BMW’s cheapest SUV arrives in Australia

2018 BMW X1 sDrive front view

BMW Australia has announced a new entry-level model for the X1 range, with the 2018 BMW X1 sDrive18i now on sale.

And at $45,900, it’s the cheapest BMW SUV you can buy. The company also says the new X1 variant brings several ‘firsts’ to the range.

2018 BMW X1 sDrive driving shot

So, what’s new?

For a start, the engine. It’s the first time that an X1 has been fitted with a three-cylinder motor.

The new motor is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, making 100kW and 220Nm – not bad for a thee-pot.

It powers the front wheels only (hence the sDrive not xDrive) through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, keeping fuel use to 5.4L/100km on the combined cycle.

Is that all?

Not quite. The new X1 may be cheap, but it hasn’t been overlooked when it comes to tech.

It gets a touch-screen infotainment system with iDrive6 – the latest in BMW’s software – through a 6.5-inch high-res screen.

Voice control is standard, or you can use the iDrive rotary controller.

Here’s what’s included as standard

  • Front and rear park distance control
  • Cruise control with braking function
  • Rear view camera
  • Parking assistant
  • LED headlights with cornering lights
  • High-beam assist
  • Driving Assistant including speed limit info, lane departure and forward collision warning
  • 18-inch BMW light alloy wheels
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Real-time traffic information
  • Foldable rear seats with 40:20:40 split
  • Instrument panel with 5.7-inch TFT display
  • Colour 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Speed Limit Info

2018 BMW X1 sDrive luggage space

Then there are the options

Of course, it’s a BMW, so you can start ticking boxes.

Convenience Package – $1,500

  • Interior rear-view mirror with anti-dazzle function
  • Seat adjustment for rear seats
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Lights package

Innovations Package – $2,600

  • Driving Assistant Plus
  • Navigation system Plus
  • BMW Head-Up Display
  • ConnectedDrive Freedom including Concierge Services

Comfort Package – $2,700

  • Comfort Access
  • Electric seat adjustment for driver and front passenger, memory function
  • Lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • Exterior driver-side mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function
  • Seat heating for driver and front passenger


BMW X1 range 

ModelEnginePower /
0-100km/hFuel UseCO2
X1 sDrive18i1.5L 3-cyl turbopetrol100kW/220Nm9.6sec5.4L/100km145g/km
X1 sDrive18d2.0L 4-cyl turbodiesel110kW/330Nm9.2sec4.7L/100km124g/km
X1 sDrive20i2.0L 4-cyl turbopetrol141kW/280Nm7.6sec6.2L/100km139g/km
X1 xDrive25i2.0L 4-cyl turbopetrol170kW/350Nm6.5sec6.6L/100km154g/km

The X1 sDrive18i is available for order now.

2018 BMW X1 pricing

X1 sDrive18i – $45,900
X1 sDrive18d – $49,900
X1 sDrive20i – $53,600
X1 xDrive25i – $60,700
All prices plus on-road costs and options

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