2018 BMW X1 sDrive18i added to Australian lineup

December 14, 2017

BMW Australia will soon introduce a new variant in the X1 lineup, with the addition of the sDrive18i. It will come in as the new entry-level variant, thus bringing the opening price to more affordable levels for the luxury SUV.

Joining the existing sDrive18d, sDrive20i, and the top xDrive25i, the new sDrive18i comes in as a front-wheel drive petrol option. Power comes from a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine that develops 100kW and 220Nm.

This is sent through a Getrag seven-speed dual-clutch auto (a first for the X1 range), and into a front-wheel drive system. Across the 0-100km/h sprint it takes the small SUV 9.6 seconds, which isn’t too shabby. Meanwhile, fuel economy on the combined cycle is rated at just 5.4L/100km – only the sDrive18d offers lower, at 4.7L/100km.

As standard the new variant comes with BMW’s latest iDrive6 media interface with a 6.5-inch touch-screen for the dash. It doubles as a display for the standard rear-view camera. The driver also gets a 5.7-inch TFT digital display for the instrument cluster area.

Other impressive standard features include parking assistant and front and rear parking distance control, LED headlights with cornering functions, 18-inch alloy wheels, lane departure and forward collision warning, and an electric-opening tailgate. The xLine exterior trim package is also thrown in.

The new variant will go on sale in February, with prices starting from $45,900. See below for the full range price list (all excluding on-road costs):

2018 BMW X1 sDrive18i – $45,900
2018 BMW X1 sDrive18d – $49,900
2018 BMW X1 sDrive20i – $53,600
2018 BMW X1 xDrive25i – $60,700

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.