Hurrah! BMW hasn’t forgotten how to make a half decent-looking car. The facelifted X1 that you see above isn’t bad, right?
The original X1 was launched in 2015 and clearly wasn’t an ugly car. In fact, it was the highest-selling BMW X model last year and the best seller in the premium, compact SUV sector.
A popular thing then, and the updates seem to have improved it even further. It’s a muscular crossover this.
Putting visuals aside, the big news surrounding this mid-life update is the introduction of a new plug-in hybrid that should arrive next year.The snappily-named xDrive25e will be the first plug-in X1 sold outside of China and will deploy a 9.7kWh battery and 95bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels, with a 125bhp petrol powering the fronts. It’ll be good for 50km on electric power alone and a claimed 141mpg too.
The rest of the range will be made up of the usual three and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, combined with either front or all-wheel drive – the cheapest of which in the UK will be the sDrive18i SE at £28,795, whilst the range-topping xDrive20d M Sport with seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box will set you back £38,145 before options.
The facelift will also bring four new wheel options if you don’t fancy the 17-inchers that come as standard, and there are three new exterior colours too. How does Jucaro Beige metallic sound? Lovely.
Inside it’s all classic BMW. The iDrive system is now onto its sixth generation and comes with a 6.5-inch screen, although buyers can upgrade to either 8.8 or 10.25-inches if size really is everything.
There’s also an updated range of ‘BMW ConnectedDrive Services’ – because if we’re not connected these days we’re nothing.