BMW X1 review

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12 Jul 2016 14:49 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:20

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The original BMW X1 was one of the first small SUVs to wear a premium badge, and consequently it proved a popular choice, despite being deeply flawed.

However, when it started developing this second-generation model, BMW knew it could ill-afford to launch another car as cramped, noisy and disappointing to drive as that first X1, not least because of the sheer number of alternatives that have gone on sale in recent years.

Direct rivals include the Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA, but the X1 also faces competition from the smaller Audi Q2 and the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Fortunately, the latest X1 is as good as the original was bad, a transformation that has largely been achieved by basing it on the 2 Series Active Tourer, which was BMW's first ever MPV.

The X1 is available with a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and a range of 2.0-litre diesels, plus buyers can choose between front and four-wheel drive.

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There are 4 trims available for the X1 estate. Click to see details.See all versions
SE
This entry-level trim brings 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, a Bluetooth infotainment system with sat-nav, a USB socket, a DAB radio and black cloth upholstery...View trim
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Sport
Brings sports seats, sporty looking exterior trim and a larger 18in alloy wheels. You also get contrast stitching inside, ambient lighting and gloss black roof rails. Overall, it’s just an appearan...View trim
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M Sport
Range-topping M Sport models get different 18in wheels and a bodykit to differentiate them from xLine versions. They’re distinctive to look at, but also push up the price considerably. If you do go...View trim
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xLine
Adds different 18in alloys, LED headlights, heated leather seats and satin aluminium exterior highlights to everything you get with SE trim. It's worth a look if you love your creature comforts, al...View trim
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