2020 BMW X1 on sale in Australia from $44,500, arrives October

July 22, 2019

BMW Australia has announced local pricing and specifications for the facelifted 2020 BMW X1 small SUV, ahead of its arrival here in October. It brings in updated technology and a freshened up design.

Local buyers have four variants to choose from, including three front-wheel drive models and one xDrive all-wheel drive configuration. These span from the sDrive18i, sDrive18d, sDrive20i, to the flagship xDrive25i. All feature a turbocharged engine and all come extensively equipped with standard features.

Powering the base 18i is a 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder that produces 103kW and 220Nm. It’s able to perform 0-100km/h in a claimed 9.6 seconds. Moving up to the 20i gets you a 2.0-litre turbo developing 141kW and 280Nm, resulting in a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds. Topping out the petrol models, the 25i uses a tuned version of the 20i engine, producing 170kW and 350Nm. It conquers 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds.

As for the diesel, the 18d uses a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that develops 110kW and 330Nm. It’s capable of dusting off 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds. Fuel consumption figures for the official combined cycle in Australia are yet to be finalised.

The new X1 was originally revealed in May this year, showcasing BMW’s new-look merged front grilles, updated front and rear bumper bars, and a revised interior. It still rides on the UKL-based platform, introduced in 2015, and shares similar external dimensions. Boot space is also unchanged, at 505L/1550L.

What is new is the tech inside. BMW has implemented an 8.8-inch touch-screen for the 18i and 18d, while the rest receive a 10.25-inch unit running the outgoing Operating System 6.0. Sat-nav, Apple CarPlay, parking assistance with a rear-view camera, and wireless phone charging all come as standard on all models. Speaking about the new model, Vikram Pawah, BMW Australia CEO, said:

“Since its debut in 2009, the BMW X1 has been one of our highest selling X models and continues to fuel the success of the BMW X range in Australia. The popular SAV continues to deliver great value and I’m sure the impressive redesign will resonate with our customers.”

The 2020 BMW X1 goes on sale from October with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs). See further below for some of the highlight features.

2020 BMW X1 sDrive18i: $44,500
2020 BMW X1 sDrive18d: $49,900
2020 BMW X1 sDrive20i: $48,500
2020 BMW X1 xDrive25i: $62,900

sDrive18i and sDrive18d standard highlights:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Sensatec upholstery
  • Navigation System with a 8.8-inch touch display
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • xLine
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant including reversing camera
  • LED headlights
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Interior mirror with anti-dazzle

sDrive20i standard highlights:

  • Navigation System Plus with a 10.25-inch touch display
  • Head-up display
  • Automatic tailgate
  • Lights package

xDrive25i standard highlights:

  • xDrive
  • Leather upholstery
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Comfort Access
  • Anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Electric seat adjustment
  • Rear seat adjustment
  • Two-zone automatic air-conditioning
  • M Sports steering

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.