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by Matt Brogan

Update: BMW X1 Review.

The BMW family of ‘X’ models will adopt a new member early next year when the youthful, versatile and efficient X1 joins the fold.

Suited to younger, urban customers the X1 combines purposes to provide another option to buyers in the premium compact segment.

Model variants as available in the European line-up include a range of petrol (one) and diesel (three) engines, some of which feature BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, as well as a wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics features including Brake Energy Regeneration, Auto Start Stop and a gearshift point indicator.

Although details on local engine line-up, specifications, equipment levels and final pricing will be announced closer to launch, we do know that the European range kicks off with the sDrive18d. This rear-wheel drive variant achieves an average fuel consumption figure of just 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres and a CO2 rating of just 136 grams making it the first vehicle of its kind to emit less than 140 grams of CO2 per kilometre.

While at the top end of the scale sits the xDrive28i offering an in-line-six cylinder petrol engine that develops 190kW, allowing the car to sprint to 100 km /h in 6.8 seconds.

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Cutting-edge suspension technology features a double-joint thrust bar or, respectively, an aluminium double-joint tiebar at the front and a five-arm rear axle in lightweight steel, high-precision power steering, high-performance brakes and ESC.

The body structure is designed from the outset for maximum occupant safety. Standard safety features include three-point inertia-reel seat belts all round, frontal and side airbags as well as head airbags at the side, adaptive Brake Lights and daytime driving lights.

From the front, the X1 retains typical BMW X features with a ‘three-eye-look’ and elevated fog lamps. The kidney grille is upright, the short hood is deeply sculpted and the rear lights are a reinterpretation of the typical BMW L-shape. The wheelhouses are squared and a steeply raked rear window highlights the car’s sporting appeal. BMW’s trademark ‘Hofmeister kick’ is also evident at the base of the C-pillar.

Luggage capacity can be increased from 420 litres to 1,350 litres thanks to 40:20:40 split fold rear seats.

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The BMW X1 SUV will go on sale in Australia within the first quarter of 2010.




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