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4 out of 5 4.0
  • Four trim levels
  • More kit than ever...
  • ...but less optional extras expected

You’ve got four trim levels on offer here: SE, Sport, xLine and M Sport. There are also a number of optional extras on offer.


Standard BMW X1 SUV equipment

At the bottom of the range, entry-level SE models get sat-nav as standard (as with all BMWs from September 2015), displayed on a 6.5-inch screen in the dash. There’s a 40:20:40-split rear bench and an automatically opening tailgate. Each car gets BMW’s iDrive system to control the infotainment, six speakers and an aux-in audio socket. You’ve got a USB jack, air-con and the firm’s Driving Experience Control switch (explained in the performance and handling section) along with 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, keyless ignition, a leather steering wheel adjustable for both rake and reach, automatic headlights and wipers, a leather steering wheel and ISOFIX child seat mounting points.

Then at Sport you can expect slightly different exterior styling with a new grille and body-coloured accents along with some 18-inch alloys. Inside there are sports front seats and a number of colour options to further personalise your car.

Moving up to xLine – which BMW expects to be the most popular trim – nets you a black grille with matt silver accents, leather upholstery with contrasting stitching, LED headlights and heated front seats. There’s a set of different 18-inch alloys and a number of styling options geared towards making the X1 look like more of an off-roader.

At the top of the range is M Sport which means a body kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated front sports seats in cloth and Alcantara, a special ‘M’ steering wheel and a bespoke headliner.


Optional BMW X1 SUV accessories

There are many optional extras available to X1 buyers. You can spec a panoramic glass sunroof which makes the cabin feel lighter, a CD player, DAB digital radio, a Harman Kardon speaker system for the stereo, myriad interior trim and upholstery options, hands free opening of the powered tailgate, sliding rear seats extending the boot area, and a removable tow bar.

You also have the option of upgrading the multimedia system to BMW’s Navigation Plus system. This nets you an 8.8-inch screen along with far better mapping and a head-up display to show information on the windscreen.

A number of safety systems are available too, including the Driving Assistant. This includes lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam headlights and a low-speed automatic braking system. You can upgrade further to Driving Assistant Plus, which also nets you adaptive cruise control along with Traffic Jam Assistant – which drives the car for you at low speeds in traffic. Other safety options include parking sensors, a rear-view camera, and an automatic parking system.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW X1 SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
None available

xLine equipment

xLine standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
xLine optional equipment
None available


5 out of 5 5.0
  • Insurance groups lower
  • Lots of standard kit
  • More available as options

Probably the most telling fact about BMW X1 SUV safety is its insurance grouping. The firm has managed to drop between three and six groups depending on version, and the reason is the inclusion of a wide array of standard safety systems.

Active Guard is the most notable of these, with a forward collision warning system (both visual and audible) and brake pre-conditioning in the event the car senses an impending collision. It’ll also brake automatically at below 30mph if the car thinks you’re not doing enough about it.

A head-up display comes with the Navigation Plus system which means you’re able to keep your eyes on the road but still get navigation and traffic sign information.

You can also order the Driving Assistant, which is a camera-based system incorporating a number of systems such as lane departure warning (which warns the driver when they drift out of their lane), speed limit recognition and automatic high-beam headlights.

There’s the facility to upgrade to Driving Assistant Plus too, which includes adaptive cruise control and a system called Traffic Jam Assistant, which drives the car for you altogether at low speeds to take some of the strain off the driver.

You can also order an automatic parking system along with parking sensors at both ends of the car and a rear-view camera.

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The BMW X1 SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 90%
Child Occupant: 87%
Pedestrian: 74%
Safety Assist: 77%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Big improvement over previous X1
  • Powered boot standard
  • Optional sliding rear seats

Basically, BMW X1 SUV practicality levels have improved dramatically since the launch of the previous version in 2009. This is one area that buyers of the first generation weren’t all that impressed with, so the firm has addressed some of its shortcomings for the second generation.

There is a significant amount of extra storage in the car, both through the expansion of the cabin area and also through cleverer packaging. Each door pocket will hold a 1.5-litre bottle, the glove box has grown, there’s a large storage space under the armrest between the two front seats, while a rear armrest features two cup-holders to match the two in the front of the car. You get a space for mobile phone or MP3 player under the heater controls too.

Depending on the seats you’ve got in your car there is also the capacity to have storage underneath, while the rear bench can be ordered with a sliding function which provides 25 percent more boot volume or more room in the cabin depending on what you’re carrying at the time.

And talking about that boot, it’s expanded by 85 litres to 505 litres and features a space underneath the flat floor which can be used to store a custom-built bike rack or just to keep valuable items out of view.

The rear seats fold down electrically via a switch in the boot, and unlock a total of 1,550 litres of load room once flat. You can buy a folding passenger seat too, which allows items up to two metres in length to be carried. Ideal for the surfboard.

There is enough room in the cabin for four adults to sit comfortably. BMW has increased rear legroom by a minimum of 36mm in response to customer criticism too. We wouldn’t fancy squeezing five in there for long journeys though.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the BMW X1 SUV compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
BMW X1 SUV 505 litres
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 481 litres
Volkswagen Tiguan (08-16) 430 litres
Audi Q3 (11-18) 420 litres