2015 BMW X1 review: Compact but useful

Introduction

BMW was quick to spot a big opportunity for a small SUV, the original X1 beating its now varied competition to market by several years. Thing is, it wasn’t particularly good, but the strength of that BMW badge, allied to the compact dimensions and must-have SUV stance, was enough to ensure it was a huge success.

With the second-generation model featured here BMW realised it needed to be better packaged, look sharper, more efficient and be more enjoyable to drive. It delivered exactly that in 2015, introducing this X1, riding on a platform shared with BMW and Mini’s small car line-up to bring it greater space and cabin versatility, along with more engaging driving dynamics. It's not that small, though - bear in mind that the X1 is now longer than a Nissan Qashqai. It looks good, mind, and the interior quality is worthy of that premium badge. It's impressive enough to consider it over its larger X3 relation, though it’s priced according. It takes on rivals like the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA, as well as the Peugeot 3008 and Nissan Qashqai brigade.  

 

Body Style: Compact SUV           Seats: 5                  MRP from £27,850-£37,170

        

Did you know? With the second generation X1 BMW turned the engine transversely, which did wonders for interior space.  

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 8.0 / 10...