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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

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