The original BMW X1 was one of the first premium small SUVs and was naturally popular thanks to the marque’s reputation for quality. Now into its second generation, the X1 has improved, offering a more refined drive and a smarter, more spacious cabin. Our BMW X1 review looks in more detail at what this capable, energetic SUV has to offer.
The latest BMW X1 is available in front and four-wheel drive versions and with a choice of three diesels and one petrol engine. The fastest option sprints from 0-62mph in just 7.6 seconds, and each version offers swift and muscular performance. The 18d and 20d (diesel) variants have proved to be top sellers since the model’s release, and used versions can be found in the Carwise listings, although they get snapped up quickly.
The X1 delivers an entertaining drive, offering plenty of grip – especially on the xDrive models – and responsive steering. The ride is comfy too on all but the bumpiest of roads; the stiffer suspension instead gives a sporty feel, which can be enhanced with optional active dampers.
Economy is more important than ever to modern drivers. Environmental responsibility and fuel consumption are now key factors in vehicle purchase, and BMW has recognised this.
All the latest X1 models emit less than 150g/km of CO2, making them some of the most environmentally friendly small SUVs in the sector. The front-wheel drive 18d variant is the best in terms of economy, emitting just 114g/km and returning an impressive 68.9mpg. Even the least economic model – the petrol 20i option – emits only 146g/km and achieves 44.8mpg. This may sound significantly lower, but if you’re mostly driving around town and have lower overall mileage needs, it’s a great option. Whichever way you look at it, the BMW X1 is sure to prove an efficient choice.
As you’d expect with a BMW vehicle, the X1 has a premium feel when you step inside. The seats are supportive and comfy, and optional lumbar support means those driving longer distances can benefit. The dash and centre console have been laid out intuitively too, making access to the car’s functions simple and clear.
The dash is low mounted and, combined with the high driving position, means that forward visibility is excellent. While rear visibility is better on some rivals, parking sensors come as standard on all models, more than making up for this.
The first thing tall adults will notice on getting into the X1 is the generous headroom. Whether seated in the front or rear, passengers of six foot and over will find they can sit up tall without experiencing any bumps. The rear seats slide too, meaning legroom is ample.
In terms of boot space, the BMW X1 offers more than many of its rivals, and the flexibility of the rear seats means the loadspace can be customised to accommodate luggage of all shapes and dimensions. The standard 505 litres (an increase of 85 litres compared to the previous generation) opens up to 1,550 litres with the rear seats folded down. Plus, with an electric tailgate, it’s easy to open up and load the boot even with your hands full.
Of course, BMW has a reputation for producing high quality cars, and the X1 is no exception. The build is solid and there’s a luxurious feel inside thanks to chrome accents and easy-to-operate controls.
What’s more, this model is available with a three-year/unlimited mileage warranty, which means there’s no restriction on your journeys. Choose a used X1 of under three years old at your local Carwise dealer and you’ll benefit from the remaining months on the original warranty.
Coupled with a ranking of 9th out of 27 manufacturers in the 2017 Auto Express Driver Power survey, buyers can be sure of the X1’s reliability.
With a maximum five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, the BMW X1 offers all you’ll need for protection. Each model comes with all the essentials, such as front, side and head airbags, stability control and parking sensors as standard. In addition, a tyre pressure monitoring system ensures the tyres are adequately inflated and an emergency assist service automatically informs the emergency services should you be involved in a collision.
Perhaps disappointingly, automatic emergency braking comes as an optional rather than standard feature, but security is top-notch, with an alarm, engine immobiliser and central locking all present on every model.
The X1 is available in four trim levels, starting with the SE. The exterior sports 17-inch alloy wheels, while the interior is kept comfortable with dual-zone climate control and a DAB radio, CD player and USB socket for entertainment. Satellite navigation also comes as standard, ensuring drivers can get from A to B with minimal hassle, and Bluetooth means calls on the move are safe and simple. Finally, there’s a 6.5-inch display screen via which you navigate the car’s functions.
Choose the X1 Sport and you’ll enjoy 18-inch alloy wheels and a sportier trim inside. The xLine, meanwhile, adds LED headlamps, leather upholstery and high gloss finishes in the cabin. Opt for the top-of-the-range M Sport and the exterior styling becomes more aggressive, while the suspension is stiffer for a sportier drive.
Options include a Navigation Plus package, which offers an 8.0-inch display screen and real-time traffic information.
If you’re on a budget, why not take a look at the models, including the X1, available at Carwise Group? The teams at our Harlow and Maidstone dealers will be happy to show you what we have in stock or source the vehicle you want.