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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.

BMW X1 Crossover
33 5stars

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

Crossover sDrive 16d SE 5dr £24,230
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover sDrive 18d SE 5dr £25,330
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover sDrive 18d Sport 5dr £26,330
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover sDrive 20d Efficient Dynamics 5dr £26,760
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover sDrive 20d SE 5dr £26,760
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 18d SE 5dr £26,830
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 20i SE 5dr £27,280
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover sDrive 20d Sport 5dr £27,760
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 18d Sport 5dr £27,830
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover sDrive 20d Eff. Dyn. Business 5dr £28,160
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 20d SE 5dr £28,260
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 20i Sport 5dr £28,280
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover sDrive 18d M Sport 5dr £28,330
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 18d xLine 5dr £28,830
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 20d Sport 5dr £29,260
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 20i xLine 5dr £29,280
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover sDrive 20d M Sport 5dr £29,760
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 18d M Sport 5dr £29,830
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 20d xLine 5dr £30,260
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 20i M Sport 5dr £30,280
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 20d M Sport 5dr £31,260
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 25d xLine 5dr £32,540
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Crossover xDrive 25d M Sport 5dr £33,540
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

BMW X1 Crossover xDrive 18d xLine 5dr

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…

Tim Barker

5 out of 5 stars

BMW X1 Crossover sDrive 20d M Sport 5dr

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…

Ian Wilson

5 out of 5 stars

BMW X1 Crossover xDrive 20d SE 5dr

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…

Jonathan Staton

3 out of 5 stars

BMW X1 Crossover sDrive 20d SE 5dr

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…

Mark Ridoo

5 out of 5 stars
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