Ad closing in a few seconds...
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • High quality cabin
  • Excellent iDrive infotainment system
  • Lumbar support is only optional

Like all BMWs, the X1’s interior feels superbly made and features one of the best infotainment systems on the market, improved further still at the 2019 facelift with a choice of 8.8- or 10.25-inch touchscreens. BMW’s iDrive infotainment still leaves a number of rivals trailing in its wake for sheer ease of use and functionality, especially the aged Mercedes-Benz GLA. It’s easy to operate while on the move and boasts sharp, clear graphics and easy-to-navigate menus.

2019 BMW X1 left-hand drive dashboard

The premium feel of the materials may differ depending on what trim level you go for, but the level of outright quality is always consistently high. Everything feels well screwed together and tightly held in place, with no noticeable squeaks or rattles in any of the car’s we’ve experienced. Again, enhancements were introduced towards the end of 2019 with a plusher feel to the cabin with increased use of squidgy plastic mouldings and double-stitching to many surfaces to lend it a hand-crafted look.

Overall, the X1 has a well-judged driving position with enough adjustment in both the seat back, base and steering wheel to ensure most drivers are comfy. However, lumbar adjustment – for both the driver and front passenger – is only available as an option, meaning the front seats are rather tight for those of broader stature.

Comfortable, but there's a sporty focus

  • Firmer ride than many rivals
  • Noticeable amount of road noise
  • Comfy seats, but lumbar support isn’t standard

We’ve already touched on the X1’s dynamic prowess in the handling section of this review, so it may come as no surprise that comfort is slightly compromised as a result.

Blue 2019 BMW X1 SUV front three-quarter driving

The X1 isn’t an unpleasant place to spend time in – far from it – but the ride quality is firmer than you’d get from its main rivals. Models with the smallest wheels (in other words - the less popular non-M Sport ones - return superior comfort levels, plus the optional adaptive suspension does help to soften things up ­– but only a little.

Engine refinement is in line with other smaller SUVs with the diesel models being a bit more gruff, but there’s noticeable tyre roar – especially at higher speeds – that’s hard to ignore, particularly on models with larger-diameter wheels.