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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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BMW X1 (09-) 4X4
9 reader reviews for BMW X1 Crossover.
  • xDrive 18d xLine 5dr

    Tim Barker Date: 21/10/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      40

    My car

    Why did I buy an X1? My last car was a Saab 93 Sportwagon. Because of the sad demise of this quirky manufacturer a suitable replacement for my beloved Saab was going to be difficult. My main criteria were the performance of the Saab and, the one thing I did miss from my Freelanders, an elevated driving position. I tried the various offerings from all the main opposition and there is nothing intrinsically wrong with them, but I always get out of them thinking to myself I just don’t want to own one. This left me considering BMW ownership. The X5/X6 were way out of my league. I weighed up the X3 and X1 models and we decided the X1 fitted the bill. Off we went to the local dealership to have a look at second hand models. All of them were the pre-facelift versions and I’ll be honest I thought the interior, like the reviews say, did look a bit low rent. Whilst there we did look inside a 2013 model and it is much better in my opinion. Could we stretch to a new one? In the end we decided to “do it”!

    We are delighted with the car. In the last 2 months we have done the sort of driving that we always do; nothing more than commuting 7-8 miles in traffic to and from work with the occasional 20 mile round trip to see family. The fuel economy for the 2 months has been 40mpg. Because we bought new we could only afford the 18d; we valued cruise and the auto box over the extra bhp of the 20d. Performance wise there is not a lot to choose between it and our 150bhp Saab. We love our X1.

  • sDrive 20d M Sport 5dr

    Ian Wilson , . Date: 01/05/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46.1

    My car

    Excellent car - I test drove (what seemed like) every alternative but nothing drove as well as this. I bought it used (one year old) with the service pack included, and it was pretty good value for a BMW. Had it for 18 months now and no quibbles. It came well kitted - leather seats etc - and the panoramic sunroof which makes the cabin light, airy and feels spacious.

    It feels very sturdy and safe to drive, yet is agile and quick like no other crossover/SUV currently on the market. I look forward to each drive in it. Love it. Had a Merc before, which was rather spongy and 'flabby' by comparison.

    I haven't driven in the snow so can't comment on that, suspect - being 2WD - it's not great.

    Would strongly recommend a test drive.

  • xDrive 20d SE 5dr

    Jonathan Staton , Northants . Date: 16/04/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      44

    My car

    Its a bit of a jack or all trades and master of none. Its OK but you just don't love it. This is the new model and was purchased because we have a cottage in the North Yorkshire Moors. Performance in the snow is OK but would benefit from winter tyres. The doors clang and the windscreen wipers clatter like a 1960 Hillman Minx. Poor quality. The engine doesn't feel like 181 BHP but is adequate. Handling is OK but no feel from the lifeless, very heavy steering. I find the controls and media controls very uneccessarily complicated. Practicality not good as suspension struts narrow the load bay. Suspension very hard. The seats are comfortable as our model is the sport and we have the leather seat option. Soundproofing reasonably good. The economy better than expected. Gear change a bit sticky. A disappointing car for the money

  • sDrive 20d SE 5dr

    Mark Ridoo , . Date: 04/02/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48.7

    My car

    Great drive, practical and stylish.

    I previously owned an Audi TT but decided I needed a larger car, about a year ago, with a two year old and another on the way. Fancied something that was not too ordinary so I test drove a number of Crossovers/SUVs. This was the only one that I felt has a genuinely involving and sporty drive (unlike the RR Evoque I drove which was really was like a tractor - disappointing after reading such good reviews). I loved the X1's driving position - being slightly raised - and it feels very solid and well built, yet is easy to park. I also particularly liked the X1's styling and, naturally, the low running costs appealed.

    After a year of trouble free driving I've not been disappointed. Nimble and quick for a car of its size - great for town driving/parking and also a pleasure for long journey cruising. I would strongly recommend it. After test driving the Evoque, then the X1, I wouldn't be guided by any What Car review again.

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