BMW X1

BMW X1

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How much does the BMW X1 cost to run?

The 2.0L diesel is the most economical BMW X1 to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The BMW X1 2.0L diesel costs £20.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band B.

It does just under 69 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty MINI Countryman 2.0L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 25, which is lower than the Citroen DS4 2.0L diesel, but higher than the Kia Sportage 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Citroen C3 Aircross has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model2.0L diesel
mpg44.8 - 68.9
emissions109 - 167
tax£20.00 - £235.00
insuranceGroup 18 - 34

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

BMW X1: How big is the boot?

The BMW X1 has an above average boot space (448 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 2 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 3 large bags or 3 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Renault Kadjar hatchback is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 4 large bags with its 647 litres.

Is the BMW X1 easy to park?

The BMW X1 is very middle of the road - it fills three quarters of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Citroen C4 Cactus.

When it comes to parking on the street, the X1 is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 12m, and a length of 4460m, giving you a relatively small 340mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Hyundai IX20.

Which BMW X1 has the best performance?

The fastest BMW X1 from 0-60, is the 2.0L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 450 lbs/ft torque and 231 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 6.6 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the MINI Countryman 2.0L petrol, which will beat your BMW X1 to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model2.0L diesel
zeroTo626.6 - 11.5
torque260 - 450
bhp116 - 231

What size caravan or trailer, can the BMW X1 tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the BMW X1 2.0L diesel which has 450 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 2000kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.