Used BMW X1 2009-2015 review


(2009 - 2015)
BMW X1 (09-15)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW X1 estate?

The closest competition is the Audi Q3, which is slightly more comfortable than the BMW X1, but similarly cramped inside and less enthralling to drive. It’s also more expensive like-for-like.

The Range Rover Evoque is popular too, but it’s even pricier to buy as a used car than the Q3, and suffers from the same choppy ride and cramped interior as the X1.

In fact, if you want a more practical alternative to the X1, you have to start looking at more mainstream manufacturers. The Mazda CX-5, for example, makes a lot more sense; it’s great to drive, similarly economical, and much more spacious inside than the X1.

The Nissan Qashqai, too, offers a great blend of space, comfort and driver appeal, and is also pleasingly cheap to run.

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BMW X1 (09-15)
BMW X1 (09-15)
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The BMW X1's low running costs and composure in bends are appealing, but other small SUVs are classier

  • Quiet at motorway speeds
  • Feels very composed in corners
  • Impressive fuel economy
  • Unsettled ride
  • Not as practical as some SUVs
  • Interior plastics feel cheap in places