The BMW X1 may be the smallest car in BMW's SUV range, but there's a whole lot of practicality on offer here. The X1 is a popular choice in the compact SUV market, and with good reason. It's spacious, economical to run and has a high quality interior.
The 18d diesel engine here is a fantastic option for company car drivers, thanks to its punchy acceleration and low tax costs. The X1 rides well on most surfaces, but it's still stiffer than the crossover norm.
Like most X1 models, the 18d comes with four-wheel drive as standard. The steering is weighty and precise, meaning the X1 is easy to place on the road. The stiffer suspension also means there's very little body roll when cornering.
The cabin of the X1 is premium to look at and touch, and there's plenty of adjustment, meaning most drivers will have no problem getting comfortable. The high driving position also means visibility is good, and BMW's iDrive system is one of the best around, making it easy to navigating audio and satellite navigation functions.
Like most SUVs, the X1 offers flexible seating arrangements, and has a very spacious boot.
We'd advise against run-flat tyres because their stiffer sidewalls do nothing for the X1's ride comfort, and they're also very noisy at speed. We'd also steer clear of the optional adaptive dampers because, while they do give you the option of choosing from different ride settings, even the softest setting is too firm.
The BMW isn't a cheap car, despite its size, and unfortunately it also loses its value fairly quicky. Traditionally, BMW hasn't fared well in our reliability surveys, either.
Should I add any options?
While there's nothing wrong with the X1's manual gearbox, BMW's automatic option is one of the best out there.
What are its rivals?
The BMW X1 is up against plenty of premium competition in this market, chiefly from the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Thanks to its price, the X1 also competes against our Small SUV of the Year for 2016, the Nissan Qashqai.
The car: BMW X1 xDrive 18d SE
The saving: £2781
The list price: £28,590
The discounted price: £25,809
The broker: Carfile.net
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