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New Lexus LBX vs used BMW X1 verdict

It's no secret that we think highly of the new Lexus LBX, but, for similar money, you could pick up a year-old BMW X1, so is that the better buy?...

New Lexus LBX vs used BMW X1

Our verdict

The Lexus LBX is an excellent example of acing an intended purpose. It's reasonably priced to buy and impressively affordable to run, yet it manages to provide all the luxury and kit you could ask from a small SUV that bears a premium badge. The one area we must warn you about is space: if you're a family of six-footers, there are roomier options you should be considering. 

Buy a used BMW X1 and such concerns wash away. However, new ones raise in the form of its subpar ride and handling balance, mainly, but also a slightly disappointing level of interior quality and an infotainment system that doesn't live up to the typical BMW standard. Overall, the X1 falls short of beating the mighty LBX. 

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1st – Lexus LBX

Red Lexus LBX front left driving

For Cheaper to buy, particularly on PCP; excellent fuel economy; nimble handling; smoother ride; more standard kit
Against Cramped rear seats; fidgety low-speed ride

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – BMW X1

BMW X1 front cornering

For Stronger performance; more leg room in the rear; 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats; bigger boot
Against Firm ride; so-so interior quality; some desirable features were optional from new 

What Car? says 3 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Lexus LBX 1.5 Premium Plus

Engine 3cyl, 1490cc, petrol
Power 134bhp (combined)
Torque 136Ib ft (combined) 
Gearbox CVT automatic
0-60mph 10.3sec
Top speed 106mph
Test MPG 41.3mpg
Official fuel economy 65.7mpg
CO2 emissions 109g/km

Specifications: BMW X1 xDrive23i M Sport (Pro Pack)

Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol
Power 215bhp 
Torque 266Ib ft 
Gearbox 7-speed automatic
0-60mph 6.7sec
Top speed 144mph
Test MPG 36.6mpg
Official fuel economy 42.2mpg
CO2 emissions 150g/km

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