• http://www.sellmycarfast.com.au Simon Henderson

    Honestly, what the hell is the point of an X1? The 1 series BMW’s have not sold well at all.

    Either people want a 4×4 or a car – so many in between options now!

    • gt6

      Did you ask the same question when Toyota brought out their RAV 4? Look at where it sits in the market now, possibly one of their better ideas within the last 20 years. (Although it could use a decent tech upgrade in the current model to keep up with the opposition)


    I personally do not like the look of the X1. I love the look of the X5 because it looks masculine and sporty but this just doesn’t look right.

    • Jacob

      Looks better than X3 from the front.

  • ox

    Best looking BMW on the market today, interior looks fantastic.

    • jimmy


  • ML

    Drove the x23d, there are shortcomings such as sub-par interior plastics, excess engine noise at idle and the auto transmission became confused when needing to perform a u-turn the accelerate hard…BUT the X1 will compare with the lower spec Q5 and has a more responsive feel – think you have to remind yourself – this is not an expensive BM and thus is built very much to a price. If you want BM quality, find a used 5series wagon.

  • SubiOwner

    Unlike the X5 & X6 which are rubbish built in USA the X1 is made in Germany.

    • http://www.facebook.com/martin.villegas Martin

      So for some reason BMW don’t bother with the same standard of quality control on the US built cars as they do the German ones…? I’m all for slagging off the US, but I don’t believe the US built BMW’s are “rubbish” as you put it.

      • Jacob

        Mate, the previous X3 was made in Austria and was universally bagged for being poorly built.

  • MattP

    Starting to see some of these on the roads now, they look better in reality than in photos. This *may* be the first BMW I am tempted to buy, but in a few years.

    (Of course I have always wanted an M3 but beyond my budget)

    • ox

      Seen a couple around too and yes, they look even better in the metal.

  • Why?

    If it’s based on the 3 series touring then where are the rear air vents?

    • Mitch

      More cars need rear air vents, even small cars.

  • gearboxdawg

    I like the rear headlights but not the front as it doesn’t look as good as the X5 current headlights.

    The 43 k price is misleading as it is not the driveaway price. Driveaway price is closer to 55 k to 65 k once you add up dealer delivery fees, statutory road charges and options. By then you can consider other SUVs on the market like a forrester or upmarket CX9.

    • Mitch

      Options are just that, Options. Means you dont have to get them.

  • Jimmy James

    “It’s the cheapest BMW you can buy”….

    Um, no it isnt. The 118i Hatch is $38,990 RRP.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Karl Peskett

      Right you are JJ.

      The line was meant to say “BMW SUV”. All sorted now.



  • Luke Skywalker

    I’m sort of wishing I bought one of these instead of my 323i sedan. Oh well, I still have a great car!

  • ridley

    people are buying the image. you know the action packed life of kayaking,downhill mountain biking, rock climbing … that’s why they buy these cars, to sell themselves to the world as the adventurous type. When in reality, a few speed bumps in the KFC drive through is the most action this car will ever see.

    the 3series and 1 series are far better cars imo

    • Hung Low

      So what image are you buying with a 1 series?
      A ticket to prestige car ownership??

  • nickdl

    This looks great! And all for $52,000. Oh wait, everything that makes it stand out from the competition is an expensive option.

    BMW, Merc and Audi make some really good cars however if you ever think you’re going to get a decent one for <60k you're kidding yourself. Once you option it up to make it really nice it's another 10k on top of the driveaway price.

    Also, why say it's the best 'compact SAV' in the world? It sounds like you're working for BMW when you say that. SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) is a made up word by BMW so that they can differ their SUVs from other manufacturers and say that their cars are the 'best in the world' without blinking twice.

  • mmmmmm

    every other little suv just got more boring, (probably better value) but more boring.
    I want an X123 in Blue
    good article

  • Hung Low

    Good buying, especially when you consider the performance of the diesel engine on offer!
    You could be paying $42k to drive a Hyundai IX35 these days!!

  • Mythfrances

    It looks small… As the author stated its a SUV that rewards the driver, but not the rear seat passengers =(

    • Radbloke

      It’s supposed to be small you goose!

  • TomJ

    I saw one of these on the road the other day, for the price i can see them being really popular.

