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Not all trend-setters get it right first time. The original BMW X1 was one of the first smaller family SUVs to wear a premium badge, arriving well before this kind of car enjoyed a boom in popularity. Its jacked-up, chunky looks proved a hit, but it wasn’t until this second generation arrived that it truly deserved its BMW badge.
It’s just as well that the latest model is up to scratch; its direct rivals include the talented Audi Q3, the Mercedes GLA and Volkswagen Tiguan, along with the very impressive Volvo XC40 and Range Rover Evoque. Under the surface, the X1 shares much with the Mini Countryman SUV as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, which was BMW's first ever MPV.
The X1 is available with turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engines and 2.0-litre diesels, and buyers can choose between front and four-wheel drive. What's more, there’s a plug-in hybrid option on the way, following a facelift for 2019. Outside, the X1's look has been brought into line with other recent BMWs and its interior has gained more technology, with the option of a bigger 10.3in touchscreen infotainment screen.
But is the X1 a genuinely good premium family SUV? Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know about the latest model, including our recommendations for which engine and trim to choose.
And, if you decide that it’s the car for you, head over to our New Car Buying pages to see how much you could save without the hassle of haggling.