Evan Riley/ September 14, 2018/ BMW/ 0 comments


If you’re shopping for a new ride, we’re sure you have an image in your head of the picture-perfect vehicle. Unfortunately, your dream will rarely become a reality, as it’s unrealistic to find a car company that will deliver all of the amenities you’re looking for. Well, rather, it’s unrealistic if you’re eyeing a car brand other than BMW. The brand has made it incredibly easy for customers to build their picture-perfect ride, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to the brand-new 2018 BMW X1.

Below, we’ve walked through the entire building process of the nameplate, providing you with a bit of guidance before you begin the buying experience….


BMW is all about the customer and owner experience, and that would naturally include the entire building process. The brand provides customers with a pair of model options as they’re designing their new 2018 BMW X1, meaning you can opt for the variation that best fits your needs.

The major differences between the two available models can be boiled down to the engine and mechanical offerings. The X1 sDrive28i model is equipped with a 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine, as well as an intuitive front-wheel drive system. This unit delivers impressive performance specs (including a 6.6-second 0-to-60 mile per hour time) and impressive efficiency numbers (32 miles per gallon).

Drivers can instead opt for the X1 xDrive28i engine, which includes the 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline four-cylinder engine with xDrive, as well as an intelligent all-wheel drive system. This leads to a 6.3-second 0-to-60 time and a 31-mile-per-gallon fuel efficiency. This variation is a bit more expensive than the previously-mentioned model, so make sure you’re accounting for the extra costs if you end up targeting this version of the 2018 BMW X1.

For the sake of this exercise, we decided to build the first offering: the X1 sDrive28i model.


Next, customers will have to choose between a pair of vehicle designs, each of which add their own specific persona to the ride.

The standard offering is known for its sleek, long body, an attribute that you’d probably expect from a significantly larger ride. The brand describes this variation as “bold” and “rugged,” and the SUV relies on these attributes to deliver optimal power and efficiency.

If customers want a bit more sportiness from their new ride, they could shift their focus to the M Sport Design. Inspired by the brand’s M Cars, this is the perfect option for those who are seeking a bit of athleticism from their new ride. The brand describes the ride as “bold” and “muscular,” and you’ll surely catch some fellow drivers’ eyes as you’re cruising down the road in this variation of the 2018 BMW X1.

For this article, we opted for the standard design (after all, we’re trying to keep costs a low as possible).


While the 2018 BMW X1 is already equipped with a number of notable features and amenities, you can elevate your vehicle’s offerings my opting for any of the brand’s available “tiers.” Essentially serving as BMW’s version of packages, these offerings will add a number of notable features to your ride that all revolve around one specific attribute.

For instance, the Convenience Tier is intended to make life a whole lot easier for the driver. The vehicle will be equipped with nine exclusive features, including:

  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Comfort Access keyless Entry
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (along with a one-year subscription to an All Access Subscription)
  • Garage door opener
  • Ambient lighting
  • Lumbar support
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • Panoramic moonroof

The other available offering is the “Premium Tier,” which adds six new features to the Convenience Tier. These new offerings include:

  • Remote Services
  • Head-up Display
  • Live traffic info
  • Navigation (with accompanying touchpad controller)
  • LED Headlights (with Cornering Lights)
  • Heated front seats/steering wheel

The Convenience Tier will add about $2,500 to your bill, while the Premium Tier adds $5,800. Predictably, we rolled with a version that doesn’t add money to the bill, but keep these offerings in mind if you’re looking to take your BMW X1 to another level.


While it might not necessarily impact your enjoyment of the vehicle, many car buyers are particularly focused on their impending purchase’s cosmetics. Well, in this case, there’s really no attribute that’s more important than the exterior color, and BMW delivers a number of striking options for customers to choose from.

The various offerings include:

  • Alpine White (Non-Metallic)
  • Jet Black (Non-Metallic)
  • Black Sapphire Metallic (Metallic): extra $550
  • Glacier Silver Metallic (Metallic): extra $550
  • Mineral White Metallic (Metallic): extra $550
  • Mineral Grey Metallic (Metallic): extra $550
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic (Metallic): extra $550
  • Dark Olive Metallic (Metallic): extra $550
  • Mediterranean Blue Metallic (Metallic): extra $550
  • Sunset Orange Metallic (Metallic): extra $550

With a number of striking paint offerings to choose from, you’ll be able to personalize your exterior to your liking.


Speaking of exterior cosmetics, your wheel choice will play a role in whether fellow drivers gawk or disregard your BMW. Fortunately, each of BMW’s offerings will provide their own sporty or luxurious persona, and there’s really no bad choice as you’re deciding what to opt for.

The offerings include:

  • 18-inch Y-spoke wheels, with all-season run-flat tires
  • 18-inch Y-spoke wheels, with all-season non run-flat tires
  • 19-inch Y-spoke wheels, with run-flat tires (part of Convenience Tier)

Other Choices

You’re not finished building your new BMW, as the brand requires buyers to choose from a number of additional amenities and features before they’ve completed their new ride.

For instance, customers can choose from the five opulent upholstery options: Black SensaTec, Sensatec Oyster/Black, Mocha Dakota Leather (extra $1,450), Oyster Dakota Leather (extra $1,450), and Blake Dakota Leather (extra $1,450). This decision will logically pair with your trim choice, as you’ll want your upholstery and trim to complement each other. The brand provides customers with the option to choose from four different trims: Fine-wood Oak Grain Trim with Pearl Chrome Accent, Fine-wood ‘Fineline’ Trim with Pearl Chrome Accent (extra $350), Brushed Aluminum Trim with Pearl Chrome Accent (extra $350), and Black High-gloss Trim with Pearl Chrome Accent.

Naturally, the brand also offers a number of packages (like the Driving Assistance Package and the Luxury Package) to increase convenience and driving experience, and there are also a number of accessories that you could add to your new ride.

While it may be relatively easy to build your brand-new 2018 BMW X1, the same can’t always be said about the car-buying experience. Well, you’ll have no need to worry if you visit BMW of Cincinnati, where you can expect the best prices and the best service.

The dealership does a whole lot more than just sell cars. Rather, the finance department works with customers on all of the financial details of the purchase, while the service department will fix up any issues you may run into.

So what are you waiting for? If you’re planning on building a brand-new 2018 BMW X1, there’s no better place to get the ball rolling than BMW of Cincinnati.

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