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BMW X1 small SUV now more affordable

The four-strong 2019 BMW X1 small SUV range has come in for a major facelift, with massaged looks front and rear headlining the aesthetic changes. Two of the four available grades have seen their pricing reduced, while only the fastest petrol model has become dearer.

A larger grille sees the X1 aligned more closely with its X3, X5 and X7 siblings in the ‘wagon-bodied’ BMW SUV range, while the LED headlights switch to a hexagonal shape and the tail light graphics are updated.

New taillight graphics make it easy to spot an updated X1.

All four grades have been retained in the facelift, with a sole turbo Diesel engine offering a more frugal option for high-milers.

The entry level remains the turbo three-cylinder sDrive18i, which has fallen in price by $1,400 to $44,500 (plus on-road costs). Sharing the Mini’s turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder, now making 103kW/220Nm. Standard specification includes wireless smartphone charging, an 8.8-inch touchscreen with navigation and wireless Apple CarPlay, LED headlights, artificial leather seating, and low-speed AEB.

The interior remains largely the same as the pre-facelift version.

From there, it’s a $5,400 step into the diesel X1, called sDrive20d – this is a two-litre turbo unit producing 110kW/330Nm, with other specification mirroring that of the aforementioned sDrive18i.

Second from the top is the sDrive20i, which utilises a two-litre turbo petrol to make 141kW/280Nm. This grade falls in price by $2,400 to $48,500 before on-roads. Specification at the 20i level moves up to include a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen, a head-up display, power tailgate, and upgraded lighting that bundles adaptive technology for the headlights and ‘X1’ puddle lamps.

The flagship X1 xDrive25i is the sole grade that sees its price increased, by $2,000 to $62,900 before on-road costs. This car makes 170kW/350Nm from its two-litre turbo. Additionally justifying the considerable $14,400 upgrade over the 20i is greater equipment in the shape of AWD, real leather seating with heating and electric adjustment up front, keyless entry and start, 19-inch wheels, and dual-zone climate control.

This is the upmarket xDrive25i grade – the sole X1 with AWD in Australia.

2019 BMW X1 facelift Australian pricing

X1 sDrive18i: $44,500

X1 sDrive18d: $49,900

X1 sDrive20i: $48,500

X1 xDrive25i: $62,900

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Volkswagen Touareg 2019 Reef Blue front Volkswagen Touareg range now starts from $79k

The 2019 Volkswagen Touareg lineup will expand in late October to two permanent variants, bringing down the price of entry by $10,500 to $79,490 before on-road costs.

A new two-variant strategy will spell the end of availability of the current Touareg 190TDI Launch Edition (reviewed here), the $89,990 special edition that heralded the arrival of the Mk III Touareg in Australia earlier this year.

In late October two new variants will take over, badged 190TDI and 190TDI Premium, priced at $79,490 and $85,490 respectively. Both prices do not include driveaway costs.

Volkswagen Touareg 2019 Reef Blue side
Don’t get too attached to this shade of blue – it’s being replaced by a lighter shade.

The new grades utilise the Launch Edition’s three-litre turbocharged V6 Diesel engine, producing 190kW/600Nm. This represents a switch from an earlier plan to run two states of V6 diesel tune – 170kW and 210Nm. Both of the latter engines are Euro 6 and have not been tested for Australia’s last-gen NEDC emissions scheme, hence the older 190TDI continuing on.

Specification across the extended range remains pretty generous in comparison to the Touareg’s platform-sharing cousins – the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.

No Touareg goes without full keyless entry and start, a power tailgate, leather seats or an adaptive safety package that includes low and high speed AEB, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Volkswagen Touareg 2019 Reef Blue rear
The new Touareg packs a 190kW diesel V6 regardless of grade.

The 190TDI ($79,490) uses VW’s midrange ‘Vienna’ leather upholstery – with heating for the front seats – and includes a 9.2” touchscreen which bundles navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but does not include digital radio. The 190TDI is identifiable by its 19-inch wheels.

Stepping up to the 190TDI Premium means shelling out another $6,000 but includes a number of desirable features – most notably air suspension. Other Premium equipment includes higher-grade Savona leather trim (in either black or beige) with massaging and ventilation for the front seats. The wheel size is also bumped to 20-inches while the headlights assume IQ Matrix technology.

Both models can be optioned with the Touareg’s very impressive – and very expensive – high-end Innovision infotainment, with a huge 15-inch touchscreen, for a not insignificant $8,000.

Volkswagen Touareg 2019 black interior
Spend $8,000 extra and you’ll get this huge 15-inch touchscreen.

Other options are limited to the 190TDI Premium, which can be specified with two further packs, both priced at $8,000.

The Sound and Comfort pack includes a 360-degree camera, an upgraded 730-watt 12-speaker Dynaudio stereo, quad-zone climate control, and 15 litres of additional diesel capacity.

This pack also brings memory functionality to the Touareg; if you want to have multiple memory seat positions you have to tip in for this $8k upgrade: a big ask.

A sportier R-Line package will be an $8,000 option.

The second package – R-Line – includes sportier styling outside and in, differing 20-inch wheels, four wheel steering, and an active sway bar for more secure hard cornering.

A panoramic sunroof is available on the Premium for $3,000.

