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The Top Gear car review:BMW X1

Overall verdict
By going transverse-engined the X1 has become technically less distinctive, but more useful in the real world


Performance, chassis, cabin design and space, much-improved style


Not cheap, not a lot else


What is it?

This BMW X1 is the second generation of the company’s smallest crossover. There’s been a major change this time around. It’s based not on a natively rear-drive platform, but on BMW’s new front-drive/4WD components (the same setup is already used in the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV). This means a transverse engine, freeing up extra cabin space.

In size and space, this brings it into line with the meat of the big-selling family crossover market, such as the Ford Kuga. But of course it’s more expensive than the Ford and can be had with more sophisticated equipment. Not that you’ll be considering the Ford: this is all about BMW X1 vs Audi Q3. Most versions are 4WD except the base 18d diesel. All engines, petrol or diesel, are 2.0-litre jobs from BMWs new powertrain family.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
xDrive 25d M Sport 5dr Step Auto
6.6s 132g/km 56.5 231 £37,525
The cheapest
sDrive 18i SE 5dr
9.6s 121g/km 51.4 140 £26,685
The greenest
sDrive 18d M Sport 5dr
9.2s 109g/km 68.9 150 £31,265
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