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BMW X1

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BMW X1

(2015 – present)

    Summary


    The BMW X1 is a mid-sized SUV/crossover, that sits underneath the larger X3 in the BMW SUV range. The current model is the second generation, which arrived in the UK in late 2015 and received a mid-life facelift in late 2019.

    Unlike the original X1, which was based on the BMW 3 Series and primarily rear-wheel drive, the second-generation model actually shares its platform with the current Mini Countryman and Clubman, as well as the new BMW 1 Series, and is therefore a primarily front-wheel drive vehicle.

    Originally available with petrol and diesel engines, the X1 is now also available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. This version launched in the UK just before the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, so availability may currently be restricted.

    The BMW X1 has received generally good reviews from the UK motoring media, and is considered a substantial improvement over the previous model. As of May 2022, its overall Expert Rating of 70% puts it in the top half of its class based on 20 UK reviews, but it’s still quite a long way behind the class-leading Volvo XC40.

    In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the BMW X1 ranked an excellent 15th place. Diesel versions, however, didn’t make the top 50.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Small SUV/crossover
    Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £30,555 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2015
    Last updated: Spring 2020
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: December 2017
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    Adult protection: 90%
    Child protection: 87%
    Vulnerable road users: 74%
    Safety assist: 77%

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    Model tested: 2.0-litre diesel automatic X1 18d 4×4

    Overall score: 2 stars
    Date tested: February 2021
    Read the full Green NCAP review

    Clean Air Index: 6.9 / 10
    Energy Efficiency Index: 4.7 / 10

    The rating above is for the BMW X1 18d diesel automatic four-wheel-drive model. It does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

    Reliability rating

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    The BMW X1 rates barely above average for reliability, according to extended warranty data provided to The Car Expert by our commercial partner, MotorEasy.

    The most common problems occur in the braking system and the engine, although the good news is that both of these are relatively inexpensive repairs – particularly for the engine, where we would normally expect to see bills significantly higher than the £400 average repair cost shown here.

    Worth watching out for are gearbox issues. These make up 10% of faults, according to the data provided, and are expensive with an average repair cost of more than £2,000.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X1 has received

    2021

    • Business Motoring Awards – Best Small SUV
    • Business Car Awards – Best Premium Medium SUV

    2020

    • Business Car Awards – Best Premium Medium SUV

    2018

    • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Crossover

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    BMW X1The BMW X1 has received good reviews and is a substantial improvement over the old model, but it's still a long way off the class leaders.