match for the very best on this phase.

Whereas the shiny look and fast load occasions are nice, iDrive 8’s transfer to touch-based controls for an array of cabin and car features appears like a step again in on a regular basis usability.

My greatest annoyance is the removing of the gap management button on the steering wheel for the adaptive cruise. It’s now embedded within the driver help menus throughout the touchscreen – WHY BMW?!

Aside from these annoyances, wi-fi Apple CarPlay labored flawlessly throughout our time with the automobile, and BMW’s newest interface is pretty simple to navigate even when the brand new format appears somewhat condensed, with a couple of extra faucets required to search out what you want in comparison with OS7.0.

Regardless of being labeled as ‘small’, the X1 is fairly large within the second row.

Two adults will match comfortably behind two adults, with glorious head, knee and legroom for the phase. That’s even with the non-obligatory panoramic roof.

As anticipated for the category, the center seat is greatest left for infrequent use or young children. Bolstering the child-friendly facilities are ISOFIX anchors on the outboard seats in addition to top-tether factors throughout the three rear pews.

Different second-row options embody directional air vents behind the centre console, two USB-C cost ports, netted pockets behind the entrance seats, bottle holders within the doorways, in addition to a fold-down centre armrest with cupholders.

Not like many small and mid-sized SUVs nowadays, materials high quality and atmosphere within the second row doesn’t really feel like a step down from the entrance.

Just like the rear seats, the boot is fairly darn giant for one thing thought-about ‘small’.

Behind the 40:20:40 break up folding rear bench is a 540L cargo space in five-seat configuration, which expands to a useful 1600 litres with the second row folded – and it folds fairly flat.

You received’t discover a spare wheel of any variety beneath the boot ground, with BMW solely supplying a tyre restore equipment.

What’s beneath the bonnet?

Energy within the X1 sDrive18i comes from a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine making 115kW (6500rpm) and 230Nm (1500-4600rpm).

The Australian market misses out on the 48V mild-hybrid system fitted to abroad variations, however picks up an additional 15kW.

Driving the entrance wheels solely through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the entry-level X1 accelerates to 100km/h in a claimed 9.0 seconds.

Gas consumption is rated at 6.5L per 100km on the mixed cycle, with the 45L gas tank requiring 95 RON premium unleaded at a minimal.

How does the BMW X1 sDrive18i drive?

Whereas the previous X1 felt like an overgrown Mini making an attempt to be posh, this new one is way extra cohesive on the highway.

The sDrive18i hardly appears like a base mannequin from behind the wheel. It’s a easy, refined and cozy operator with a touch of sportiness in step with BMW’s Final Driving Machine mantra.

On the town – the place 99 per cent of these items will spend their time – the X1 affords a fun-to-drive issue that makes threading inner-city streets a doddle, with all the driving force controls proving responsive and correct in comparison with the extra assisted really feel of some rivals.

Regardless of being a dual-clutch computerized, the X1 isn’t, if ever, caught napping off the road or sluggish to react. It’s one of many smoothest examples of this transmission kind, which is excessive reward.

If the steering wheel already felt good to carry, the best way it operates and communicates again to the driving force is sweet too. It’s good and fast which actually means that you can level and shoot, even when it’s not tremendous heavy.

Efficiency from the three-cylinder turbo is greater than satisfactory on the town, with easy shove from down low. It additionally interprets to a great expertise on the freeway, with Australia’s 100-110km/h limits properly throughout the engine’s limits.

Underneath acceleration the muted, thrummy three-cylinder engine notice is characterful and fairly pleasing to the ear, and even once you’re actually pushing it’s removed from coarse or unrefined. At 100km/h in seventh it’s buzzing away within the background faintly, hardly feeling laboured.

It’s going to run out of puff on the very high finish, which is predicted although given its modest outputs and entry-level positioning. BMW’s 9.0-second 0-100 declare feels correct by means of the seat of the pants.

BMW appears to have ironed out a number of the kinks within the idle stop-start system too, even with out the 48V mild-hybrid system out there abroad. It doesn’t shunt to a halt just like the previous one does, and feels way more polished when setting off.

It rides fairly properly too, although it errs on the firmer aspect if that issues to you. Our automobile was additionally sporting non-obligatory 18s that are customary greater up within the vary, although the shortage of M Sport suspension might be a plus.

Insulation from highway and wind noise can also be a notable enchancment over the previous one, and greater than a match for its rivals. You’ll get a bit extra tyre roar by means of the cabin at freeway speeds, however it’s acceptable for the category.

As for help programs, our optioned-up tester featured BMW’s glorious Steering and Lane Management Assistant, which I are likely to price as top-of-the-line semi-autonomous freeway programs on the market. It precisely retains the X1 centred in its lane with the adaptive cruise management being extra human-like in response.

Even with good outward visibility from its expansive glasshouse, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert turn out to be useful; whereas the adaptive LED headlights provide good illumination of the highway forward.

What do you get?

