BMW X1 Review

First the X3 arrived as a smaller version of the X5. Now the X1 has arrived which is even smaller than the X3! The car is said to be based on the BMW 3 Series, with some similarities in the design.

The BMW X1 has been a great success within the UK market so far. Production of the car started in 2009 with many brilliant features about the vehicle that motorists have taken too.

Our review looks at some of our favourite features about the car.


The BMW X1 comes with safety credentials that are top of the range. There are 6 airbags throughout the car with stability control too. Families are attracted to how much protection the car provides during dangerous situations.

Performance and handling

The performance of the BMW X1 is surprisingly remarkable, considering that the car is mainly focused around other attributes.

At present there are three diesel engines available with the X1:

  • 18d – 141bhp
  • 20d – 175bhp
  • 23d – 201bhp

All of which provide excellent and adequate enough power. Petrol engines will be made available in the future.

The car handles very well and is quite agile for its size. The car feels dynamic and also provides an exciting drive.


The car isn’t perhaps the cheapest to purchase but the two wheel drive models offer fantastic mpg ratings.  It is a car that you are unlikely to lose money on too with it holding its value quite well. BMW EfficientDynamics ensure motorists will not be visiting the petrol pumps as often as others vehicles may have to in its class and also ensures that environmental credentials are kept to a maximum.


The boot is huge and has space for more than your everyday items and luggage. Rear seats can also be folded offering flexibility and more space. Passengers are able to sit in comfort with a decent amount of head and leg room.


The car is for motorists who want a practical SUV without the typical bulk that comes along with it. You get a great performance, immense safety features, plenty of practicality and a quality vehicle. The normal touches of BMW excellence are provided throughout the car with a quality and luxury interior. Upgrades include great features such as heated front seats and steering wheel. Using the BMW X1 to branch out into a different type of market was certainly a stroke of genius by the company.