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2016 BMW X1 sDrive18d & sDrive20i added to Australian lineup

January 29, 2016

Following the release of the all-new front-wheel-drive-based 2016 BMW X1 late last year, the local arm is now introducing the two-wheel drive sDrive variants.

2016 BMW X1 sDrive20i

The all-wheel drive xDrive20d and xDrive25i have been on sale since September, however, those who are looking to get into a BMW SUV at a more affordable end of the price spectrum will be interested in the new sDrive18d and sDrive20i.

These are the first-ever front-wheel drive X1 models to be launched, underpinned by BMW Group’s UKL platform which is also used by the latest MINI vehicles – the previous-gen X1 sDrive models used a rear-wheel drive layout.

With the new platform BMW has managed to package together a more space-efficient cabin. This is also thanks to the new model being 53mm taller, 23mm wider, and 38mm shorter than the predecessor.

In the entry-level sDrive18d is a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that produces 110kW of power (up 5kW from old model) and 330Nm of torque. Matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the diesel can cover 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds, and it returns a very respectable fuel consumption average of just 4.3L/100km.

For the sDrive20i there’s a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder producing 141kW of power (up from 135kW) and 280Nm of torque. It also comes with an eight-speed auto transmission, but it’s capable of 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds. Average fuel economy is rated at 5.9L/100km.

Both variants are feature-packed as standard, with 18-inch alloy wheels, Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant systems, a rear-view camera, adjustable rear seat, and ConnectDrive services with sat-nav, all fitted as standard.

The new models are on sale now, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

2016 BMW X1 sDrive18d – $49,500
2016 BMW X1 sDrive20i – $51,600

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.