Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
  • Excellent all-round practicality
  • Room for five adults at a push
  • Electric tailgate fitted as standard

Space up front is adequate, but you do feel slightly more hemmed-in 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. In ordinary circumstances, a 6ft rear-seat passenger will be able to sit behind a driver of the same height.

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 luggage areas, but the X1 does well against the competition in its class, delivering impressive luggage capacity and very low 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 electroc tailgate also aids practicality, particularly as it opens with a kicking motion under the rear bumper.

Safety-conscious – to a point

  • Five-star safety rating, but…
  • … autonomous Emergency Braking is optional
  • Two Isofix points as standard

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 these days) 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 Plus package – that also comes with adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, traffic sign recognition and lane-departure warning. That such potentially lifesaving technology isn't standard on a fairly expensive range of cars is disappointing.

Video: BMW Euro NCAP crash test

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
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • 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
  • 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
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

xLine equipment

xLine standard equipment
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
xLine optional equipment
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Remote locking
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

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%
Vulnerable Road Users: 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.