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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9


3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Moderate amount of standard kit
  • Apple CarPlay optional, Android Auto not available
  • Sat-nav, cruise control and climate control included

The BMW X1 is available with four different trim levels – SE, Sport, xLine and M Sport. 

Standard BMW X1 SUV equipment

Starting out with the base SE trim, the BMW X1 comes with:

  • Cruise control with braking function
  • DAB digital radio
  • Rear parking sensors
  • BMW Navigation system with a 6.5-inch display and traffic jam avoidance
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Electronic tailgate

Upgrading to Sport spec brings you (in addition/replacement to SE models):

  • 18-inch double-spoke alloy wheels
  • LED ambient lighting in door trim
  • Sports front seats
  • Race cloth upholstery
  • Kidney grille with 16 high-gloss black front vertical slats
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe finisher
  • Roof rails in high-gloss black

Move up to xLine and you get (in addition/replacement to SE models):

  • 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Satin aluminium exterior trim
  • LED ambient lighting in door trim
  • LED headlights
  • Heated front seats

Finally, top-of-the-range M Sport gets (in addition/replacement to SE models):

  • 18-inch M double-spoke style wheels
  • Anthracite headlining
  • LED ambient lighting in door trim
  • LED headlights
  • M aerodynamic bodystyling
  • M Sport cloth/alcantara hexagon upholstery
  • M Sport suspension
  • Sports front seats
  • Heated front seats

Optional BMW X1 SUV accessories

Optional equipment on the BMW X1 is many and varied, allowing buyers plenty of scope to customise their car.

Packages such as the BMW Navigation Plus package (larger 8.8-inch infotainment screen, head-up display and remote services), Driving Assistant (includes lane-departure warning and autonomous emergency braking) and Technology package (keyless ignition, a reversing camera and Harman Kardon premium sound system) prove popular, plus there’s a number of individual options that can also be specced. These include:

  • Enhanced Bluetooth with wireless charging
  • A detachable towbar
  • Folding exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle
  • A panoramic glass sunroof
  • A heated steering wheel
  • Electric front seats with memory function for the driver
  • Lumbar support, driver and front passenger
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Apple CarPlay preparation
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Active Cruise Control

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


3.6 out of 5 3.6
  • Five-star safety rating, but…
  • …Autonomous emergency braking is optional
  • Two Isofix points as standard

BMW X1 – will my child seats fit?

When tested in 2015 the BMW X1 achieved a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, however this now comes with a caveat. Autonomous emergency braking (fitted as standard to many cars) is only offered as an optional extra on the X1, meaning that if it were to be tested against the now more stringent Euro NCAP regulations it wouldn’t achieve the same five-star rating.

That said, the X1’s 90% score in the adult occupant and 87% mark in child occupant categories suggest it should perform well in the event of an accident, even if the standard tech designed to help prevent incidents is lacking. 

If you want your X1 to come with autonomous emergency braking, you need to spec the Driving Assistant package – that also comes with high-beam assist, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning.

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

4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Excellent all-round practicality
  • Room for five adults
  • Electronic tailgate fitted as standard

BMW X1 – will my family fit?

Space up front is adequate, but you do feel slightly more claustrophobic than you would in a Volvo XC40 or Volkswagen Tiguan, owing to the more cocooned cabin design. Storage space, meanwhile, is reasonable, with large cupholders and door pockets proving useful on long journeys. 

Climb into the back, and while there is enough room for three adults, like most cars in this class it’s best to keep the middle seat free or for children only. That said the X1’s outright size means headroom is generous and the sliding rear bench affords plenty of legroom when pushed all the way back.

BMW X1 – will it fit in my garage?

Those familiar with the previous generation X1 will notice that its successor has grown markedly in size and takes on a far more SUV-like profile than before. The upside of this is the increase in interior and boot space, however less confident parkers may want to dip into the options list and spec the front and rear parking sensors (rear are standard across the range) and reversing camera.

BMW isn’t usually associated with gargantuan boots, but the X1 does well against the competition in its class, delivering stellar luggage capacity and very little loading lip – handing for hauling large items into the back. 

What’s more, if you fold the rear seats down via a switch in the boot (40:20:40 split as standard), they sit nice and flat making it easier to load long, awkward items in. The standard-fit electronic tailgate also aids practicality.

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

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