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BMW X1 review

2022 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0
” Entry-level BMW SUV is practical and good to drive “

At a glance

Price new £35,420 - £53,770
Used prices £23,347 - £46,256
Road tax cost £190 - £600
Insurance group 24 - 35
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Fuel economy 34.4 - 60.1 mpg
Miles per pound 5.0 - 7.7
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Available fuel types



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Pros & cons

  • Very practical
  • Great to drive
  • Clever tech
  • Heating controls on touchscreen
  • Not the softest ride
  • Expensive PHEVs

Written by Murray Scullion Published: 9 November 2022 Updated: 10 November 2022


BMW currently sells close to 50 different vehicles in the UK. The range is full of different variants and bodystyles, which might all seem a bit confusing for potential buyers. Luckily the helpful folk at Bavaria’s favourite carmaker have also set out an easy naming structure.

Letters relate to bodytype, while the numbers correlate with size. The BMW X1 (X shorthand for SUV) is therefore BMW’s smallest and cheapest SUV.

Rivals from other posh carmakers include the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40. Slightly cheaper and less posh models, such as the Volkswagen T-Roc, will also be on buyer’s shopping lists.

The X1 comes with petrol and diesel variants as well as two plug-in hybrids. There’s also the standalone electric model, named the BMW iX1.

There are three trim levels. Sport is the most basic, but still comes with BMW’s crisp, clear and slightly infuriating 10.25-inch infotainment screen, a parking camera and an automatic boot. The xLine trim adds 18-inch wheels, heated seats and wireless charging. While M Sport, the predicted bestseller, adds 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension and keyless entry.

Over the next few pages we’ll thoroughly review the BMW X1 before giving our full verdict on the last page. Along the way we’ll analyse the practicality, driving experience and the overall comfort.