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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
11 reader reviews for BMW X1 Crossover.
  • sDrive 18d xLine 5dr

    Chris Weedon Date: 01/04/2015
    • 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
      45

    My car

    I bought this car after having a BMW 318 M Sport Touring. The auto and higher ride height, making it easier to get in and out. The eight speed auto gearbox is the best auto I have ever used, the leather interior is good and holding up well. I acheived 45mpg economy over the first 10,000 miles and this is getting better as the engine becomes more run in. I can get 650 miles to a tankful of diesel fuel in a mixture of town and motorway driving. Myself 5' 10" and my wife 5' 2" both enjoy the comfort and driving position. The ride in the back seat can be a little choppy sometimes.

    What would I change/ask BMW to install as standard. 1. Electric folding door mirrors - the manual ones are a pain in most car parks. 2. Somewhere to keep my mobile phone - everyone has them yet there is no dedicated generic storage slot. The Bluetooth connection works well, but BMW want to sell you a phone specific cradle and then they put it between the seats rather than in the dashboard where it would be useful. 3. There is no SatNav as standard even on my top of the range model, so I have downloaded a SatNav onto my iPhone, but then there is nowhere to store it safely in my line of sight. 4. There is a large flat cubby hole in the centre of the dashboard - the lid is very flimsy and feels like it could break at any time. I suspect that this is the missing SatNav hole - it would have been better to have an open topped compartment.

    Overall a good car with some comfort and usability is

  • xDrive 28i 5dr

    Karl Brooks , Hampshire . Date: 31/03/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    My car

    The biggest difference between the BMW X1 and my previous car (Nissan Juke) is the build quality. Whilst I preferred the styling of the Juke (even with the extra styling of my M-Sport model)the , I wasn't sorry to see (and hear) the rattle-box go. Another big difference is fuel economy, which translates to over 550 miles per tank of diesel, compared to 300 miles per tank of petrol in the Juke. Both cars have around 190bhp, automatic transmission and 4x4. One of the most impressive things about the BMW X1 is how quiet it is. I have driven it for 3,000 miles in the 2 months I've had it and am very happy. For me it was a straight choice between the BMW X1 and a Range Rover Evoque, but with a 5 month waiting list for a new Evoque and almost no depreciation for a used car, I thought the £10,000 I saved on a 1 year old, 4,000 miles, BMW X1 was good value.

  • 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.

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