Due later this year, the new BMW X1 gains more space and technology – but a $6000 price rise on the base model, and the controversial availability of heated seat subscriptions.
- 2023 BMW X1 pricing and specifications
- sDrive18i front-drive and xDrive20i AWD options, until iX1 EV launches
- Heated seat and steering wheel subscription services available
- Priced from $53,900 plus on-road costs
The 2023 BMW X1 small SUV will launch in Australia with a starting price $6000 higher than its predecessor – but there’s more standard equipment than before.
The new X1 range is due in Australian BMW showrooms in late 2022 in a choice of two variants, priced from $53,900 plus on-road costs for the sDrive18i – up $6000 over the outgoing sDrive18i ($47,900 plus on-road costs, about $54,000 drive-away).
Buyers looking for all-wheel drive (AWD) can opt for the xDrive20i, priced from $65,900 plus on-road costs – down up on the last AWD X1 sold in Australia, the xDrive25i, with a $66,900 plus on-roads sticker (though this model was more potent).
While prices are up, standard equipment is too, with both models sharing dual interior screens, a head-up display, adaptive LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, power tailgate and a full advanced safety suite.
Whereas the outgoing X1 made do with a small 5.7-inch instrument display and an ageing 8.8-inch central touchscreen (with iDrive 6 software), the new model gains a 10.7-inch iDrive 8 touchscreen and a fully-digital 10.25-inch instrument cluster.
sDrive18i buyers get 18-inch wheels and Sensatec leather-like synthetic upholstery, while those that step up to the xDrive20i score 19-inch wheels and heated seats (plus more power and all-wheel drive).
The xDrive20i has no direct predecessor – a front-wheel-drive sDrive20i could previously be had for $56,900 plus on-road costs, while an xDrive25i all-wheel-drive variant in 2021 was $66,900.
The new X1 will debut ‘feature on demand’ subscription services for the BMW brand in Australia, with buyers able to pay a monthly fee (or buy a plan) to get heated steering wheels in both models, or heated front seats in the sDrive18i, after purchase.
It means all X1 models come with the hardware required for seat and steering wheel heating – but to unlock it, buyers will need to pay more via the BMW ConnectedDrive online store.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed – though details published early on BMW’s website suggests heated seats will cost $29 per month, while a heated steering wheel will be $19/month. Click here for more details.
For a full list of standard features across various models, see the specification lists at the bottom of this story.
Information supplied to dealers suggests some features – specifically hands-free functionality for the power tailgate, or electric front-seat lumbar – may not be available due to the semiconductor shortage. Check with your BMW dealer when ordering for more information.
Powering the entry-level sDrive18i is a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder sending 115kW and 230Nm to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for a 9.0-second 0-100km/h time.
Meanwhile, the xDrive20i gains a 2.0-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder developing 150kW and 300Nm, sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The claimed 0-100km/h time is 7.4 seconds.
Due in early 2023 is the all-electric iX1 (above), set to launch in dual-motor xDrive30 form with up to 230kW/494Nm, and 438km of claimed driving range from a 64.7kWh battery pack.
Across the petrol range, metallic paint costs $1800, while the BMW Individual Storm Bay finish costs $1800. Opt for the Enhancement Package and metallic colours are free, while the Storm Bay paint’s price is cut to $700.
For a full list of standard features across the 2023 BMW X1 range, scroll to the lists at the bottom of this story. First deliveries are due in the fourth quarter of 2022 (October to December).
2023 BMW X1 Australian pricing
- X1 sDrive18i – $53,900 (up $6000)
- X1 sDrive18i – $65,900
- iX1 – $TBC
Note: All prices above exclude on-road costs.
2023 BMW X1 sDrive18i standard features:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Adaptive LED headlights (new)
- xLine exterior styling pack
- 10.7-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay (new), wireless Android Auto (new), reversing camera, over-the-air updates and digital radio (new screen)
- 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster (new)
- Augmented-reality (new) satellite navigation
- Head-up display (newly standard)
- Wireless phone charging
- Dual-zone automatic climate control (new)
- Keyless entry and start
- Sensatec perforated synthetic leather upholstery (seats and dashboard)
- Sport leather steering wheel
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Black headlining
- Power tailgate (new)
- Driving Professional Plus pack, which includes:
- Adaptive cruise control with stop and go (new)
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Lane-keep assist
- Blind-spot monitoring (new)
- 360-degree camera (new)
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Reversing Assistant (new)
- Automatic parking (new)
- BMW Drive Recorder dashcam (new)
- “Preparation” for seat heating
- “Preparation” for steering wheel heating
2023 BMW X1 xDrive20i adds (over sDrive18i):
- xDrive20i all-wheel-drive powertrain
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Driving Assistant Professional suite, which includes:
- Front cross-traffic alert
- Lane centring assist
- Heated front seats as standard
- Power-adjustable front seats (with electric lumbar adjustment)
The optional Enhancement Package, available on sDrive18i ($6000) and xDrive20i ($4000), adds:
- Metallic paint
- Panoramic sunroof
- Harman Kardon premium sound system
- Sliding rear seats
- Driving Assistant Professional pack (sDrive18i only; already standard on xDrive20i)
- Electric front seats (sDrive18i only)
The optional M Sport Package, available only on xDrive20i ($3000), adds:
- 19-inch M Sport alloy wheels
- Adaptive M suspension
- Sensatec and Alcantara upholstery with blue stitching
- Unique ‘aluminium hexacube’ interior trim
- M leather steering wheel
- M Sport exterior styling package
- Black ‘Shadow Line’ exterior accents
- Black roof rails
Downloadable features over the air will include:
- Heated steering wheel (both models)
- Heated front seats (sDrive18i only; already standard on xDrive20i)
Dealers have been advised of the following options:
- 19-inch wheels for sDrive18i ($2000)
- 20-inch wheels ($3500 for sDrive18i, $2000 for xDrive20i)
- Vernasca leather upholstery ($2800)
Available colours include:
- Alpine White (no cost)
- Mineral White Metallic
- Black Sapphire Metallic
- Phytonic Blue Metallic
- M Portimao Blue Metallic
- Sanremo Green Metallic
- Cape York Green Metallic
- Utah Orange Metallic
- BMW Individual Storm Bay premium
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.