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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW X1


On the inside

Layout, finish and space

BMW X1 Xdrive 20d rear quarter

It’s roomy, nicely made and decently equipped. The switch to a transverse engine means lots of extra rear legroom, enough for full-size adults. The boot is big too and has a useful double floor, and being a crossover means its usefully highso you don’t have to bend down double to get things in and out. The separate sides of the rear seat optionally slide independently, so you shouldn’t want for versatility.

BMW’s latest-gen electronics mean several standard safety items, including forward collision warning and autonomous city braking. Many more come optionally at not-too-indigestible prices. For example, the optional head-up display is a compact hinged item, but plenty good enough. Satnav is standard, a basic but highly useable system. Pay more and you get a bigger screen, and internet connection with superb traffic info.

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