What Car? says...
Not all trendsetters get it right first time and the BMW X1 is a perfect example. Although the latest model has many talents, the original was actually bit of a letdown – despite the fact that it helped to popularise compact posh SUVs.
This second-generation model isn't only good to drive and remarkably practical, it's also available in plug-in hybrid (xDrive 25e) form with seriously low CO2 emissions and a claimed pure electric range of up to 31 miles. There are, of course, plenty of regular petrol and diesel engines to choose from as well. You can even have four-wheel drive.
It's been around for a few years now, but the latest X1 has been treated to numerous updates during that time in order to keep it fresh. Those include a facelift, a redesigned interior and some new infotainment tech. The diesel engines have also become RDE2 complaint, which in plain English means they're clean enough not to be penalised over equivalent petrol cars when it comes to company car tax.
The BMW X1’s direct rivals include plenty of cars it helped influence, such as the excellent Range Rover Evoque and Volvo XC40. Other premium family SUVs you might be considering include the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA or, if you're prepared to live without a posh badge, the Volkswagen Tiguan.
So, how does it square up against those rivals? And which engines, trims and optional extras should you be considering? We'll tell you all you need to know over the next few pages of this BMW X1 review.
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At a glance
|Number of trims||4 see more|
|Number of engines||5 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||hybrid, petrol, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||156.9 - 56.5|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£852 / £2,994|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£1,704 / £5,988|
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