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 the BMW X1 as an SUV, it is reasonably priced.
Most versions are available with both rear-wheel drive (sDrive) and four-wheel drive (xDrive). We'd go for rear-wheel drive because it makes the X1 significantly cheaper to run.
Our favourite version is the 20d Efficient Dynamics, thanks to its combination of low running costs and strong performance. If you're a private buyer, the 18d makes most sense, however.
Entry-level SE trim has all the equipment you need, although the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox is worth considering; it's available on most versions and is both smooth and efficient.
Reader test team says:
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…
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…
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…
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…