    BMW is slowly moving its price down into VW territory.

    • bangle

      And quality

  • http://www.drivingschoolpages.com.au Drivingschoolpages.com.au

    That car looks really nice,it may be a poor man’s X5 but hey who is complaining if you have a spare 50K lying around good luck to you.

  • Simonsez

    It looks ridiculous and totally impractical with that low profile rubber.
    The fact that BMW have allowed “non round” wheel arches to prevent a reasonable profile tyre only serves to confirm that they are more interested in style than practicality.Now doubt they’ll sell to those who care only for the badge appeal or who never venture off onto some off our poorly maintained secondary roads.

  • Shak

    Looks wise its one of the better bavarians in BMW’s stable, but again like all the recent segment morphing cars/suv’s/coupes/GT’s from BMW i really dont think this car has a defined purpose or segment to live in.

  • OSienna

    I test drove an x20d in auto form (I was really interested in a manual but none were available for test drive) and I really hated it. Based on a 3 series touring, I expected to fall in love with it immediaty since I owned one previously.

    It was extremely disappointing to say the least. Noticeable turbo lag, noisy donk, heavy steering, cramped interior and tiny boot for its class were enough for me to drop it from my shortlist altogether. I’ve driven a few turbo diesels lately and this one was somewhat below par in comparison.

    I was won over by the styling and would have been more forgiving if the ride and handling wasn’t so lackluster. Poor sound proofing made it unbearable. Perhaps if I’d driven the manual I may have been less critical.

    I ended up with a Forester XT (manual) with all the toys I could never have afforded to option on the X1 for $20K less. It’s a lot of fun for a family car and I guess i’ll grow to like the styling over time (it’s a little too bland IMHO). I guess beggars can’t be choosers.

  • http://www.thebookabyss.com.au Buybooksonline

    I love this car. For anyone who wants an x5 but doesn’t want to part with that much money, this seems to be the perfect compromise. I’d have one!

  • Alex

    I really like the X1.

    I woult buy one to replace my 2007 Forester XT, but as stated the read seat is poorly designed, and I need two carseats!

    Plus the boot is too small. The 07 Forester has a decent boot for a small car, and the new Forester boot is even bigger.

    I am keen to try a new diesel X1/Forester/Outback but for the price I would be better off with a new Forester XT Premium or Outback 2D Premium for less money than this X1.

    Tough call, but the boot and rear seat are a deal breaker.

  • Panda

    I just don’t know why anybody pays thousands for a badge. If I needed a car with these kind of specs, I’d need to get my head examined if I didn’t buy a Forester.

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  • Micky

    I saw one the other day and let me tell you – the photos of this car are very deceiving. In person, it is TINY. I’m not exaggerating. It is miniscule (mainly in terms of height). When you first see it, you will think it’s a passenger car, not an SUV. To give you a comparison – the X1 makes a Honda CR-V appear enormous.

  • MK

    1.5 tons….well then it should have to pay 1.5 times as much as I do when I use EastLink or CityLink.

  • Kennyboye

    What’s with all this forester crap? Cheap interior and lackluster performance with a face only a blind mother could love…sheesh! I would be comparing it to the Volvo XC60 (which would be my pick)

  • Jack

    Hey CA, thanks for the review mentioning the ride, and rear seating. Much appreciated.

  • Marck96

    I hate my X1 front seats. They are very, very unconfortable. Also a few hours driving you get sweat in you back. Seats are horrible to drive!

BMW X1 Specs

Car Details
sDRIVE 18i
E84 MY11
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$22,770 - $25,880
Dealer Retail
$23,590 - $28,050
Dealer Trade
$17,900 - $20,700
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
200Nm @  3600rpm
Max. Power
110kW @  6400rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
8.4L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1400  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
225/50 R17
Rear Tyres
225/50 R17
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Rear Suspension
Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
Standard Features
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
Control & Handling
17 Inch Alloy Wheels, Traction Control System
Cruise Control, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Radio Compact Disc Player
Fog Lights - Front, Power Mirrors, Roof Racks
Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Side Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Voice Recognition System
Xenon Headlights
Service Interval
24 months /  25,000 kms
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Inner Guard
Country of Origin