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BMW X1 (2015 to 2022)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

67
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
C

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

85
%
B

Running Costs:

62
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

67
%
B

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

70
%
C

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

72
%
A

Reliability Rating:

85
%
B

Running Costs:

62
%
B

Summary


The BMW X1 is a mid-sized SUV/crossover, that sits underneath the larger X3 in the BMW SUV range. This model is the second generation, which arrived in the UK in late 2015 and was replaced by the current generation X1 in Autumn 2022.

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

Originally available with petrol and diesel engines, the X1 was also available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. This version launched in the UK just before the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The second-generation BMW X1 received generally good reviews from the UK motoring media, and was considered a substantial improvement over the previous model. No longer in production, the X1’s used car Expert Rating of 70% is respectable for this class but a fair distance beind the class leaders.

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 when new: From £30,555 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2015
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replaced: Autumn 2022


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2015
Date expired: January 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 90%
Child protection: 87%
Vulnerable road users: 74%
Safety assist: 77%

Notes on safety rating

The BMW X1 was originally crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2015 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2022 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used X1 to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

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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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of April 2024, the BMW X1 rates better than 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, electrical system and the engine, although the good news is that 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 a small fraction of faults, according to the data provided, and are expensive with an average repair cost of close to than £2,600.

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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The BMW X1 received good reviews and is was substantial improvement over the old model, but it was still a long way off the class leaders.BMW X1 (2015 to 2022)