The X1’s pricing makes it pretty clear that BMW expects it to be in demand. Looking at the car’s closest rivals, the £32k asking price for a mid-spec xDrive20d Sport is fairly competitive.But when you look slightly further afield – at the step up from volume-brand alternatives or the closeness to a like-for-like BMW X3 – you may start to feel a bit short-changed by the X1.

We would mitigate the high costs by opting for the SE or Sport specs, and selecting the Navigation pack (£1490), the Technology pack (£990) and Electronic Damper Control (£390)

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
The X1’s LED lights provide good clarity and range but could be brighter

On a contract hire basis, the jump up to the X3 should be narrower still, with residual value experts CAP predicting slightly poorer residual performance from the smaller car.

Priced at more than £36k, the range-topping X1 xDrive25d costs as much as a well-equipped Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The car’s equipment level is reasonable but not a selling point on its own, and its fuel economy and CO2 emissions, although competitive, are not outstanding, either. Our True MPG testers produced an overall average of 42.7mpg from the xDrive20d.

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