BMW has this past week launched the all-new X1 Sports Activity Vehicle, which is another name for a small SUV. The car is a 2016 model year and has come to the SA exclusively in five forms called the BMW X1 sDrive18i, xDrive20i, xDrive25i, sDrive20i and xDrive20d. Those cars will pack a 2.0L TwinPower 4-cylinder engine making 228hp. That might not sound like a lot of power by today’s standards, but it makes the 2016 X1 the most powerful car in its class.
BMW uses a 6 and 8-speed Steptronic transmission to put the power to the ground and the AWD system is optimized for efficiency. The new X1 also has increased interior cargo room and more headroom than the outgoing model.
MW fits the X1 with full-LED headlights, BMW Head-Up display, and Driver Assistance Plus. Power front seats are standard in the car and the seating position is raised for front passengers by an inch compared to the outgoing model. Rear seat passengers are 2.5-inches higher up than the outgoing model. Rear seat passengers also get 2.5-inches more rear legroom when fitted with the optional adjustable rear seats and 1.5-inches more rear legroom with standard seats.
BMW offers two non-metallic paint options and nine metallic options with Estoril Blue as an exclusive with the M Sport Package. We mentioned that the TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder makes 228hp. Pricing starts at R435 000