X1 sDrive18i highlights:

  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • 18-inch alloys in Silver
  • Aluminium satinated roof rails
  • Pearl Chrome exterior accents
  • Sensatec upholstery (leatherette)
  • Twin-zone local weather management
  • Computerized tailgate operation
  • Consolation entry
  • Ground mats in velour
  • 40:20:40 break up rear seats
  • M headliner, anthracite
  • Sports activities seats
  • Sport leather-based steering wheel
  • Storage compartment package deal
    • 12V sockets in rear centre console, cargo space
  • BMW Stay Cockpit Skilled
    • 10.25-inch instrument show
    • 10.7-inch HD curved touchscreen
    • Satellite tv for pc navigation with augmented view**
    • Wi-fi Apple CarPlay
    • Wi-fi Android Auto
    • Private Profile
    • DAB+ radio
  • 6-speaker audio system, 100W
  • 2 x USB-C ports (entrance), 2 x USB-C ports (rear)
  • Wi-fi smartphone charger
  • Linked Package deal Skilled*
    • Distant Companies
    • Actual Time Site visitors Info
    • Concierge Companies
  • Clever Emergency Name
  • BMW TeleServices
  • Car apps (e.g. Information, Climate)*
  • BMW Clever Private Assistant*
  • Distant Software program Replace*

*3-year subscription
**3-year subscription to map updates


  • BMW Drive Recorder: $429
  • Heated entrance seats: $589
  • Heated steering wheel: $349

Enhancement Package deal: $4615

  • Metallic paint
  • Panorama glass sunroof
  • Harman Kardon 12-speaker HiFi premium audio
  • Seat adjustment, rear seats
  • Selection of inside trims incl. high quality wooden trim
  • Electrical entrance seats incl. reminiscence (sDrive18i)
  • Driving Assistant Skilled

BMW ConnectedDrive subscriptions:

  • BMW Drive Recorder (1 month): $19
  • BMW Drive Recorder (1 yr): $79
  • Heated steering wheel (1 month): $19
  • Heated steering wheel (1 yr): $169
  • Heated entrance seats (1 month): $29
  • Heated entrance seats (1 yr): $289
  • BMW Drive Recorder (3 years): $189
  • Heated steering wheel (3 years): $259
  • Heated entrance seats (3 years): $419



Metallic ($1385)

  • Mineral White
  • Black Sapphire
  • Phytonic Blue
  • Cape York Inexperienced
  • San Remo Inexperienced
  • Utah Orange (as examined)

BMW Particular person Metallic ($1923)

Is the BMW X1 sDrive18i protected?

The brand new X1 wears a five-star ANCAP security score, primarily based on Euro NCAP checks carried out in 2022.

It scored 86 per cent for grownup occupant safety, 88 per cent for youngster occupant safety, 76 per cent for susceptible highway customers, and a powerful 94 per cent for security help.

Whereas ANCAP famous ‘respectable’ efficiency in all 4 key areas of evaluation, the crash tester famous the BMW famous Weak efficiency for defense of the driving force’s chest within the frontal offset check, and Marginal safety of the rear passenger’s check within the full-width check.

AEB efficiency was rated Good, although ANCAP famous the X1’s system doesn’t detect pedestrians in reverse.

The score applies to all petrol X1 variants, with the all-electric iX1 (due April) at present unrated.

Commonplace security options embody:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
    • Metropolis, Interurban speeds
    • Automobile-to-Automobile
    • Pedestrian, Bike owner detection
    • Junction help
    • AEB reverse
  • Adaptive cruise management incl. cease/go
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Ahead collision warning
  • Excessive-Beam Help
  • Lane change warning (blind-spot)
  • Lane departure warning
  • Parking sensors entrance, rear
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reversing Assistant
  • Encompass View (360 cameras)

X1 xDrive20i provides:

  • Steering and Lane Management Assistant
    • Adaptive cruise + lane centring

How a lot does the BMW X1 sDrive18i price to run?

All new BMW fashions are lined by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre guarantee as of October 1, 2022.

You additionally get three years of 24/7 complimentary roadside help thrown in.

When it comes to upkeep, BMW affords Service Inclusive pre-paid packages to cowl your prices for the primary 5 years or 80,000km – whichever comes first.

For the X1, the five-year service package deal prices $2150, which averages out to $430 every year. That’s nearly $1000 cheaper than an Audi Q3 over the identical time interval ($2970), and properly beneath the five-year plan for a Mercedes-Benz GLA ($4500).

As for real-world gas economic system, the X1 sDrive18i returned an indicated determine of seven.6L per 100km over just below per week’s price of driving, which included greater than 370km throughout blended situations. Not dangerous, contemplating I spent lots of time in peak-hour visitors and managed to remain inside 1L of the model’s declare.

I do marvel, nevertheless, if the EU-spec mannequin with its 48V mild-hybrid system would have introduced that determine down a substantial quantity with its beefier vitality storage and prolonged stop-start performance…

CarExpert’s Tackle the BMW X1 sDrive18i

The newest BMW X1 is a revelation in comparison with its predecessor.

Bavaria’s premium small SUV has gone from being one of many class laggards to a brand new chief, with a mix of tech, practicality, and driving finesse even from the entry degree grade.

With a few selection choices you may have your self a really premium-feeling crossover for across the $60,000 mark, which is the place lots of high-spec mid-size mainstream competitors are taking part in nowadays. If you happen to’re tempted by the BMW badge, there’s extra substance than ever.

I’d most likely go as far to say you’re higher off with a well-optioned sDrive18i fairly than spending up for the xDrive20i, until maybe you may look ahead to the all-electric iX1 that’s because of lob within the coming months.

Nonetheless that’s to not say it’s good. The sDrive18i affords respectable efficiency however is outgunned by quite a few rivals on this value bracket, and the iDrive Working System 8.0 looks like a step again from OS7.0 in usability, largely because of its extra touch-focused cabin controls and extra sophisticated menu construction.

All informed, nevertheless, it is a very spectacular effort that ought to little doubt see the X1 return to top-seller standing in its phase in Australia – provide permitting.

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