BMW X1 (2009–2015)

Model History

July 2009

X1 unveiled

BMW released details of its compact 'Sports Activity Vehicle' - the X1. It's slightly smaller than the X3 but still has five seats and 1350 litres of boot space. Power comes from a choice of three diesel engines and, for the first time on a BMW X product, the option to have rear-wheel drive (sDrive) or four-wheel drive (xDrive).

Standard wheel and tyre sizes are:

17-inch with 225/55/R17 tyres

18-inch with 225/50 R18 tyres

19-inch with 225/45 R19 tyres

Only diesel models are available in the UK - all using the same 2.0-litre diesel engine in various outputs. The sDrive18d and the xDrive18d feature four-cylinder powerplants with an all-aluminium crankcase and a single turbocharger with variable intake geometry. The 1,995cc engine produces 143bhp while peak torque is 320Nm from 1750rpm.

Offering a higher outright performance, the BMW sDrive20d SE and xDrive20d SE are powered by the same 1,995cc engine but offer 177bhp and 350Nm. The flagship model is the xDrive23d SE which comes only as a four-wheel drive. Still using a 2.0-litre engine, albeit with twin-turbocharger technology, the near flat torque curve with a peak output of 400Nm from 2000rpm promises effortless overtaking.

Most BMW X1s come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. However, buyers of the xDrive23d have a six-speed Sport automatic gearbox with gear change paddles. EfficientDynamics includes Auto Start-Stop which comes with all manual transmission to improve fuel consumption figures. The BMW X1 also has the full suite of EfficientDynmamics technologies including Brake Energy Regeneration, optimised aerodynamics and an optimum shift indicator.

All the main controls and dashboard displays are angled towards the driver while a range of storage compartments, trays and large door pockets provide a variety of places to keep personal effects. An owner that specifies one of the two available satellite navigation systems featuring the latest iDrive display, controller and Favourite Buttons gains a slightly revised interior layout to accommodate the system.

The interior of the BMW X1 can be further enhanced by opting for the new Design package. This sees Sport seats in Oyster Nevada leather, Anthracite headlining and Fineline Wave wood trim. The Oyster theme continuing to the lower part of the dashboard, all of the centre console and leather piping on the floor mats.

The BMW X1 went on sale in the UK on October 24 2009 while the sDrive18d and xDrive18d variants followed in December.

July 2010

BMW X1 xDrive23d now available

The range-topping BMW X1 xDrive23d is now available with a six-speed manual transmission, making it more efficient. The previously obligatory six-speed automatic transmission is now available as an option, while the manual version sees emission levels drop to 158g/km of CO2, from 167g/km for the automatic.

Peak power output remains 204bhp with a maximum torque of 400Nm while the zero to 62mph acceleration stays at 7.3 seconds. Average fuel consumption of a manual transmission equipped BMW X1xDrive23d is 47.1mpg.

January 2011

X1 M Sport introduced

The smallest member of the BMW X family, the X1, is the latest model to be enhanced with the addition of the popular M Sport specification. BMW's smallest Sports Activity Vehicle was an instant hit when it first went on sale in October 2009, going on to sell more than 6,300 units in 2010.

The M Sport specification sees 17-inch star-spoke M alloy wheels, chrome plated door sill finishers with M designation, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim for the window surrounds, M Sport multi-function steering wheel, Sport seats and Anthracite headlining added. Prices start at £26,615 OTR for a BMW X1 18d sDrive M Sport and £27,710 OTR for 18d xDrive M Sport.

July 2011

BMW X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics launched

Powered by a 163bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with a combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg, emissions drop below a crucial threshold to hit 119g/km. This means that it attracts a company car taxation band of only 13 per cent for business drivers.

The latest X1 takes the relationship between sporty performance, athletic agility and fuel efficiency to a new level. TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines a variable geometry turbocharger and high-pressure fuel injection, gives maximum power at 4000rpm, while peak torque of 380Nm comes in at 1750rpm and remains constant until 2750rpm. A centrifugal pendulum absorber in the dual-mass flywheel damps out vibrations at low engine speeds, while new insulation technology eliminates engine noise inside the cabin.

The BMW X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics has Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration and an Optimum Shift Indicator adapted to suit the new engine’s characteristics. Electro-mechanical power steering, an air conditioning compressor, which can be disengaged, and tyres with reduced rolling resistance are fitted to Streamline-design light alloy wheels, all come as standard. The car also has a long final drive ratio to reduce engine revolutions at cruising speeds, but it still takes the car from zero to 62mph in just 8.3 seconds.

The most economical X product ever starts at £25,715 OTR when it goes on sale in September 2011.

The BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line roof rails are now an individual option, while the BMW ConnectedDrive package now includes the option of Real-Time Traffic Information. BMW’s ConnectedDrive system has been enhanced for 2011 for even more intelligent networking between the driver and the outside world.

Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) is a superior system for warning drivers of hold-ups and calculating alternative routes to help avoid them. It is far quicker and more efficient than the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) currently used, transmitting data faster, and updating more frequently, via the SIM card integrated in the vehicle.

Courtesy of BMW Live, the driver’s mobile phone can serve as a modem to feed information to the car’s Control Display via Bluetooth. The system offers free RSS news feeds, weather information, Google Local Search, Google Panoramic and Street View. The RSS news feeds are read inside the car via BMW’s Text to Speech function. The facility will be available on the new BMW 1 Series in September, before being rolled out to other models.

