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BMW X1 xDrive25i 2018 review: snapshot

The X1 is the most affordable model in BMW’s line-up of SUVs and the xDrive25i is the king of the range with a list price of $61,500.

The X1 is the most affordable model in BMW’s line-up of SUVs and the xDrive25i is the king of the range with a list price of $61,500.

You’re paying over $7K more than the sDrive20i which sits under it in the line-up, but the xDrive25i is a better value proposition with a more powerful engine, all-wheel drive and some great standard features.

The standard features it shares with the sDrive20i include LED cornering headlights, roof rails, a power tailgate, an auto parking system, and front and rear parking sensors. Inside there’s a leather sports steering wheel, sat nav, a reversing camera, six-speaker stereo, digital radio, dual-zone climate control, a luggage net, a dimming rear view mirror, ambient lighting and floor mats.

Almost all of these features are found on lower grades, too, but the 25i adds 19-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, powered and heated driver and front passenger seats, a larger 8.8-inch touch screen and a more sophisticated sat nav system.
A four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine is in the snout making 170kW/350Nm. Shifting gears is an eight-speed automatic. BMW says the 0-100km/h sprint takes 6.5 seconds, making it the quickest accelerating X1.

The X1 scored the maximum five-star ANCAP rating when it was tested in 2015. While there’s lane departure and forward collision warning, the X1 doesn’t come with AEB or other advanced safety equipment such as blind spot warning and rear-cross traffic alert.

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