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BMW X1

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW X1

£27,370£36,040

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

BMW X1 review: by going transverse-engined the X1 has become technically less distinctive, but more useful in the real world.

Go read our big group test – where we compare the X1 to the Jaguar E-Pace, Volvo XC40 and DS 7 – because it’s in such company that the X1’s main strengths and weaknesses are really revealed. It’s a very capable thing, probably the best all-rounder, but doesn’t excel in any one area. It’s a bit dull, its interior lags behind the Volvo’s and it doesn’t ride quite as well. This is such a competitive class now. You need a point of differentiation, and the X1’s is that it doesn’t really have one. Has appeal and no real, glaring flaws, but there are more interesting cars in this class.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

BMW X1 Xdrive 20d front quarter
BMW

xDrive 20d Sport 5dr

£32,155
N/A
59mpg
7.60s
190bhp
127g/km
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