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BMW X1

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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 August 2021, 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 £29,455 on-road

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


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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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


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

9.4 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

5.8 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

The rating above is for the BMW X1 18d diesel manual two-wheel-drive model, which was assessed in 2019 and earned a three-star rating. Green NCAP also tested the X1 18s 18d diesel automatic four-wheel-drive model in February 2021, awarding it a two-star rating. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

These ratings only apply to the models listed above, and do not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X1 has received

2021

  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Small SUV

2020

  • Business Car Awards – Best Premium Medium SUV

2018

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Crossover

Similar cars


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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