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For The BMW X1 xDrive 20d M Sport has a flexible engine, the reassurance of four-wheel drive and isn’t prohibitively expensive.

Against There are a lot more practical cars for the money and opting for the xDrive model hikes up running costs.

BMW X1 Crossover

What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

The mid-range BMW X1 xDrive 20d M Sport is likely to be one of the most popular X1s but, unless you really need four-wheel drive, the sDrive version is a better bet.

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Key facts

8.1 secs
Top speed
127 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
689 miles
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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 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.

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3 out of 5 stars

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Mark Ridoo

5 out of 5 stars
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