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Facelifted BMW X1
BMW has facelifted its X1 crossover, with the new car receiving some minor styling upgrades both inside and out, and a range of tweaked diesel engines.
The German compact crossover receives new headlights at the front with a more prominent underguard at the rear to “reinforce the sporty, off-road appearance” of the X1. There’s also less plastic on show, replaced by larger painted areas at both the front and rear.
Inside, the X1’s cabin is focused on the driver. The centre console is now shallower and covered in a higher quality gloss black material. There’s revised trim for the gear lever, cup holders and some of the X1’s switchgear to create that premium feel many will expect from a BMW.
Entry-level SE specification has been upgraded for the facelifted X1 – Bluetooth and USB connectivity now comes fitted as standard, alongside 17-inch alloy wheels and dual-zone climate control as before.
Sport spec gets a dark chrome finish for the exhaust pipes, kidney grilles and bumpers, while new xLine trim gets large 18-inch alloy wheels and “X” embossed leather seats. M Sport guise still sits at the top of the range and features a sportier bodykit and leather sports seats.
Engines range from the 143hp two-wheel drive sDrive18d to the range-topping twin-turbo 218hp xDrive25d. The most potent X1 – only available in four-wheel drive guise – will complete the sprint from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds.
Efficiency throughout the range stands at 57.6mpg combined with 128g/km CO2 emissions for the two-wheel drive 18d, rising to 47.9mpg combined with 154g/km CO2 emissions for the 25d.
For particularly environmentally conscious X1 drivers, there’s also BMW’s EfficientDynamics line – available on the sDrive20d, the motor produces 163hp, will return 62.8mpg combined and emit 119g/km CO2.
All X1 models now come equipped with Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop and a switchable ECO PRO driving mode to help improve efficiency.
The latest X1 goes on sale in July, with prices starting from £24,660 for the entry-level sDrive18d, rising to £31,860 for the range-topping xDrive25d.
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