BMW’s second-generation X1 compact crossover goes on sale this fall as a 2016 model and with starting price of $35,795, including a $995 destination charge. That’s up a substantial $3,945 on the starting price of the outgoing model, though it should be noted that xDrive all-wheel-drive is now a standard feature whereas previously it was available.
The two-wheel-drive option of the outgoing model is no longer offered. And when you add the cost of adding xDrive to the starting price of the outgoing model, the increase in pricing for the 2016 X1 comes in at only $2,145. The reason two-wheel drive is no longer offered is due to the 2016 X1 being based on a front-wheel-drive platform, in this case the UKL platform shared with MINI, whereas the outgoing model was rear-wheel-drive-derived.
The pricing information is available on an online configurator set up for the 2016 X1. The vehicle is being launched in X1 xDrive28i guise only but alternatives, including a possible plug-in hybrid option, should be available at a later date. The X1 xDrive28i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
Some of the worthy options are 19-inch light alloys (18-inch alloys are standard) for $600, a Harmon Kardon sound system for $875 and the panoramic moonroof for $1,350. BMW has also grouped many of the most popular items into several packages. For example, there’s the Technology Package which for $2,550 adds handy items such as navigation and a touchpad controller, a head-up display and real-time traffic info among others. There’s also a $1,150 Driver Assistance Package which adds things like a reversing camera and parking aids.