BMW X1 reviews | Expert and user reviews |

1 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on BMW X1 reviews | Expert and user reviews |

Aggregated reviews, user reviews, videos, photos and stats

BMW badge

Lots of space in the boot

Economical diesel engines

Interior quality isn’t great

Lots of cheaper rivals

Slightly odd looks

It’s representative of BMW’s general high standards that even one of its less impressive models, the X1 small SUV, still gets pretty good reviews.


Initial impressions aren’t great, judging by the experts’ reviews. BMW has sometimes been wide of the mark for passenger space, and the X1 is no exception. Unfortunately, many reviews criticise the quality of the interior materials as well, which are lower than the 3-Series which lends its platform to the X1.

Quality does improve with higher trim levels though, and the build quality is as high as you’d hope from a BMW.


The X1 isn’t that tall by the standards of bigger SUVs and the critics praise the handling as a result. Grip from the all-wheel drive xDrive versions in particular is praised and there’s very little body roll. Ride has been compromised as a result though, some reviewers saying they’d sacrifice a little agility for a smoother ride.


It’ll be no surprise to learn that testers love the X1’s engines – after all, they’re top of the class in most other BMWs, whether diesel or petrol. Some testers criticise the diesel units’ refinement a little, speculating that BMW might have skimped on sound deadening to reduce weight.

sDrive models with rear-wheel drive get better economy than xDrives, and manual transmissions likewise compared to automatics.


Value for money

The X1 is relatively expensive for the class of car, though roughly on par with premium rivals and cheaper than the equivalent 3-Series Touring. Options can make things more expensive. However, depreciation shouldn’t be too bad, retaining 43 percent of its value after three years.

Worth noting

Many reviews seem a little downbeat. There are cheaper vehicles in the same class, and trim quality seems to be a concern, but performance, economy and handling are impressive. For some, the car’s looks will make or break the decision – the X1 is the Marmite of small SUVs.

The main rivals to the X1 are the Audi Q3 and VW Tiguan. We’ve compared them all here – Audi Q3 vs VW Tiguan vs X1 .

The X1 doesn’t shine as brightly as some of BMW’s other cars, but reviews are still generally positive and for many, the blue and white propeller on the bonnet will be enough to clinch the sale.

Key Details

Price range: £23,930 – £34,800 MPG: 36 – 62 Safety rating (NCAP): Date released: 2009 Replacement due: Not for a few years Model history: There haven’t been any significant updates so far Other variants: If you need a little more room then check out the new BMW X3 Engine naming: xDrive models are four-wheel drive, sDrive are two-wheel drive Read BMW X1 reviews

Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "BMW":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Car Catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about cars