We Drove It: New BMW X1 Blends Style And Cutting-Edge Tech

The new BMW X1 is set to make an impression in the compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment with its robust appearance, functional versatility, and a host of innovative features.


  • The third-generation BMW X1 boasts a striking and robust design that reflects its Sports Activity Vehicle identity.
  • With powerful proportions, square wheel arch contours, and signature BMW X model styling, the BMW X1 showcases a confident and dynamic presence.
  • The market launch line-up of the new BMW X1 includes the sDrive18i and sDrive18d models.
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With its emphasis on freedom and independence in both day-to-day driving and longer journeys, the BMW X1 offers a premium driving experience like never before. The Sandton Times joined BMW for the launch of both the BMW X1 and BMW 3 Series earlier this year, together with other motoring journalists, to get a first-hand feel for these new releases.


The front end stands out with slim LED headlights, a large BMW kidney grille, and eye-catching chrome strips. The rear features slim tailgate windows, horizontal lines, and flared wheel arches, embodying the typical SAV look.


The seats, available in Sensatec perforated or Vernasca leather upholstery, provide enhanced comfort and can be adjusted to suit individual preferences. The rear compartment offers three full-sized seats with improved comfort and a flexible 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest to expand the boot capacity.


Inside the new BMW X1, a premium and progressive ambience awaits. The redesigned cabin draws inspiration from the BMW iX, with a slender instrument panel, BMW Curved Display, and a “floating” armrest with an integral control panel. Image: BMW

The new BMW X1 offers a range of engine options, including the petrol-powered sDrive18i and the diesel-powered sDrive18d. Both models come with a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch and front-wheel drive. The BMW X1’s chassis technology delivers a balance between sporty, agile handling and long-distance comfort. With features like near-actuator wheel slip limitation, integrated braking system, and optional adaptive M suspension, the BMW X1 offers superior traction, stability, and ride quality.


The new BMW X1 showcases cutting-edge technology and a wide array of driver assistance systems. The standard BMW Live Cockpit Professional Plus, based on BMW Operating System 8, features a 10.25-inch information display and a 10.7-inch control display, providing intuitive touch and voice control. The BMW X1 offers a range of optional features, including the Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control, BMW Head-Up Display, and Surround View. Smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.


The sDrive18i is powered by a 115 kW three-cylinder petrol engine, while the sDrive18d features a four-cylinder diesel unit generating 110 kW. Image: The Sandton Times

The BMW X1 offers various equipment packages for individual customization, including options such as the mirror package, ambient lighting, panoramic glass sunroof, and Harman Kardon Sound System.


The pricing for the xLine and M Sport package models starts at R753’045.40 and R790’616.60 respectively.


The new BMW X1 embodies the perfect blend of style, versatility, and advanced technology, offering a premium driving experience for enthusiasts of compact SAVs. With its robust exterior design, refined interior, impressive performance, and extensive range of technological features, the BMW X1 stands out in its segment.


Whether for day-to-day driving or long journeys, the BMW X1 provides a quality driving experience for which the brand is renowned.


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