Guilt free

BMW currently offers only one variant of the X1 in Singapore. Petrolheads will rue that this model is the base sDrive18i. Despite its name suggesting that it is powered by a 1.8-litre motor, the X1 sDrive18i gets its power from BMW's familiar 1995cc in-line four cylinder engine that has also seen service in the 320i among other models. But instead of the 320i's 156bhp power output, the sDrive18i's unit has been ‘detuned' to make 150bhp, hence the sDrive18i moniker (even though the 118i and 318i has 143bhp and 136bhp respectively).

The X1 will accelerate to 100km/h from rest in 10.4 seconds, an admirable, if not fire breathing time for a 1505kg SUV with little or no sporting pretensions. Top speed is rated at a respectable 200km/h. With just 200Nm of torque available at 3600rpm, the engine lacks the mid-range urge of some of its rivals' turbocharged engines.

Work the engine hard and it hardly sounds strained, it will rev smoothly all the way to its red line in the lower gears but it will somewhat protest by sounding more vocal at higher revs. The four pot unit is also quiet at cruising speeds, making the cabin a relatively quiet place to be in. A downside of the engine though is the way it sounds. It doesn't make a gruff or rough din but it just doesn't sound as charismatic as BMW's familiar snarling in-line sixes.

The six-speed automatic gearbox makes a perfect ally to the X1's engine. It has a nice band of ratios to maximize performance and the shifts are precise and well timed. Control freaks will be glad to know that they have the option of selecting their own gears - ‘+/-‘ Steptronic manual mode is standard even on this base model BMW SUV.

BMW quotes an average fuel consumption figure of 8.4 litres per 100km for the X1 sDrive18i, a number that is not bettered by its closest premium rivals.

True to its crossover nature, the X1 sDrive18i is only two-wheel drive, hence the sDrive moniker as all-wheel drive models gets an xDrive badge instead. A rear-wheel drive format like the X1 is usually the enthusiast's choice but for a 1.5 tonne crossover SUV with just about sufficient performance, it hardly matters anyway.


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Engine Capacity 1995cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 150bhp @ 6400rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 3600rpm
Power to Weight 99.7 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.9 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type F4


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4454 x 1798 x 1545) mm
Wheelbase 2760 mm
Kerb Weight 1505 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs