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BMW X1

(2015 – present)

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 June 2020, its overall Expert Rating 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: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £29,455 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 rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2017

90%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

74%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

77%

SAFETY ASSIST

ECO RATING

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 18d 4×2 manual
Date tested: February 2019

9.4 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

5.8 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

Please note that the above rating only applies to the BMW X1 18d diesel manual in front-wheel drive. Other engines and gearboxes have not yet been tested, so check back soon.

Security rating

Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

The BMW X1 has not yet been assessed for anti-theft protection by Thatcham Research. Check back again soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X1 has received

2020

  • Business Car Awards – Best Premium Medium SUV

2018

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Crossover

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If you’re looking at the BMW X1, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi Q3 | BMW X2DS 3 Crossback | Jaguar E-Pace | Lexus UX | Mercedes-Benz GLA | Mini CountrymanRange Rover Evoque | Volvo XC40

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