BMW X1

BMW X1 Parkers 2015-07-07

When is a 4x4 not a 4x4? When it’s a rear-wheel drive BMW X1, launched in 2009. Although the smallest of the firm’s X models looks every inch the capable 4x4, many are specified in rear-wheel drive sDrive form – though anyone looking for typical BMW rear-wheel drive thrills may be dismayed to find that the electronic stability control cannot be fully disengaged. 

  • BMW X1 (09-15)

When is a 4x4 not a 4x4? When it’s a rear-wheel drive BMW X1, launched in 2009. Although the smallest of the firm’s X models looks every inch the capable 4x4, many are specified in rear-wheel drive sDrive form – though anyone looking for typical BMW rear-wheel drive thrills may be dismayed to find that the electronic stability control cannot be fully disengaged. 

No matter, the X1 is still an entertaining drive, and should you wish, it is also available in four-wheel drive xDrive specification.

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

BMW X1 SUV 2015 on

4.5 out of 5
BMW X1 SUV 2015 on

New price range:
£28,210 - £36,970

Used price range:
£14,600 - £29,810

  • Improved looks
  • Great to drive
  • Efficient engines
  • More practical than ever
  • Lots of safety kit
  • Brand cache
  • Price has increased
  • Yet to try standard suspension
  • Servicing and maintenance could be expensive

BMW X1 Estate 2009 - 2015

4 out of 5
BMW X1 Estate 2009 - 2015

New price range:
£24,230 - £34,960

Used price range:
£5,140 - £19,012

  • Economical diesel engines with low CO2 emissions
  • Available with two or four-wheel drive
  • Large boot area
  • Some rather cheap feeling interior plastics
  • Firm ride

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