Even the fog lights and front bumper appear too cheap at this price point on the entry-level model, but then again, corporate greed is how BMW rolls these days. The xDrive25i with the Steptronic Sport transmission costs the most at £45,750, promising 6.5 seconds to 100 km/h (62 mph). Coincidence or not, this model with the bone-stock version of the Steptronic doesn’t differ in regard to off-the-line acceleration.
The most affordable turbo diesel is the sDrive18d, and as expected, BMW offers a lot of trim levels with different visual treatments. Customers looking for an eco-friendly powertrain can expect the xDrive25e plug-in hybrid to arrive at dealerships in March 2020. This model brings together a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine and an electric motor that drives the rear wheels for up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) in all-electric mode.
Even though the X2 has a performance-oriented model in the guise of the M35i xDrive, BMW hasn’t given any indications the X1 will follow suit. But the carparazzi beat the Bavarian automaker to the answer, snapping multiple test mules with M Performance parts and a more aggressive front bumper.
The F39 in M35i xDrive flavor utilizes the B48 engine with 306 PS (302 horsepower) and 450 Nm (332 pound-feet) of torque. The go-faster treatment extends to the M135i xDrive, hooked up to the ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Turning our attention back to the X1, can you believe BMW is charging €300 for Apple CarPlay connectivity? “Greed” is the word you’re looking for.