The X1 was awarded a maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, with scores of 90% for adult protection, 87% for child protection, 74% for pedestrian protection. The rival VW Tiguan scored better for adult safety, but worse for child and pedestrian protection.
Every X1 has front, side and head airbags as standard, plus a tyre pressure-monitoring system and an emergency assist service that automatically informs the emergency services of your location if you have a crash. However, it's disappointing that BMW charges extra for automatic emergency braking; most rivals, including the VW Tiguan, get this important safety feature as standard.
Meanwhile, security is impressive. An alarm, engine immobiliser and remote central locking are fitted to every X1, and security experts Thatcham awarded the car five-out-of-five for resisting theft, and four-out-of-five for guarding against being broken into.
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