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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.9 - 7.4 mpp
Diesel engines 7.7 - 9.5 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 34.4 - 42.8 mpg
Diesel engines 45.6 - 56.5 mpg
  • Reasonable fuel economy returns
  • Some rivals hold their value better
  • Large number of UK dealers

BMW is an upmarket brand, so servicing costs for the X1 will be higher than some its more mainstream rivals. Depreciation is also a tad more severe than some direct rivals, such as the Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque, so it’s worth factoring this in.

If you want X1 with the highest fuel economy figures, the entry level SE-spec sDrive18d (with six-speed manual gearbox) unsurprisingly wins out, returning up to a claimed 54.3-56.5mpg under the newer WLTP testing method. At the other end of the scale is the xDrive20i in Sport, xLine and M Sport trims, with a claimed average figure of up to 36.7-38.7mpg.

Blue 2019 BMW X1 SUV rear three-quarter driving

In terms of CO2 emissions, the manual transmission-equipped sDrive18d performs best at 113g/km, while the worst-performing petrol is the automatic-only xDrive20i at 143g/km. Fitting larger alloy wheels will worsen both of thise figures to 115 and 146g/km of CO2, respectively.

Note that models sold between the Mk2 X1's launch in 2015 and its facelift in autumn 2019 were badged the same, but had inferior fuel efficiency and emissions figures - you can check those out in the specifications section.

Things are set to improve in 2020 with the arrival of the X1 xDrive25e - students of BMW naming conventions will know the 'e' signifies electrification, and in this instance it's a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system. Visually the only difference is a flap on the nearside front wing to cover the charging port. Official fuel consumption and CO2 figures are yet to be revealed, but expect on paper that it will be the best X1 in both regards.

Reliability isn't the X1's strongest suit

  • Patchy reliability record doesn't impress
  • Multiple recalls on first- and second-generation models
  • Double check all issues have been checked if buying used

BMW in general has a solid reliability record, yet, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have transferred to the X1. The first-generation model was the subject of four different recalls, while the current generation model has managed to better this with a total of seven thus far. 

With this in mind, it’s worth absolutely double checking that said recalls have been addressed if you’re buying a secondhand BMW X1. There's no justifiable reason for it not being done as it won't cost the owner anything - any BMW dealer will be able to confirm whether or not the work's been done.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £20 - £465
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 22 - 34
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