BMW X1 review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW X1 2021 interior infotainment
  • BMW X1 2021 front cornering
  • BMW X1 2021 rear cornering
  • BMW X1 2021 interior dashboard
  • BMW X1 2021 interior rear seats
  • BMW X1 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW X1 2021 interior infotainment
  • BMW X1 2021 front right static
  • BMW X1 2021 right static
  • BMW X1 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW X1 2021 interior details
  • BMW X1 2021 interior steering wheel
  • BMW X1 2021 boot open
  • BMW X1 2021 front cornering
  • BMW X1 2021 rear cornering
  • BMW X1 2021 interior dashboard
  • BMW X1 2021 interior rear seats
  • BMW X1 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW X1 2021 interior infotainment
  • BMW X1 2021 front right static
  • BMW X1 2021 right static
  • BMW X1 2021 interior front seats
  • BMW X1 2021 interior details
  • BMW X1 2021 interior steering wheel
  • BMW X1 2021 boot open
What Car?’s X1 deals
New car deals
Save up to £2,007
Target Price from £29,157
Save up to £2,007
or from £353pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £36,000
Leasing deals
From £364pm
In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The BMW X1 is hardly cheap for a family SUV and it's predicted to depreciate faster than many of its key rivals. That said, good discounts are available (check out our latest deals) and monthly PCP finance costs are competitive. 

With relatively low CO2 emissions, RDE2 compliant diesel engines and decent fuel economy, the X1 is a relatively cheap option for company car drivers. However, for the cheapest monthly benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax bills you'll want to go for the plug-in hybrid xDrive25e. Depending on the trim level you go for, this officially emits as little as 41g/km of CO2.

If you want a more detailed breakdown of what each trim comes with, have a look at our versions and specs page.

BMW X1 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

BMW came joint 9th (out of 31 brands) in the What Car? Reliability Survey. That's above Audi and Mercedes, with Lexus the only premium manufacturer featuring higher up the league table (it came first).

Better still, the X1 was found to be one of the most dependable family SUVs, with the Volvo XC40 the only direct rival scoring higher marks. 

All BMW X1s come with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, which is better cover than the three-year/60,000-mile warranties offered by Audi and Volvo. Go for the plug-in hybrid xDrive 25e and the battery is covered by a separate six-year, or 60,000-mile, warranty – whichever comes first.

Overview

The BMW X1 is good to drive, classy inside and hugely practical. It isn't as quiet or comfortable as the best family SUVs, but it's a fine buy if you fancy something a little more sporty.

  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • High quality interior
  • Spacious and practical
  • Lots of road noise
  • Firm ride
  • So-so reliability
New car deals
Save up to £2,007
Target Price from £29,157
Save up to £2,007
or from £353pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £36,000
Leasing deals
From £364pm