BMW X1 (2015) Review

BMW X1 (2015) At A Glance

Practical, spacious and good to drive. Diesel engines offer strong performance and low running costs. Primarily front wheel drive. Well-equipped as standard.

Expensive compared to mainstream rivals like the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar, but less than an Evoque. Options can add up quickly.

New prices start from £30,870, brokers can source from £24,181
Contract hire deals from £273.19 per month
Insurance Groups are between 30–34
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

With a classy cabin, impressively capable engines, low running costs and generous standard equipment, the 2015 front-wheel drive BMW X1 was a big step up from ithe original X1. Buyers looking at the Mercedes-Benz GLA or Audi Q3 should take note – BMW’s alternative is a real competitor.

Compared to the old X1 the new model looks a lot larger in pictures, but that’s deceptive. It’s actually slightly shorter, though it has increased in width and height a little. That makes for a more spacious cabin than before, with a back row that’s comfortable for adults and a flat, wide, 505-litre load area.

Standard equipment is generous – all models get navigation, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, DAB radio and front collision assistance among the basic gear. The front collision assist doesn’t just improve safety, it also lowers insurance premiums, meaning the new X1 is cheaper to insure than before.

It’s cheaper to run too, thanks to reduced emissions and improved fuel economy. The cleanest and most frugal model is the entry-level front-wheel drive sDrive18d diesel, whic has official economy of more than 60mpg. We’d recommend the more powerful, all-wheel drive xDrive20d however, which is still economical but has more get up and go.

The engine range also includes the 192PS xDrive20i petrol and 231PS xDrive25d diesel, as well as an all-wheel drive version of the entry-level 18d diesel. The X1 is at its best with the eight-speed automatic transmission, which uses the standard navigation system to predict the right gear for bends and hills, making for smoother progress, particularly on country roads.

Regardless of engine or transmission the X1 is a good car to drive, with accurate, nicely weighted steering and well-judged suspension that gives good body control without being uncomfortably firm. The X1 works off road too, tackling steep hills and loose surfaces like gravel with aplomb. Serious off-roading might not be possible, but for the average buyer the X1 is more than capable.

There are dozens of crossovers to choose from these days, whether in the form of popular mainstream models like the Nissan Qashqai or more luxurious alternatives such as the Audi Q3. But even in the face of some very serious competition the new-generation BMW X1 is a very impressive car indeed.

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Real MPG average for a BMW X1 (2015)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

27–58 mpg

MPGs submitted


Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.


Should I go for a petrol or diesel if I drive 10,000 miles per year?
I’m buying a BMW X1 but I’m not sure which engine to get between the 1.8 diesel or the 2.0 petrol. I drive around 10,000 miles a year - probably 70/30 motorway/town. I’m told from most dealers that for that amount of miles, I should go petrol. If I was doing anything over 14,000 then diesel. Do you agree?
I would focus on your daily mileage rather than annual. A DPF on a diesel needs 15-miles per journey to regenerate and burn off the soot it gathers. Anything less than 15-miles per trip is asking for trouble with a diesel.
Answered by Dan Powell
Does remapping affect a car's warranty?
Will a remap affect the warranty on my BMW X1?
A remap will invalidate your BMW warranty and be classed as a modification by your insurer and invalidate the cover, if you fail to inform them.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the best used, premium SUV?
I'm after a used, premium SUV. It needs to be automatic, of decent spec and petrol. I have £20,000 - £25,000 to spend and am looking at the Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 and BMW X1. I'd welcome your thoughts, tips, suggestions and recommendations!
The XC40 is the best compact SUV on sale right now. It was named the Honest John Car of the Year in 2019 and has been a huge success story for Volvo: For the latest Volvo XC40 deals, see:
Answered by Dan Powell
Can I fit non-runflat tyres to my BMW X1?
Can I swap the runflat tyres on my BMW X1 XDrive M Sport auto for non-runflats?
Yes, but then you will need to buy a spare wheel and find somewhere to put it. If your X1 is on stupid 19-inch wheels with 225/45 R19 fronts and 255/40 R19 rears then the profile of the tyres is the problem, not that they are runflats. For a more comfortable ride you can fit 18-inch wheels with 225/50 tyres or 17-inch with 225/55 tyres.
Answered by Honest John

What does a BMW X1 (2015) cost?

Buy new from £24,181 (list price from £29,415)
Contract hire from £273.19 per month
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