A standard eight-speed automatic transmission, trim and styling tweaks, and enhanced equipment levels headline the upgrades to the 2014 BMW X1.

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The six-speed manual transmission has been dropped from the premium compact SUV line-up, though BMW Australia has retained the X1’s $46,300 starting price.

Pricing of the $48,300 sDrive20i also carries over, while the $56,900 xDrive20d and $59,900 xDrive28i rise $600 and $300 respectively.

Despite the small price increases for the all-wheel-drive variants, BMW Australia claims the added features represent added value of more than $4400 for all four models.

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Now standard across the range is an anti-dazzle rear-view mirror and a lighting package with reading lights and illuminated exterior door handles, vanity mirrors and luggage compartment.

Extended smartphone functionality also now includes Bluetooth audio streaming, album cover display, multiple device pairing and provision for a snap-in adaptor.

The all-wheel-drive xDrive20d and xDrive28i variants also gain gearshift paddles, front parking sensors and a reverse-view camera.

Subtle styling updates include satin aluminium front bumper inserts, stainless steel cargo compartment protector, a soft-touch instrument cluster hood, and contrast stitching when ordered with one of the optional design lines.

The $1500 Visibility Package option (down $100) now includes adaptive bi-xenon headlights and high-beam assist, while the Parking Package option, available on sDrive variants, is down $150 to $850.

Prices of the various design lines also fall slightly: Sport Line ($2307 on sDrive, $1538 on xDrive), xLine ($2769 on sDrive, $2000 on xDrive), M Sport ($3692 on sDrive, $4846 on xDrive).

 

2014 BMW X1 prices:

sDrive18d $46,300

sDrive20i $48,300

xDrive20d $56,900

xDrive28i $59,900