THE LUXURY ROUTE
BMW X1 sDrive18i
Just because you’re buying down doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury and prestige.
The X1 18i’s badge might lead you to believe it’s equipped with a 1.8-litre four-pot, but it’s actually got a 1.5-litre threecylinder. This engine is closely related to the unit found in the i8 supercars, which is an interesting topic you can raise.
The current X1 hasn’t been around for that long but there are some reasonable models available. The first owner took that initial depreciation knock so expect to pay somewhere between R350 000 to R450 000. It sounds like a large amount for an entry-level X, but have a quick glance at what new cars cost these days.
The X1 is a superb car, with our only criticism being its high-ish sticker price. Buying a used model seems to be a topnotch deal.
THE GOOD: BMW build quality. Lots of badge for the cash
THE BAD: Don’t let it slip out of warranty or maintenance plan. Repairs and services are not cheap CAN IT OFF-ROAD? Stick to gravel
PRICE: R430 000 YEAR: 2017 ENGINE: 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbopetrol MILEAGE: 27 000km