Bold, sporty, visually striking, the new BMW X1 adds another chapter to the Sports Activity Vehicle’s ongoing success story. Key to its increased appeal are pronounced design revisions, a high level of versatility and a host of cutting-edge equipment features. Beneath the surface, meanwhile, powerful yet extremely efficient three- and four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive are indicative of the driving pleasure on tap in the latest X1.

The design: eye-catching and sporty

The current BMW X1 wasted no time post-launch in winning over customers with its distinctive design. And the model update ensures the compact Sports Activity Vehicle now cuts an even more handsome figure.

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The X1’s new look is immediately clear, with the most prominent revisions found at the front and rear. Each of the model variants – from the base BMW X1 to xLine, Sport Line and M Sport – has been given a standalone visual presence tailored precisely to its character profile. The BMW X1 M Sport is a particularly athletic-looking option, courtesy not least of lowered M Sport suspension, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features and the M Aerodynamics package.

The driving experience: powerful and efficient

The model update is also an exercise in future-proofing for the BMW X1. At launch in summer 2019, all the petrol and diesel engines will meet the EU6d‑temp exhaust emissions standard; the BMW X1 sDrive16d and BMW X1 xDrive25d already fulfill the EU6d norm.

The power generated by the efficient yet sporty three- and four-cylinder engines is translated – via BMW xDrive intelligent all‑wheel drive or a cutting-edge front-wheel-drive configuration, depending on the model variant – into dynamic performance on the road and supreme driving pleasure over rough terrain.

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The updated X1 line-up now comprises 16 engine/transmission combinations, ensuring all customers have a wealth of possibilities from which to choose.

BMW X1 equipment: versatility and connectivity

So the driving qualities of the BMW X1 on the road are hugely persuasive – and the same goes for the versatility of its interior. Advanced technology joins forces with generous levels of space and countless smart and functionally adept solutions.

The high quality standards of the BMW X1 are evident, for example, in the new contrast stitching on the instrument panel, which is black on its upper section and adopts the colour of the interior upholstery lower down. The contrast stitching is available for the xLine, Sport Line and M Sport models. In these variants of the X1, the floor mats also gain coloured edging and contrast stitching for the edging. The BMW X1 can also be ordered with a choice of three new upholstery variants.

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One of the highlights of the X1 interior is the Control Display. A centrally mounted 6.5-inch screen is included as standard. If a navigation system is specified, either an 8.8-inch or the new 10.25-inch Touch Control Display – which can be operated using the BMW iDrive Controller, voice control or touchscreen technology – comes as part of the package.

The Control Display represents the ideal platform on which to explore the BMW X1’s richly varied infotainment offering and access the digital services from BMW ConnectedDrive. The latest versions of these are available as an option in the BMW X1.

The remarkable versatility of the BMW X1 is not confined to all things digital; its interior can also be adapted to individual requirements. For example, the rear seats can be folded down in three sections (40:20:40) and, as an option, slide forward by up to 13 cm. Options such as automatic tailgate operation and Comfort Access – which team up to enable hands-free tailgate opening and closing – raise convenience levels another notch.