The same camera system can also provide the driver more information through the new full-colour Head-up Display or the instrument panel. The Lane Departure Warning system can detect lane markings and sends a mild vibration through the steering wheel should the vehicle deviate from its lane without indicating. The Speed Limit Display reads both permanent and temporary speed limit signs and displays the current maximum permissible speed limit to the driver.

January 2012

First petrol-powered BMW X1 comes to the UK. From March 2013 the BMW X1 range expanded to include a new entry model and a petrol variant for the first time in the UK.

The new BMW X1 20i will be available in sDrive and xDrive, using the efficient BMW 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine with TwinScroll Turbo technology. This new engine emits just 162g/km CO2 (157g/km when fitted with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission) whilst still travelling from zero to 62mph in just 7.4 seconds, when mated to the standard six-speed manual transmission.

Further to the addition of the first petrol variants, there will be a new entry point to ownership in the X1 range with the launch of the BMW X1 sDrive16d. This new model emits just 128g/km CO2 and on the combined cycle delivering 57.6mpg, whilst still managing a zero to 62mph of 11.5 seconds.


Price from OTR


Torque Nm

Zero - 62mph Seconds

0 - 62

Top Speed Mph


CO2 Emissions g/km

BMW X1 20i sDrive




7.4 (7.7)


40.9 (42.2)

162 (157)

BMW X1 20i xDrive




7.8 (7.9)


37.7 (39.8)

176 (167)

BMW X1 16d sDrive








Available from March 2013, the BMW X1 is now available from just £23,930 OTR for a BMW X1 sDrive16d SE, while the BMW X1 sDrive20i SE is available from £25,450 OTR.

The number of BMW models meeting the EU6 regulations will increase from March 2013. With EU6 technology now optionally available on a wider range of cars including BMW Z4 sDrive18i, BMW Z4 sDrive20i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i, this brings the total number of EU6-compliant BMW models to 35.

April 2012

BMW X1 to be offered in the US market powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engines. This package of technology consists of twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control. In both the award-winning six-cylinder in-line engine under the bonnet of the BMW X1 xDrive35i – developing 225 kW/306 hp – and the 180 kW/245 hp four-cylinder unit powering the BMW X1 sDrive28i and BMW X1 xDrive28i it ensures instantaneous power delivery, impressive pulling power and exceptional efficiency.

Both engines link up as standard with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology. Features including the Auto Start-Stop function (28i only), Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, the need-based operation of ancillary units and tyres with low rolling resistance all help to achieve a blend of performance and fuel economy unmatched by any rival.

The BMW X1 sDrive28i with customary BMW rear-wheel drive and the all-wheel-drive xDrive35i will be offered exclusively in the US market. The intelligent all-wheel drive of the BMW X1 xDrive35i and BMW X1 xDrive28i varies the distribution of drive between the front and rear wheels, as required. This electronically controlled power distribution ensures optimum traction and unbeatable directional stability in all weather and road conditions, as well as noticeably sportier responses through dynamically taken corners.

May 2012

Revised X1 announced

Now with wider range of diesel-only engines. With improved exterior styling, detail upgrades to the cabin and a new range of advanced diesel engines, the new X1 is perfectly placed to continue the sales success of the outgoing model. Every rear-wheel drive X1 now emits less than 130g/km of CO2, and with the option of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox combined with BMW’s award-winning EfficientDynamics technologies, the new BMW X1 range is more efficient than ever before.

Buyers can now also choose from two new models: Sport and xLine. In addition, SE and M Sport specifications receive an increase in standard equipment, further enhancing the value to the customer. Priced from £24,660 for the BMW X1 sDrive18d, the new BMW X1 goes on sale from July, 2012.



Torque Nm

0 – 62mph Seconds

Top Speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 emissions g/km

Price from


BMW X1 xDrive25d




142 (141)

47.9 (51.4)

154 (145)


BMW X1 xDrive20d




133 (132)

51.4 (52.3)

145 (143)


BMW X1 sDrive20d



7.8 (7.9)

136 (135)

57.6 (56.5)

129 (132)


BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics








BMW X1 xDrive18d



9.9 (10.1)


51.4 ( 52.3)

144 (143)


BMW X1 sDrive18d



9.6 (9.9)


57.6 (56.5)

128 (132)


May 2013

July 2013 sees the introduction of new Business models on the 1 Series, X1 and 3 Series EfficientDynamics ranges. The 99g/km 116d EfficientDynamics 5-door Hatch, the 119g/km X1 sDrive 20d EfficientDynamics, the 320i EfficientDynamics Saloon and both the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon and Touring models, all come with enhanced equipment levels.

The BMW 1 Series Business model offers Dakota leather upholstery, BMW Business Media Package and heated seats. The X1 and 3 Series Business models build on this offering a 17-inch light-alloy wheel on the X1 and an exclusive 16-inch light-alloy wheel on the 3 Series.

Business models cost £1,400 on top of the standard EfficientDynamics models, yet offer a saving of more than £1,000 on the BMW 1 Series and BMW X1 and over £1,300 on the BMW 3 Series.

What does a BMW X1 (2009 – 2015) cost?

List Price from £29,415
Buy new from £24,181
Contract hire from £273.19 per month