For The BMW X1 is a refined cruiser that's also composed in bends, plus it's easy on fuel and CO2 emissions are low.
Against It isn't hugely practical and some of the interior trim falls short of the standards we've come to expect from BMW. The ride is unsettled.
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The BMW X1's low running costs and its composure in bends are appealing, but other small SUVs are classier.
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There are 23 BMW X1 versions available
Target Price team says:
Plenty of hatchbacks provide more space, and offer similar performance for a lot less money, but if you judge it as an SUV, the BMW X1 is reasonably priced.
Most versions are available with both rear-wheel drive (sDrive) and four-wheel drive (xDrive); the entry-level 16d diesel and range-topping xDrive25d are the exception. We'd go for rear-wheel drive because it makes the X1 significantly cheaper to run.
We'd also stick with the entry-level SE trim because this comes with all the equipment you need. However, the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox is worth considering; it's available with every model except the 20d Efficient Dynamics and is both smooth and efficient.
Reader test team says:
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