The X1 slots into BMW's range of 4x4s as a luxury rival for the Nissan Qashqai. It's a little smaller than a BMW 3 Series, which makes it easy to park, while interior space remains impressive, particularly with the large boot. The BMW X1 is available with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Entry-level BMW X1s are badged as sDrive and are rear-wheel drive, while cars with xDrive in the name have four-wheel drive. The entry-level models use the least fuel, but all BMW X1s have been designed to be cheap to run. Just some low quality interior trim lets it down.
- Comfortable to drive
- Well equipped
- Appealing diesel engines
- Awkward styling
- Expensive to buy
- Heavy steering is a chore around town
The X1 is a small crossover that completes BMW's line up of chunky looking SUVs – joining the X3, X5 and X6 in UK showrooms. Both two and four-wheel drive versions are offered and the car is fitted with a wide range of diesel engines. The diesel engines offer the best blend of performance and economy – with enough overtaking power to satisfy most drivers. From behind the wheel, the driver gets a great view of the road ahead, thanks to the fact that you sit higher than you do in a conventional car like the BMW 1 Series hatchback. Practicality is good, and the rear seats offer almost as much space as a 3 Series. However, the looks aren't too all tastes, while some of the plastics used inside the car are not up to BMW's usual high standards. In the X1's defence, all cars are well equipped and prices are competitive.