Compared to its stiffly sprung and unforgiving predecessor, the latest X1 is much improved. Admittedly, it is still stiffer than the small SUV norm, sometimes becoming unsettled over really rough roads, but this does seem in keeping with BMW’s sporting remit.
Naturally, the ride is most soothing on the smallest wheels as fitted to SE trim models, but it is still acceptable on the larger wheeled variants. We'd advise avoiding the run-flat tyres though; their stiff sidewalls don't help comfort.
Adaptive dampers are optional, allowing you to stiffen the suspension to improve cornering or slacken it for added comfort by pressing a button. While the different modes do make a noticeable difference, even the softest setting still delivers a fairly firm ride.