New BMW X1: mini-crossover gets facelifted

Published: 29 May 2019

►  X1 gets a facelift
►  Hybrid version to come
► Most models will be FWD

Here’s the new BMW X1, a car we were 100% expecting. As you can tell from the name, it’s another boxing-ticking exercise, giving you the smaller looks and price of a hatchback with the space and stature of an SUV. That's the idea, anyway.

What is interesting though, is that it’ll come in a hybrid flavour too, this time.

New BMW X1

It’s another mini-crossover then

This is a fairly subtle facelift, and adds some of the signature styling features of the recently released 1-series. If you like how that car looks, you’re in luck. If not, this is everything you disliked about the 1-series, but on stilts. Either way, BMW says it's reshaped the grille, added tweaked lights, and given the crossover new rear lights, too.

And inside?

Even less has changed, though BMW’s still excellent iDrive system is now available to prod via touchscreen or use via mechanical click-wheel. And after watching Audi throw away its intuitive physical controls, we’re relieved to see BMW hasn't followed suit. If it ain’t broke…

New BMW X1

Tell me about the engines, then?

The updated X1 will come with four powertrain options to begin with, split into two diesel and two petrol engines. The new crossover continues BMW’s move to front-axle power, too; just like the recently revealed 1-series, most variations of the X1 are FWD, though BMW’s xDrive system is available on higher-end models.

New BMW X1

What’s all this about a hybrid?

A hybrid X1 will help contribute to BMW’s promise to roll out 12 electrified models by the end of 2019 – but it won’t actually be ready this year. Called the xDrive25e, the hybrid X1 will enter production in March 2020, and share the same generation tech as the i8. It’ll have a useful 31 miles of EV-only range.

New BMW X1

As for price?

The new X1 will start at £28,795 for the basic front-wheel drive sDrive18i petrol, and climb to £34,595 for the all-wheel xDrive20d. 

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast