BMW X1 Review 2022

BMW X1 At A Glance

+New BMW X1 available with diesel, petrol and plug-in hybrid power. Priced from around £35,000.

-Deliveries from later in 2022.

The new BMW X1 will be priced from around £35,000 and is offered with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid power – as well as the all-electric BMW iX1.

The new BMW X1 is larger than its predecessor – by 53mm in length to 4500mm, 24mm in width to 1845mm and 44mm in height to 1642mm.

At the heart of the new BMW X1 is the standard BMW Curved Display formed by a 10.25-inch information display and a 10.7-inch control display. The screens merge into a single unit behind a continuous glass surface curved towards the driver. The state-of-the-art graphics have been designed with a smartphone-style appearance, making them perfect for intuitive touch control.

The newly developed seats offer optimised comfort over long distances and extended functionality, with their prominent bolsters and adjustability of seat angle and depth. Electric seat adjustment with memory function is available for the driver seat in the xline and M Sport Premier models, with driver and passenger electric seats standard in Premier Pro models.

The rear compartment of the new BMW X1 includes three full-sized seats with increased comfort. ISOFIX anchor points are integrated into the outer seats, and the 40:20:40 split backrests can be folded down to expand boot capacity. The fore-and-aft adjustment of the rear seat bench (standard on xLine and M Sport Premier and Premier Pro models) for combustion-engined models provides even greater versatility, sliding by up to 13cm allowing boot capacity to expand from 540 litres to 1,600 litres.

A trailer tow hitch is standard on xLine and M Sport Premier models, and is now operated electrically at the touch of a button. The maximum permitted trailer load is as much as 2,000kg, depending on the model variant.

Two plug-in hybrids will join the new BMW X1 model line-up later, their electric drive components the product of fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology. The BMW X1 xDrive30e and BMW X1 xDrive25e both feature an integrated electric drive unit powering the rear wheels, combined with a three-cylinder petrol engine that drives the front wheels via the seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch.

Now positioned flat in the vehicle floor, the fifth-generation lithium-ion batteries have an increased usable content of 14.2kWh. Maximum charging capacity has climbed from 3.7kW to 7.4kW, enabling the high-voltage battery to be fully recharged from empty in 2.5 hours. When hooked up to a conventional domestic power socket, a full vehicle charge is completed within eight hours. Electric range is now up to 48 – 55 miles in the WLTP cycle.

Second-generation 48V mild hybrid technology in the new BMW X1 xDrive23i and BMW X1 xDrive23d comprises a 19PS electric motor integrated into the transmission. It acts as a starter generator, enabling more comfortable operation of the Start/Stop and coasting functions, but can also deliver additional drive power when pulling away or overtaking.

The 48V battery located under the luggage compartment is charged by adaptive recuperation in overrun and braking phases. As well as the electric motor, it also supplies the car’s 12V electrical system via a voltage transformer. The system uses data from the navigation system – even when route guidance is not activated – and driver assistance system sensors to adapt deceleration to the prevailing situation.

The drive system of the fully electric BMW iX1 can also use adaptive recuperation to recover kinetic energy during a journey and feed it into the high-voltage battery. Recuperation of up to 120kW can be generated via the brake pedal.

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