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The BMW X1 is a compact five-door crossover and the smallest SUV model in the BMW range. This is the third-generation model, which became available to order in the UK in Autumn 2022. It was unveiled alongside an all-electric version, called the BMW iX1.

Built on the same basic platform as the current BMW 1 Series, the latest iteration of the X1 has received a warm welcome from the British motoring media. “It drives well, has a high-quality interior and is now packed with technology”, Car Key‘s Ted Welford explains, Tom Jervis of Carbuyer adding that, “thanks to its growth in size, the X1 is now an even better choice for families.”

There is a wide range of X1 engine options, including petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, but several publications have criticised the comparatively high pricing of the line-up, particularly electrified models.

Car‘s Jake Groves explains that upmarket rivals like the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA are cheaper as standard, and the Auto Express team points out that the older but slightly larger BMW X2 has a lower price tag too.

As of November 2022, the third-generation BMW X1 holds an Expert Rating of 70%, which is slightly higher than the score held by the outgoing X1 generation. This is a brand new model, and therefore, we expect to see many more new and updated reviews published in coming months once the car reaches the UK, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

BMW X1 highlights

  • Spacious and well-equipped cabin
  • Wide range of engine options
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Large boot

BMW X1 lowlights

  • Rather firm ride comfort
  • No physical controls for the infotainment
  • Expensive, base price and up
  • Petrol engines could be more refined

Key specifications

Body style: Small SUV
petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
From £33,775 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA

Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Adult protection: 86%
Child protection: 89%
Vulnerable road users: 76%
Safety assist: 92%

Eco rating

Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of November 2022, the third-generation BMW X1 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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The third-generation BMW X1 is a brand-new model, so we don’t have enough reliability data on the SUV to generate a reliability rating as of yet.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively for us using warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the newest X1, we’ll publish the score here.

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If you’re looking at the BMW X1, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi Q3 | BMW X2 | DS 3 Crossback | Jaguar E-Pace | Lexus UX | Mercedes-Benz GLA | Mini Countryman | Range Rover Evoque | Volvo XC40

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