For both models, the colour set includes the traditional ‘German rainbow’ of white, black, grey, and silver, but also two brighter shades in Aquamarine Blue and Malbec Red. Reef Blue will be deleted with the departure of the Launch Edition.

The last Launch Edition cars will arrive in Australia in September, with the 190TDI and 190TDI Premium taking over the reins in late October.

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2019 Toyota Corolla two tone hatch 2020 Toyota Corolla update brings CarPlay to Australia

The twelfth-gen Toyota Corolla hatch has received its first annual update, with a suite of changes for 2020 that bundles smartphone integration, additional safety tech and an available, racier two-tone colour scheme. No pricing changes have been announced.

Arriving in November this year, Toyota will make Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring tech a standard feature of the Corolla range, senior sources have confirmed.

The Corolla will continue to be offered with a choice of 2.0-litre petrol (125kW/200Nm) or 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid (90kW) engines. Hopes that the Corolla would be upgraded to Europe’s punchier 132kW 2.0-litre hybrid were not met this year.

2019 Toyota Corolla two tone hatch
This new shade is called ‘Feverish Red’, seen with the new black roof option.

On the safety front, a new low-speed manoeuvre emergency braking system primarily designed for use while parking will be added to the mid-tier SX and high-spec ZR grades. The system, called Parking Support Brake, detects static objects and rear cross-traffic while the Corolla is travelling at up to 15km/h.

The new ‘colourway’ paint jobs will allow those buying the top-spec ZR to have the Corolla hatch’s roof painted black when paired with a range of colours that include a new shade of ‘Feverish’ red (replacing ‘Volcanic’ red). This two-tone scheme has been available in some markets since the new shape launched but it’s only now reached Australia.

2019 Toyota Corolla ZR hybrid dashboard side
This touchscreen will soon feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Inside, the ZR also picks up eight-way electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, replacing manual control.

Finally, the base Ascent Sport grade will now be optionally available with a tyre repair kit replacing the standard full-size spare wheel. If that option box is ticked boot space increases from 217 litres to 333 litres.

For those looking for a boot, a new Toyota Corolla sedan will launch later in 2019.

2019 Toyota Corolla Australian pricing (plus on-road costs)

Ascent Sport hatch petrol manual: $22,870

Ascent Sport hatch petrol CVT: $24,370

Ascent Sport hatch hybrid CVT: $25,870

SX hatch petrol CVT: $26,870

SX hatch hybrid CVT: $28,370

ZR hatch petrol CVT: $30,370

ZR hatch hybrid CVT: $31,870

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2019 BMW 330i Touring grey M Sport New BMW 330i wagon locked in for Australia

In a vote of confidence in station wagons, Bavarian automaker BMW has confirmed that the 3 Series Touring will make a return in new-generation ‘G21’ form. The 2019 BMW 330i Touring will arrive in Australia this October, with a one-engine strategy at launch and the prospect of additional engines joining the lineup later.

Powered by a turbocharged two-litre petrol four making 190kW/400Nm, the 330i is pretty quick, sprinting from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds – making it just one-tenth of a second slower than the new 330i sedan (reviewed by us here).

Like the sedan, the new 330i Touring will come with an M Sport package as standard, though those preferring a more traditional aesthetic can tick the Luxury Line box as a no-cost option. We’d be doing that, obviously.

2019 BMW 330i Touring green Luxury
The 3 Series Touring in Luxury Line trim, and an unusual shade of green…

Compared to the previous ‘F31’ shape, the new 3 Series wagon is 76mm longer, 16mm wider, and 8mm higher. Both the front and rear track are widened and the wheelbase is stretched by 41mm for an additional 11mm of rear legroom. Boot space is increased very marginally from 495L to 500L.

Weight savings have resulted in a 10kg reduction over the old 330i Touring, while rigidity is substantially increased by about 25%.

Within the BMW range, the 330i Touring will sit beneath the larger 5 Series Touring (reviewed here). and represents an alternative to the X3 SUV (reviewed here).

2019 BMW 330i Touring interior
The G21’s interior reflects that of the G20 sedan.

Priced at $73,900 (driveaway pricing TBA), the new shape 330i Touring represents a $3,700 reduction in pricing over the old shape despite the equipment spread becoming relatively more generous.

New infotainment inside comprises digital displays for both the driver’s instruments and the central touchscreen, which runs BMW’s iDrive 7 system and includes wireless Apple CarPlay. Wireless smartphone charging is also standard.

BMW’s mid-grade ‘Vernasca’ leather upholstery is standard for the seats, while upgraded merino leather will be optional.

2019 BMW 330i Touring boot space
500 litres – that’s a big boot.

M Sport cars include a beefier steering wheel rim, 19-inch light alloy wheels, M Sport brakes, adaptive dampers with an M tune, plus aluminium trim and black headlining inside the car.

By contrast, opting for the Luxury Line keeps the big M Sport brakes of the more athletic variant, but sees the headlining inside switched to a light tone and swaps in grey ash wood trim. Artificial leather is splashed on the dash. Aluminium roof rails are added up top and there’s a different style of 19-inch wheel.

Both variants grab the same sport seats, as well as a ten-speaker BMW-branded stereo, adaptive LED headlights, keyless entry and start, plus BMW’s higher-end safety suite that bundles high-speed AEB, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and automated parking.

2019 BMW 330i Touring range
Consider this over an X3. You won’t regret it…
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