The smallest SUV/Crossover of the family, the X1 introduced its 2nd generation model in 2015. The new generation brings you 4WD, transverse engine, extra room and comfort.
Since we are talking about BMW, it’s fair to say you will expect to pay slightly more for this vehicle than other less expensive competitors for example, the Ford Kuga. The build quality is much more impressive however, than most of the X1’s competitors, but if you are looking at joining the BMW family along with some practical reasons, then this one is for you.
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The X1 offers a range of trim levels. The lowest of the range is the SE model, which starts from £26,640, the Sport model starts from £28,140 and the xLine model starts at £29,640. The X1 also offers the popular M Sport model with a starting price of £30,640.
Here are the trim levels and what they feature:
M Sport Model
There’s a good range of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel, plus a central armrest to aid comfort. The driver's seat has plenty of side support too, even on SE models, which miss out on the heavily bolstered sports seats of Sport and M Sport versions.
It’s a shame that adjustable lumbar support is optional across the range; those traveling long distances would be wise to add it. Despite this, though, it’s easy enough to get comfortable, with all the dashboard controls laid out in a logical manner.
You will find the visibility is really good in the X1. It offers a higher driving position which in return, lets you see a lot more than dashboard when driving.
The infotainment system is impressive, especially considering it being the lower benchmark for BMW’s SUV range. All models are fitted with DAB radio, CD player, USB socket, satellite navigation and Bluetooth. For ease of use, the centre control panel between the driver and passenger’s seat has a dial button which you can use to control the system without losing focus on driving.
The Navigation Plus package offers you a larger 8-inch display with online connectivity and real-time traffic data. The package also comes with a full colour head-up display. This allows you to view your speed and navigation directions on the windscreen above your steering wheel.
The first generation X1 was not exactly the most iconic of BMW's SUV range. The interior standards weren't anything to shout home about, and the overall exterior image just shouted 'bulgy'. The new model is much nicer inside, made of premium materials and feels very 'bmw'. The highlight to the vehicle is its connection to the X5, but smaller. We love how the smallest SUV family member has finally evolved and just looks the part.
If you are looking for comparison models, you could compare this SUV to the Mercedes-Benz GLA, however you will not find the interior of the GLA to be as good as the X1. If you include BMW's infotainment system, you would be stepping much higher in the game than the Mercedes-Benz.
The 1.5 18i 140bhp and 18d 150bhp engines are the lowest you will find with the X1 range, but are also the most fuel-efficient. You will expect to get almost 70mpg with the smaller engines.
If you upgrade to the 20i and 20d engines, you are given around 190bhp and 58.9mpg with their 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.
The highest of the range will be the 25d, which offers a 2.0-litre diesel engine and 230bhp. The 25d does an impressive 55.4mpg. With its 0-60mph in 6.6 seconds, we would say this is excellent value and range.
All engines are available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. The X1 drives remarkably well. It won’t qualify for your all-purpose off-roader, but it offers well-balanced, continuous smooth driving.
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