This is the future, supercar buyers. If this is how it's to be, bring it on.
Being based on the best junior exec is a good start: this car is a belter.
Typically BMW for its sheer composure on the road and fine refinement.
Manages to serve up a zingy new style that hardly compromises its space or usefulness
The X3 has never done BMW much credit, but the new one is a thorough enough job to take on the class best
Less inviting to own than a Mercedes C-coupe, but scores points with excellent driving dynamics, a strong range, well laid-out cabin and class-best infotainment.
If you like the baroque styling and can find a dealer, go for it.
By going transverse-engined the X1 has become technically less distinctive, but more useful in the real world
Far better looking than the old 1 Series Coupe. Driving and owning qualities mark it out as a real BMW.