Owners of the previous X1 simply won’t recognise the spacious, flexible, classy customer they’ve taken delivery of here – and refugees from other crossover models will have plenty to say in praise of the car’s practicality, quality and handsomeness.

But those with a broader experience of BMW’s model range may not be quite so bowled over by this car and neither, quite, are we.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Much improved, but not the dominant act that its price implies

Although its performance is strong, it’s not outstandingly so and the same is true of its real-world fuel economy. The X1’s handling is spry but it isn’t a desperately slick or engaging car to drive. And, for a premium-brand car, it still leaves a fair amount to be desired on refinement.

In reflection of all of that, and of the high price asked for the car, our rank for the X1 places it outside of the top two.

It’s a broad and challenging class, sure, but also one in which BMW could expect to do better if it offered better value for money. As result the BMW X1 still falls behind the class topping Nissan Qashqai, and the agile and engaging Ford Kuga in our top five crossovers listings.

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